Earlier this week Ian Melodillar shared the news that Filipino world title contender Robert Paradero (18-1, 12) would be travelling to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to face WBF Minimumweight champion Thembelani Okolo (9-5-1, 5), on June 27th.
Not it's been revealed Paradero is out of the bout, and will be replaced by fellow Filipino Clyde Azarcon (17-3-1, 6).
The reason given for the change was the fact Paradero wanted to be paid in advance for the fight, a rather uncommon request but one that perhaps should be a surprise given the history of Filipino boxers fighting in South Africa.
Ovwr the years promoters like Andile Sidinile and Siphatho Handi have been punished for not paying purses, and there are numerous examples of Filipino's not being given the money from South African promoters that they were expecting, including a long running battle for Jonas Sultan to recieve $1000 for a bout that was cancelled at late notice.
Interestingly Jaoquin M Henson, writing for MSN.com, explained that Paradero was set to get just $4,000 for the fight along with 3 plane tickets.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] make his biggest statement so far, and claim his first professional title. Doing so in just 72 seconds.
The 19 year old from the Watanabe gym, who only made his debut 10 months ago, was up against Filipino Clyde Azarcon (15-3-1, 5) in what looked like a tough ask for someone so early in his career. Despite the step up in class Shigeoka did exactly what he needed to to announce himself, blowing out Azarcon to claim the previously vacant WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Prior to the fight Shigeoka had confidently spoke about targeting the body of Azarcon, and predicted a win in 4 or 5 rounds. That prediction was at least partly right.
Straight from the off he applied pressure, targeting the body of the Filipino and applying pressure to the visitor. That pressure backed Azarcon onto the ropes, and although Azarcon tried to fight back his wild shots failed to have any success with Shigeoka backing off smartly and landing a devastating left hand to the body of the Filipino. The shot dropped Azarcon for the 10 count, at an official time of 1 minute 12 seconds.
With the win Shigeoka matches the Japanese male record for fewest fights to a title, tying the likes of Kosei Tanaka and Naoya Inoue, and sets a male speed record, claiming a title 10 months and 2 days after his debut, beating the record of stablemate Hiroto Kyoguchi's by just over a week. It may seem early but Shigeoka certainly looks like he will find his name being compared regularly to the likes of Tanaka, Inoue, and Kyoguchi over the coming years.
Shigeoka and Azarcon make weight!
Tomorrow fight fans at the Koakuen Hall, and those using the Paravi service, will get the chance to see super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] go for a major title in just his 4th professional bout.
The highly touted Japanese fighter will be up against foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title, and today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men, thankfully, made weight with no issues at all, in fact they were both well under the limit.
Shigeoka, the much, much shorter man, was comfortably under the limit at around 104.7lbs. He looked strong, determined Shigeoka, giving around around 10cm in height, admitted that he though getting a title fight in his 4th bout was early, but that he was happy and seemed confident, stating he was looking for a stoppage in 4 of 5 rounds, with his body attack likely to be a focus.
Interestingly Azarcon was much lighter than Shigeoka, despite being the far taller man. The Filipino, fighting in Japan for the first time, was 103lbs at the weigh in. He looked a bit gaunt, and clearly has a long body to attack, but stated he was in come condition and that he would win for his family.
Sadly for those not able to get to Korakuen Hall or make the most of Paravi, this bout is expected to air in some form next week on TBS.
Shigeoka goes for regional title against Azarcon!
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On July 27th we get a stacked card from Dangan and Watanabe. The hope had long been for the card to be made available live on Boxing Raise, given that Dangan were involved in the promotion of the show. Sadly however it's now clear that Boxing Raise will not have the show live.
Instead Japanese premium service Paravi will have the card streamed live online, allowing only Japanese viewers to watch the card which features a brilliant triple header of title fights.
The show will be headlined by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], in what looks like a solid third defense for the champion.
As well as the main event the other title bouts on the card will see Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] taking on mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the next bout in the career of the highly touted Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] , who faces Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Although the live broadcast news is hugely disappointing it is worth noting that TBS will show parts of the card, as part of their "Guts Fighting" series, just 2 days later on free TV, giving the fighters a chance to show what they can do to a wider audience than Boxing Raise could ever manage. In a way this is a silver lining to the gray cloud.
Mishiro takes on Takenaka in latest OPBF title defense
Saito and Suzuki battle for Japanese crown
Shigeoka goes for regional title against Azarcon!
Earlier today Kaoebi revealed that exciting youngster Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] has unfortunately had to pull out of his July 27th Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout against Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人], following an injury in training.
Kadoebi, who promote the all action Sato, didn't go into to too much detail about the injury but revealed that they are looking to postpone the bout, rather than totally cancel it, leaving the door open for a rescheduling of the fight down the line. They also apologised to Shiba, the RK Boxing family, who promote Shiba and the fans.
The bout was scheduled to be 1 of 4 title bouts on a stacked late July Dangan card, and whilst the injury is certainly a disappointing one for Sato, and for fans looking forward to the bout, the card is still a really strong one with 3 title bouts remaining. They will see Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] defending against mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the super fast rising Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] facing Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) in a bout for the in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
On paper the Sato Vs Shiba clash looked like it was going to be something special, so we've got our fingers crossed that the bout will be rescheduled later in the year, though there is nothing official at the time of writing.
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