According to multiple sources in Japan we may be set to see 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] turn professional.
Originally Shimizu had been wanting to go to the Rio 2016 games, though has since seen countryman Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] claim the Japanese place, following his success in the 3rd place box off at the recent Asian Qualifiers. Knowing that his Olympic dreams are over Shimizu has apparently began to look towards turning professional.
Whilst no out and out decision has been made it does sound like Shimizu is very likely to hand in the vest and begin his professional campaign later this year.
Amazingly one source has indicated that if, or rather when, Shimizu turns professional he'll be doing so with the intent of making a serious statement, and fast. As part of that it seems he'll be looking at breaking the Japanese speed record for fewest fights to win a world title, a record held at 5 fights by Kosei Tanaka.
Given that Shimizu has been fighting at 60KG's, or 132lbs, it seems likely his professional debut would come between Featherweight and Super Featherweight and given the ambition of breaking the Japanese record it would seem likely he'd have to face live opponents from the off, with a possible Japanese or OPBF title fight in his third contest.
At the moment there is a lot of speculation though we suspect Shimizu will make a public announcement in the coming weeks, possibly after working out things like a TV deal for his professional career, and maybe even inking a promotional deal with a major promoter, though he may stay with Miki House going forward. Despite the speculation one thing is certain, is Shimizu does turn professional big things will be expected of him.
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