Earlier today news broke from Japan that former Japanese 2-weight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-6-2, 8) [新藤寛之] had retired at the age of 34, with the news being confirmed on his Gym's web site.
The former Japanese Welterweight and Light Middleweight champion had began his career in 2007 and had mixed success through his 28 fight career.
He reached the 2008 East Japan final in the Rookie of the Year before suffering his first loss to Suyon Takayama, in what was an ultra-close decision. He would rebuild from that and face Takayama a second time, in 2015. That was for the Japanese Welterweight title and once again Takayama took a razor thin decision over Shindo.
Although Shindo's first title fight saw him come up short he would go on to win the title 10 months later, when he beat Yasuhiro Okawa for the belt in 2016. Sadly for him he didn't have long to celebrate and he lost the belt just 3 months later to the heavy handed Toshio Arikawa.
Following the loss to Arikawa Shindo moved up in weight and won the Japanese Light Middleweight title in 2018, when he defeated Ryosuke Maruki. He would only defend the belt once, in a 10 round thriller with Akinori Watanabe, before losing the belt in 2019 to Hironobu Matsunaga. He would then lose again before the year was over, losing to Yuto Shimizu.
Following the loss to Shimizu there had been talk about Shindo retiring but he originally seemed open to a return to the ring. Now however he has decided to hang them up and move into a new line of work, and is hoping to become a physiotherapist.
Although he was never the most exciting fighter or talented fighter, Shindo was a gutsy competitor. He fought back from a number of injuries and carved out a successful career and was a genuine credit to Japanese boxing. We would like to wish him the best in retirement.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall we saw former Japanese 2-weight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-6-2, 8) [新藤寛之] take on Yuto Shimizu (14-4-2, 5) [清水優人], in a Japanese Light Middleweight title eliminator, with the two men battling for a place at the 2020 Champion Carnival. On paper this looked an interesting bout, but anyone who has watched Shindo over the years will know that his bouts aren't always the best to watch and that's sadly what we got today.
The first round was slow, to say the least, though did have drama when Shimizu connected with a body shot and dropped Shindo to his backside, securing a 10-8 round to begin the fight. It was about the only thing of note. The bout then took a while to get going, with the two men often cancelling each other out, missing wildly and trying to force a lead from an opponent to counter. Rounds 2 and 3 were awful and awkward as a result, though the pace did, thankfully, pick up in round 4 as Shindo realised he had to turn it around.
Whilst Shindo did pick the pace up it was still only really patches of the bout that had action, with both having moments, but the bout really lacked intensity and there was never any reason to get too excited. What didn't help was the fact both men looked like they were punching through treacle,
Thankfully that did change in the later rounds as both began to dig deeper, and Shimizu in particular upped his work rate, wanting to do anything he could to secure the victory. His aggression paid dividends in the end with a tired looking Shindo being out worked in the final rounds as Shimizu secured the win.
With scores of 77-74, 77-76 and 76-75 Shimizu's late surge was important, but in reality it's hard to see either of these men picking up a title win in 2020. Both are two slow. Shindo should probably think about retirement whilst Shimizu has earned his title shot, but we can't see him being competitive at title level.
Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will see the next Japanese title eliminator, take place. The bout will be the Light Middleweight eliminator and will see former champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] take on Yuto Shimizu (13-4-2, 5) [清水優人], with the two men battling for a place at the 2020 Champion Carnival.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both made the 154lb limit with some wiggle room.
Shindo weighed in at 153.7lbs and was the heavier man, whilst Shimizu was 153.25lbs. On scales both men looked in great shape and it's clear that both have trained hard for this very bout.
Interestingly Shindo revealed that it was one of the few times he won't have a significant reach advantage, and was expecting a bout against someone similar to himself, in terms of technique. Shimizu however stated it was the the first time he was facing a man taller than himself, and was wary of being the smaller man.
Fans wanting to watch this can do so even if they can't make it to the Korakuen Hall, thanks to G+ who are showing the card live tomorrow from Japan. The winner of this bout will be mandated to face of the show's main event, which will see Hironobu Matsunaga (15-1, 9) [松永 宏信] defending the Japanese title against Koki Koshikawa (9-1, 6) [越川孝紀].
