December 14th 2016-Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0, 6) vs Shin Ono (19-7-3, 3)
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand saw WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] battle with Japanese challenger Shin Ono [小野 心].
September 17th 2015-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Kenichi Horikawa (29-13-1, 6) vs Shin Ono (18-6-2, 2)
In September 2015 former world title challenger Shin Ono [小野 心] took on Kenichi Horikawa [○堀川 謙一] in a bout for the vacant Japanese Light Flyweight title.
January 12th 2013- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Shin Ono (14-5-2, 2) Vs Omari Kimweri (12-2, 4)
In 2013 Japanese fans saw Shin Ono battle against Australian based Tanzanian born Omari Kimweri for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. At the time neither man was massively well known though in 2014 both men came to prominence. At one point Kimweri was supposed to fight the then WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong, until he was prevented from entering China due to "visa issues" whilst Ono would go on to fight the then IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama in a very tough contest for Takayama.
When we think of fighters who are disliked by the boxing public at large we think of fighters who do something out of the ring to make us hate them or people who do something in the ring to frustrate us or even turn us against them. It's rare however for a man to turn the boxing community against him by trying to help his country get a foot hold in the boxing world. Sadly for Xiong Zhao Zhong he seems to be an exception to the rule and is genuinely disliked by vast swathes of the boxing community who don't tend to usually pay any interest in the division that he competes in. It seems that the hatred of Zhong can actually make people care about the Minimumweight division.
We know a a lot of the hatred aimed at Zhong surrounds the way he won his title with the WBC delaying the opportunity that Denver Cuello had rightfully earned. We understand that for many that was a reason to hate Zhong though at the end of the day it was political decision by the WBC who make decisions we dislike regular, we rarely however turn our anger on the fighter. We know it was a move to help crown the first Chinese world champion but that alone is an achievement and a move towards further globalising our great sport, something we surely want to see happen.
What few seem to know about Zhong is that before his world title fight he was actually an established fighter himself. He wasn't some novice getting a title fight to gift wrap China a world title but was a fighter who had been a professional for over 6 years and had taken part in over 20 contests, including the one featured below which saw Zhong travel to Japan and fight against Shin Ono.
Ono, although the more correct boxer, was given a very tough test by Zhong who showed a number of the traits that make him more difficult to beat than people think and in fact a case could be made for Zhong to have gotten at very least a draw against Ono who later went on to claim the OPBF Light Flyweight title and fought for the IBF Minimumweight title giving Katsunari Takayama a tricky fight.
We know it sounds like we are Zhong apologists but we're not, we just tend to feel he gets a lot more hate than he is due when we have numerous other fighters getting undeserved opportunities almost weekly. And of course those who hate Zhong would have loved his fight with Oswaldo Novoa.
When we talk about our favourite fighters we are very open in talking about out admiration of Japan's Katsunari Takayama, a man we are massive fans of for his mentality to fight tough foes on a regular basis.
Of course when you fight tough opponents regularly you don't always look great and that was certainly true when Takayama took on fellow Japanese fighter Shin Ono on May 7th 2014. In fact if anything Takayama looked frustrated at times, seemed to miss an awful lot and appeared to struggle a bit with the size, movement and southpaw stance of Ono, though did come out on top with a clear decision win.
Ono may be unknown to many fight fans though is a capable fighter and a former OPBF Light Flyweight champion. This was his first world title bout though he had proven his ability somewhat by taking wins over Yu Kimura, Xiong Zhao Zhong and Omari Kimweri. From this performance we wouldn't be shocked to see Ono competing at the world level again somewhere down the line and with his tricky style and long arms he really could be a handful for many fighters in the 105lb or 108lb divisions. The one he perhaps lacks however is world class experience, something he gained here in a big way.
Interesting the next fight of Ono's comes just a couple of days before Takayama fights in a world title unification bout. On this performance Takayama will struggle with his upcoming bout, though we don't think this was the best of Takayama.
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