Shimizu and Lee make weight!
Tomorrow fans will get the chance to see former Japanese amateur stand out Satoshi Shimizu (0-0) [清水 聡] make his debut, as he takes on Korean fighter In Kyoo Lee (3-2, 1) [이인규] in a 6 rounder.
The 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner and the Korean Featherweight champion both took part in their official weigh in this morning and both made the contracted 58KG weight limit for the bout, in fact both came in light at 57.8KG's.
For those who work in lbs both men were 127.4lbs, well under the Super Featherweight limit and marginally above the Featherweight limit.
At the weigh in both men looked relaxed and calm though it was obvious that Shimizu was the more confident of the two men and it seems like he and his team believe he can score a KO over the Korean and make a great impression on his professional debut. The Korean, who will be returning to the ring for the first time in almost 2 years, looked confident but this is a huge step up for him.
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Today Ohashi held a press conference and signing ceremony ahead of their show this coming Sunday. The event gave the press a chance to hear what the fighters though and how they felt ahead of this weekend's fights.
The biggest name involved in the show is WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥], who will be facing Thai challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม]. At the event stated his hand had no issues and that it was 100% healed following his last bout, a decision win over David Carmona. He also stated that he was focusing on his fight before looking ahead to next weekend's WBC title fight between Carlos Cuadras and Roman Gonzalez.
Petchbarngborn's trainer, Chatchai Sasakul, stated that his fighter had to make the most of his opportunity whilst the fighter himself seemed confident and calm whilst also seemingly happy to be getting a shot at a top fighter.
Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue (7-0, 2) [井上 拓真] stated that he wanted a good performance against Filipino Froilan Saludar (23-1-1, 14), as he looked to make a statement and prepare for a world title fight in the very near future.
Another fighter from the televised card, Satoshi Shimizu (0-0) [清水 聡] also spoke, ahead of his debut against Korean fighter In Kyoo Lee (3-2, 1) [이인규], and it seemed like he was confident and excited about making a mark on the professional fight scene.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw 2012 Olympic star Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] pass his pro-test to claim a B license ahead of his September debut. Following that test his opponent for his September 4th bout was announced.
The announcement was that Shimizu's debut would be against former KBC Featherweight champion In Kyoo Lee (3-2, 1) [이인규], who won the KBC Featherweight title in 2004 with a win over Moon Sun Jung, as seen in the video below. From the records we can find Lee hasn't fought since that win, though with Korean boxing being a total mess there is a good chance he is more experienced than the numbers suggest.
Shimizu's debut will be 6 round bout set at 58KG's, which is just under 127.9lbs. This would make one assume that Shimizu's future lies at 126lbs going forward and not 130lbs. As a Featherweight he will be a very tall fighter and as seen today he towered over former former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (32-2-1, 21) [細野 悟].
Video shows Lee's most notable bout to date, and we believe his most recent.
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