The bout, which has been rumoured for several months, will see the unbeaten Japanese youngster get his first world title bout and try to add the WBC title to him impressive collection, and extend his unbeaten run to 10 straight. He would however have to score a career best win to over-come Lopez who is a real talent, and a genuinely world class veteran. For Lopez this will be his second of the title, a title that he won in March 2016 when he defeated Yu Kimura in Japan. Since the winning the belt he has defended it once, out pointing the then mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing last July.
Since turning professional back in 2014 Ken Shiro has been on the fast track to the top, and although he's taken slightly longer than Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka no one can see he's taken his timing rising through the ring. He has already scored notable wins against the likes of Kenchi Horikawa and Atsushi Kakutani and at 25 years old will only just be coming into his prime.
Aged 35 Lopez is a true veteran, and made his debut all the way back in 2003. His career has been a hard one, with bouts against a divisional who's who, but he's used his experiences and losses to become one of the very best Light Flyweights in the world and he will certainly not see Ken Shiro as anything like a step up in class, whilst the challenger is stepping up in a big way.
The bout will be one of the three world title bouts taking place on the same show, with the headline bout set to be Ryota Murata (12-0, 9) [村田 諒太] bout with Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (35-2, 21) for the WBA "regular" Middleweight title.
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