Back in July we saw Japanese fighter Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 8) [木村翔] score one of the surprises of the year, as he stopped Chinese star Zou Shiming (9-2, 2) [邹市明] to become the WBO Flyweight champion.
Today he was honoured in Kumagaya, Saitama, as he met the Mayor Kiyoshi Tomioka and was awarded a special award at the city hall, becoming one of very few people to be given the honour.
Kimura, along with Masayuki Ariyoshi, the chairman of the Aoki gym, and his proud father Takayuki, had the chance to sit and chat with the mayor during the award ceremoney, and it seemed clear that the fighter really was proud of his achievement and the honour given to him.
The event also saw Kimura talk about an event planned for late September, which is likely to see him announce his first defense. There is said to be a number of options available for the champion, though it's fair to say given his huge win in China little will trouble him, and his desire to remain a world champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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