Today, following that huge win, Ken Shiro took part in a press conference along with his manager/father Hisashi Teraji.
Ken Shiro stated that he was glad to have won the bout, though the decision was a razor thin one. It's clear that such a tough 12 round bout will improve the youngster. The fighter and his father, who have got a really close relationship, seemed to celebrate the fact that they had done the journey to a world title together, something that had been their aim since Ken Shiro's professional debut.
Both the fighter and his father, a former fighter himself, stated that a unification bout with one of the other world champions, all of whom are Japanese, would be interesting and that seems to be their goal long term. Before then however will be a mandatory title defense for Ken shiro, who will have to face off with former champion Pedro Guevara (30-2-1, 17), who won the WBC title in Japan in 2014 against current IBF champion Akira Yaegashi, and lost it in 2015 in Japan to Yu Kimura.
Interestingly at the time of writing boxrec rank Guevara and Ken Shiro as the #1 and #2 in the division.
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