Former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda (31-6-2, 14) [下田 昭文] has had a frustrating few years in the ring, fighting to a draw in 2013 with Roli Gasca before suffering losses to Marvin Sonsona, Satoshi Hosono and Shota Hayashi in bouts for titles. Today though he has announced his retirement, taking to his blog to state that his professional career was over after 39 fights.
The popular southpaw debuted back in 2003 and and claimed his first title in 2007, when he beat Daisuke Yamanaka for the Japanese Super Bantamweight title. He defended the title 3 times before losing a technical decision to Kazuma Miura in 2008. Shimoda would rebuild from that loss and in 2010 he claimed the OPBF title,beating Hiromasa Ohashi for the belt, which he defended once. In 2011 Shimoda scared a career defining win over Ryol Li Lee to claim the WBA Super Bantamweight title.
Sadly for Shimoda he'd lose that title in his first defense, suffering a KO of the year contender to Rico Ramos in a bout he was seemingly in control of. Following that loss he moved upto Featherweight and had mixed success, suffering a highlight reel KO loss to Sonsona and narrowly coming up short to Hosono and Hayashi.
Although best remembered for his losses Shimoda's career has seen him achieve success at every level of the sport and he has certainly had a career to be proud of.
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