Last year we saw Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9) [木村翔] become another of boxing's feel good stories, coming almost out of no-where to stop Zou Shiming and claim the WBO Flyweight title, which he managed to defend before the end of the year. The relative poor and unknown Japanese impressed all that saw him with his tenacity and will to win, and although not the most natural of boxers few will be doubting his ability as a fighter.
Today it was revealed that Kimura would be honoured by the prefecture of Saitama for his service to Sports, a huige achievement for a man who, until recently, was an obscure fighter in the background of a packed Japanese Flyweight scene.
The likable Kimura will be officially given his award on January 26th, by the Saitama Prefectural Government, who seemed to be as impressed as us boxing fans by Kimura's 2017.
Although we're not yet sure when Kimura will next be in action it's clear that he's a man Japanese fans want to see more of, and so to do the Chinese fans. In fact Chinese boxing promoters brought Kimura over to China last week to attend a card on Saturday, and it seemed clear that Kimura thinks highly of the fan base he has in the country, following his win over Shiming for the title. It's possible that he will fight against on Chinese soil later in the year, but there are numerous opponents angling for a fight with him, and a lot of offers are expected to be on the table for the aggresive Aoki gym fighter.
(Image courtesy of Aoki gym)
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