December 10th 1983- Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Dodie Boy Penalosa (12-0-1, 4) Jr Vs Satoshi Shingaki (4-0-1, 3)
Until very recently the Japanese Boxing Commission refused to acknowledge the IBF. That however didn't stop two Japanese men fighting under a an IBF based Japanese sanctioning body. One of those was Ken Kasugai, who fought and lost against Ju-Do Chun, the other was Satoshi Shingaki who fought his first IBF title fight against Filipino fighter Dodie Boy Penalosa. The bout bout between Penalosa and Shingaki was for the inaugural IBF Light Flyweight title and would help set both men on their careers with each man eventually winning IBF titles before retiring.
In recent years the Japanese boxing commission (JBC) have elected to recognise both the IBF and WBO, that however wasn't always the case and back in the 1980's Satoshi Shingaki was effectively a renegade as he became the first Japanese fighter to challenger for, and win, an IBF title. Sadly for Shingaki he had to travel away for many of his more notable fights including two visits to Australia to face the destructive Jeff Fenech.
This video is the second of those fights between Shingaki and Fenech and unfortunately for Shingaki he was unable to regain the title he had lost to Fenech 4 months earlier. In many ways this was an even more painful than the first meeting between the two with Shingaki being beaten up from the opening round.
Shingaki was bloodied in the first, cut badly in the second, rocked hard in round 3 and then, eventually, stopped in the corner, a decision he wasn't happy with.
Amazingly it took a more than 20 years before another Japanese fighter, Katsunari Takayama, fought for an IBF title. Takayama would later become the second IBF world champion from Japan as he took the Minimumweight title from Mario Rodriguez and soon afterwards the JBC eventually opened the door for the IBF and WBO.
In 1984 Japan's Satoshi Shingaki became the first ever IBF champion from Japan as he claimed the IBF Bantamweight title by over-coming Elmer Magallano. Sadly as well as being the first IBF champion from Japan he was also the first Japanese fighter to lose an IBF title as he was stopped by Australian Jeff Fenech.
The bout was memorable for several reasons, both positive and negative. Not only did it see Fenech winning a world title in just his 7th bout but it also saw some serious debates about the stoppage with Shingaki looking out classed but still fighting back and still looking like he was fine, just out classed. The controversial decision to stop the fight did see a rematch fought just 4 months later, that time however Shingaki was stopped whilst a bloody mess from an horrific cut over his eye.
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