Yesterday Japanese youngster Ken Shiro (6-0, 3) [拳 四朗] took part in a event to say thanks to the people who have sponsored his career so far.
The fighter, along with key members of his team including his father, looked very proud to be part of the event and confident of becoming a world champion, building on his success from last year. Of course last year he claimed both the WBC Youth and Japanese Light Flyweight titles.
The youngster will be back in the ring on April 14th, when he defends his Japanese title against former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (17-4-1, 10) [角谷 淳志]. That bout will be Ken Shiro's first defense of the title that he won late last year, when he out pointed Kenichi Horikawa.
The hope seems to be for Ken Shiro to get a world title fight in the near future. His team don't seem to be saying he's quite ready for one, but it's obvious that they feel he's on his way there and that he's going to fight for one when he's ready.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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