On May 1st we reported that former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda (28-4-2, 12) would be fighting on June 6, making his ring return following last year's brutal KO at the hands of Filipino sensation Marvin Sonsona in Macau. Today we can add to that by saying that his opponent for the bout will be once beaten Featherweight contender Gosuke Seki (16-1-2, 3).
The bout will be held at Featherweight, where Seki is ranked by the JBC, and will see Seki fighting in his most notable bout since last year's TKO loss to Satoshi Hosono in a Japanese Featherweigth title bout.
The bout really is a must win for both men. Shimoda knows that another loss, especially another brutal stoppage, will be the end of his career. He'll go in the favourite though having been out of the ring for over a year, and being win-less in more than 18 months, his confidence will be shot. Whilst the former world champion doesn't need to worry about suffering another KO of the Year type loss he does still nee to concentrate and make sure to put on a complete performance. For Seki a win would boost his standing in the sport, substantially, whilst a loss would almost certainly cost him his domestic ranking and any chance of getting a rematch with Hosono later this year or early next year.
Despite "only" being a domestic 8 round bout this is a genuinely intriguing contest and one that both men will be giving their all in.
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