At the start of today Hiroki Shiino (11-4, 10) was a world ranked Bantamweight and a former OPBF champion looking to take the next step towards a major bout. By the end of today he'll likely be a man wondering where it all went wrong and what caused his once promising career to falter like it has done recently.
Last June Shiino avenged a loss to Dennis Tubieron and claimed the OPBF title. With that win it seemed that Shiino was going to go on big things though sadly for him he was stopped, in his first defense, by Ryosuke Iwasa in 5 rounds. Shiino would bounce back earlier this year a straight forward win over Rodel Tejares. Sadly for Shiino the win over Tejares did little more than paper over cracks, cracks were broken wide open today by the unheralded Hideo Sakamoto (15-1-2, 5), who recorded his 5th successive win and leap frogged towards a major bout of his own.
Shiino, a noted puncher, came out looking for the KO. Sadly for him however his shots were telegraphed and Sakamoto saw them early before timing his own counters, get his shots off and landing clean with them. When that happened Shiino looked in trouble and round by round Sakamoto grew into the bout, becoming more successful and forcing Shiino to become more desperate.
The success Sakamoto was having was taking it's toll on Shiino who was dropped and began looking like a brave but beaten man. From then on it was a matter of time and as Sakamoto let his hands go towards the end of round 5 and he left the referee with no option but to stop Shiino who was beginning to take a beating.
This win for Sakamoto may not get him a world ranking, despite the face Shiino was ranked #12 with the WBC, but it will have put the division on alert and we'd not be shocked to see get a Japanese or OPBF title fight 2015 on the back of this huge, and career changing, win.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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