April 22nd 2008- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Akio Shibata (9-4-1, 5) Vs Kazuhiko Hidaka (26-5, 18)
Today Akio Shibata is one of the more well known Japanese fighters in the Middleweight division. Around 7 years ago however he was a Light Middleweight trying to make a name for himself. In Shibata's first title bout he took on the then OPBF Light Middleweight champion Kazuhiko Hidaka, a hard hitting fighter who had previously claimed the OPBF Welterweight title before moving toe 154lbs and defeating Yuki Nonaka for the title there.
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