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Yesterday we reported that an October 26th card at Korakuen Hall would be playing host to 5 Japanese eliminators as we begin to piece together the 2020 Champion Carnival bouts. Now we've been given a full list of all the eliminators, as we really see the end of the year Japanese boxing calendar take shape.
The first of the bouts will take place on September 13th at Super Bantamweight, and will see former champion Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] take on experienced veteran Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔], in what should be a thriller.
The second of the eliminators will take place just a few days later, on September 21st and is another bout that was already known about. This one is the Japanese Minimumweight title eliminator between unbeaten teenager Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆].
Following the Minimumweight bout we'll have to wait until October for many of the bouts, with the first of those coming on October 21st and seeing Cristiano Aoqui (14-7-2, 10) [アオキ クリスチャーノ] and Daishi Nagata (13-2-1, 5) [永田大士] clash in an eliminator at 140lbs. On paper this one has explosive action written all over it and could turn out to be the hidden gem of the eliminators.
We then move on to the October 26th card, which features 5 different eliminators. They are the Flyweight eliminator, between Ryota Yamauchi (5-1, 4) [山内涼太] and Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也], the Bantamweight eliminator between Kazuki Tanaka (11-2, 8) [田中一樹] and Kyosuke Sawada (13-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] the Featherweight eliminator, pitting Hinata Maruta (9-1-1, 7) [丸田陽七太] against Takenori Ohashi (17-5-2, 11) [大橋健典], the Lightweight eliminator between Kazuki Saito (7-1, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Izuki Tomioka (6-2-1, 2) [富岡樹] and the Welterweight bout between Keita Obara (21-4-1, 19) [小原 佳太] and Toshiro Tarumi (12-3-3, 6) [垂水稔朗]. This is where the bulk of the bouts are, and is expected to be a sensational card.
The Super Featherweight bout will take place on October 30th and is one of the best match ups. The bout will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也]. This pits a huge puncher against a proper tough guy in what could be a very brutal bout.
At Light Middleweight we'll see former champion Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] take on Yuto Shimizu (13-4-2, 5) [清水優人] in what looks like a disappointing match up on paper but should prove to be very entertaining. This bout will take place on November 2nd and is expected to be featured on a card that has at least one other noteworthy bout.
The final bout to be scheduled is the Light Flyweight contest, which is set to feature Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] taking on the big punching Masamichi Yabuki (9-3, 9) [佐藤政道], in another amazing match up. This bout, set to take place in Nagoya on December 15th, is a huge step up for Shiba and a win here would be a huge statement for the youngster.
One bout that has been ordered, but has no set date yet, is the Super Flyweight bout, which will feature former champion Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-2, 11) [久高寛之] and Yuta Matsuo (15-4-1, 8) [松尾雄太], in what should be an action packed war, helped by the limitations of the two men involved.
Notably there will be no eliminator at Middleweight and instead Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] will get a shot at the belt, likely against current champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], in the new year.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw a new Japanese Light Middleweight champion being crowned, as Hironobu Matsunaga (15-1, 9) [松永 宏信] shocked Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之].
The bout, the final of the 2019 Champion Carnival bouts, looked like a really interesting one on paper. In the end however it was was rather less competitive than most would have assumed.
The opening round saw the lanky Shindo show off his skills and movement. He looked good, fighting to his strengths as the shorty, some what clumsier, Matsunaga came forward looking to apply pressure. In round 2 however Matsunaga began to close the distance with more ease and landed a great right hook late in the round.
With Matsunaga being able to cut the distance he was able to grind down Shindo, who struggled to respond to the pressure. Shindo did have moments of success, when Matsunaga pushed forward, but for the most part it was the challenger who was dictating the tempo of the fight and breaking down the defending champion, who was backed up against the ropes on a regular basis.
After 5 rounds the scores were announced, with the Matsunaga in the lead on all 3 cards, 48-47, twice, and 49-46. Shindo tried to turn it around in round 6, but couldn't stop Matsunaga from coming forward, and by the end of the round Shindo was looking like a clearly beaten man. His team knew it an pulled him out between rounds 6 and 7, saving him from further punishment.
For Shindo this could be the bout that sends that him into retirement, and he has taken a lot of damage in his last few bouts. As for Matsunaga this is a career defining win, and could help set up some very interesting domestic bouts down the line.
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