One of the more notable Japanese youngsters climbing through the ranks at the moment is the exciting Ken Shiro (8-0, 4), who in just 8 fights has claimed the WBC Youth, Japanese and OPBF Light Flyweight titles. Ken Shiro will make his first defense of the Oriental title this coming Thursday as he takes on Filipino challenger Lester Abutan (11-5-3, 5), who has mixed with good company but has come up short against the likes of Giemel Magramo and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
Of the two it's the champion who is better known with his entire career having been fought under a microscope following the success of his father Hisashi Teraji. He has however answered all the questions asked of him and has impressed from his debut, which saw him out boxing Heri Amol, right through to unifying the Japanese and Oriental titles earlier this year, when he took a wide decision over Toshimasa Ouchi. Along the way he has scored notable wins over Katsunori Nagamine, Kenichi Horikawa and Atsushi Kakutani and become a world ranked fighter, with 3 of the 4 world title bodies ranking him in the top 10.
In the ring Ken Shiro has all the tools to go a long way. He has developed impressive stamina, hits harder than his record suggests, has all the punches in the book and is impressively with quick with both hands and feet. He does have defensive lapses, with them appearing to be his biggest flaw, but but those lapses re slowly disappearing from his game and he is plugging holes whilst preparing for world title fights, and improving some of his deficiencies.
Abutan on the other hand is less well known but has slowly moved through the ranks since debuting in 2013. To begin his career things were a struggle as he fell to 2-1-1 (1) after 4 fights, drawing with the then unbeaten Nino Valenzuela and losing to the very talented Giemel Magramo. Despite those set backs he got his career back on track scoring 3 wins before suffering another draw and a second loss, falling to 5-2-2. His career continued to struggle over the fights that came and earlier this year his record was 9-5-3 (5) following a narrow loss to Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, thankfully though he has bounced back well with back-to-back wins over Renren Tesorio and Mateo Handig.
The Filipino has shown several things through his career so far. He has proven he's tough, and has never been stopped, although being dropped several times during his career he has always recovered to his feet and fought back hard, and he has shown real development in his skills since his early days. His loss to Fahlan was really unfortunate ans it was clear there that he had the talent to make a mark on the sport. He's aggressive,a bit of a terrier and although not the most skilled he's a real handful for fighters at 108lbs with his toughness and energy.
Although Abutan is a handful we see this as being a bout where Ken Shiro should be too good, too quick and too capable for the Filipino. Abutan will have his moments, especially early, but we think Ken Shiro will prove to be too sharp, and too smart for the marauding aggressiveness of the challenger, despite some success from Abutan through out the fight
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