Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall had their first chance to see Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] since he signed his professional papers earlier this year. The 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner took part in his pro-test bout, sparring with 3-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (32-2-1, 21) [細野 悟].
The spar saw Shimizu impress against the small, naturally shorter man. It was a high level spar, but one that seemed to show the difference in natural size as much as skill with Hosono, in many ways, being made to order for Shimizu to look good, especially given the size difference and the style that Hosono uses.
Despite the spar being one that Shimizu looked good init was clear that Hosono wasn't just going to roll over for him and he brought the pressure forcing Shimizu to respond. It's clear that this wasn't the first time the men had been in the ring together and the two Ohashi men will likely continue working together at the gym, with Shimizu have a style that could help Hosono for his next bout, an October contest against Argentina's Jonathan Victor Barros (40-4-1, 22).
For Shimizu this test has seen secures him a license ahead of his planned September debut.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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