You often only find out how good a fighter is when they step up and begin to face "known fighters". Sadly in the case of Takahiro Shigee we found out how good was in a rather painful fashion as he stepped up to face the very talented Rodrigo Guerrero and was slowly ground down by the former world champion from Mexico.
Shigee went into this bout as an unbeaten fighter but a clear under-dog. He had never fought anyone like Guerrero before and it showed despite some, albeit relatively few, moments of success.
For Shigee this was a painful lesson and a harsh way to learn about neglecting your defences though on the flipside it's shown some major things that he can work on and hopefully he'll come back to make those improvements, after all losing to Rodrigo Guerrero is nothing shameful and he is a very good fighter himself.
Sometimes finding some quality footage of a fighter can actually be a lot more difficult than one might assume. That's certainly the case for the OPBF ranked Takahiro Shigee who has very limited footage available and we could, earlier today, only find a single complete bout. Sadly that bout was a relative waste of time as he faced Thailand's Banchadej Sithprakaifah.
The bout was a mismatch from the off and Shigee did as he pleased against someone who simply didn't fight. In fact what Banchadej did was replicate a punching bag by taking shots.
Shigee did try and get the Thai to lead a few times but Banchadej refused to throw more than a token shot every so often. It was clear the Thai wasn't there to beat Shigee or even test him but instead he wanted to be ultra negative and spoil to make Shigee look bad. In fairness that did happen at times and Shigee did look poor himself before finally dropping the Thai who was happy to take a seat on the canvas.
We know Shigee is better than this performance indicates but sadly footage of the fighter is so difficult to come across that it's hard to actually prove it. Hopefully he takes his upcoming opportunity, against Rodrigo Guerrero but it is a huge step up for the 22 year old Southpaw.
(Video courtesy of kobeshinsei)
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