Earlier this year we saw little known Japanese fighter Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 8) [木村翔] spring a huge upset, as he travelled to China and stopped Zou Shiming for the WBO Flyweight title. After his win the WBO ordered him to make a mandatory defense against fellow Japanese fighter, and former WBC champion, Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-3 12) [五十嵐 俊幸].
Today we finally saw all the details of the Kimura Vs Igarashi bout being announced, and it's just so happened to have become another end of year treat.
The bout will take place on December 31st and has been added to the previously announced Watanabe card, which will feature a Light Flyweight unification boutbetween WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一] and IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-2, 13) and an IBF Minimumweight title bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人] and Carlos Buitrago (30-2-1-1, 17). Like those bout the contest is also expected to be televised by TBS.
The bout will be Kimura's first defense of the title, and will see him looking to score his third stoppage win of the year, and solidify his place as a top Flyweight, rather than a man who beat the over-hyped Shiming. For Igarashi the bout is a chance to become a 2-time champion following a short run as the WBC title holder in 2012-2013, and is likely to be his toughest bout since his title loss to Akira Yaegashi. Interestingly since losing the WBC title Igarashi has gone 6-0-2 (2) with a staggering 4 technical decisions during that run.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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