Following that win Ken Shiro seemed to announce that his next bout was lined for December 27th and would see him face Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (30-13-1, 7). At the time however the bout wasn't actually signed, sealed and announced. It was close though.
On Friday that bout was finally announced.
As first reported it will indeed take place on December 27th and will be for Horikawa's title, though Ken Shiro's belt will not be on the line. The announcement also included the venue, which will be the Oyamazaki-cho Gym in Kyoto, a region where both fighters live.
The announcement for the bout also revealed that the two fighters had been sparring in the past and have a fantastic relationship, however it seems likely that they will put their friendship to one side in what promises to be a brilliant fight, and will hopefully end up being televised across Japan.
Ken Shiro to get Japanese title shot in December!
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