The bout was the second meeting between the two men who had first met in March 1973 with Shibata successfully claiming the WBA Super Featherweight title with a narrow decision over Villaflor in Hawaii. The men met again just 7 months later and the result really couldn't be any different as Villaflor regained is title inside 2 minutes with a thunderbolt that left Shibata out cold.
It was, in many ways, the perfect way to recapture the title for Villaflor who would fight on until 1976 eventually losing his title to Samuel Serrano in Puerto Rico. As As for Shibata he would claim the WBC Super Featherweight title 4 months after this fight, beating Ricardo Arredondo. As the WBC champion Shibata would defend the belt thrice before losing to Alfredo Ecalera and slowing winding down his career which came to an end in 1977.