Earlier this year Korean fighter Sa Myung Noh (11-4, 4) [노사명] shocked the Japanese boxing scene as he defeated Ryo Takenaka [竹中 良] and claimed the OPBF Featherweight title. Sadly for Noh his reign was a short one, and it ended today, as he was dominated by 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4) [清水 聡].
From the opening seconds it was clead that Shimizu was the more talented fighters, and he quickly established his range and distance, whilst landing some nasty looking straight left hands. Noh looked to try and neutralise the skills of Shimizu by getting up close, but it didnt's really help the Korean who took body shots up close, and was dropped in round 4.
The Korean showed his fighting spirit by getting up and continuing to fight back but it really was to no avail and the following round the referee was forced to save the brave, but totally outclassed Korean.
The win sees Shimizu match Kosei Tanaka as the quickest Japanese fighter to claim an OPBF title, and it seems clear that he and his team are eying their first defense in the near future, potentially before the end of 2017.
Mr Ohashi, Shimizu's promoter, stated that the intention is to get Shimizu a world title fight in 2018, though no champion has been named as their ideal target.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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