On New Year's Eve the Ota City General Gymnasium played host to a show with a staggering 6 title bouts on it. Sadly only two of those were shown live on Japanese channel TBS.
That meant that we never got the chance to see the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title fight, featuring unbeaten champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] defending against former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-15, 17), or the WBO female Super Flyweight title bout, between Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] and Chinese challenger Li Ping Shi (5-3, 2).
Thankfully we now know when those bouts will be televised, with TBS set to air them in just over a week's team on a tape delay basis as part of their semi-regular Guts Fighting series.
From the TBS website the bouts will air on January 20th at 2:05, though from a Japanese TV guide it appears the bout will actually be shown on the 21st at 2:05. It's unclear if they will be shown in full, though given how long they went it wouldn't be a surprise to see both aired in an unedited form during a 1 hour broadcast slot.
Although they'll have taken 3 weeks to be aired, we suspect the wait will be worth it, with the fan cam footage of Shigeoka's making it seem like that was a very fun fight.
At the moment it's unclear whether TBS plan to air the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title bout between Yusaku Kuga (19-4-1, 13) [久我勇作] and Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (17-8-6, 10), though given how short that was it would be no surprise to see them slip it on to this broadcast.
To open today's big show in Japan fans at the Ota City General Gymnasium saw WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] score his first defense, and do so in style!
The 20 year old was up against former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-15, 17), and on paper this looked like a really tough first defense. Whilst Loreto is certainly not unbeatable he has proven to be a tough, rugged fighter, with heavy hands and a real desire to win, even if he does tend to come up short.
What few, other than Shigeoka himself, expected was an early win, though that's exactly what the youngster delivered.
Loreto tried to jab early on, and despite some success he felt the power and speed of Shigeoka and was dropped in the first round. As a response Loreto then began to stand his ground, trying to out man his younger opponent. That was a mistake, as Shigeoka, but a mistake though brought the veteran some success despite taking punishment himself.
In round 3 Loreto landed a good counter, but failed to land any sort of follow up as Shigeoka regrouped, and in round 5 he began to really pound the body of Loreto, hurting him, before dropping him with a hard left hand. Loreto was unable to beat the count, being counted out at an official time of 2:13 of round 5.
Amazingly this was only the second time in 40 fights that Loreto has been stopped, with the only other time coming back in 2011 to the then 13-0 Paipharob Kokietgym. For Shigeoka to take him out like this, was a genuine statement!
After the Loreto told the press that Shigeoka was strong and cleaver and seemed impressed by the youngster. As for Shigeoka, who sported some very clear bruising under his right eye, he was very analytical of his own performance. He seemed to suggest that his eardrum was damaged in round 2 and that he had damaged one of his hands, but didn't appear too worried about either injury. Instead he seemed to suggest that he wanted to fight for a world title next year.
Although no plans are set for Shigeoka's next in ring move he will be returning to Kumamoto in the new year for the coming of age ceremony in January.
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Tomorrow at the Ota City General Gymnasium fans will get the chance to see WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] make his first defense, as he takes on former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-14, 17).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both came in comfortably under the 105lb limit, with both men hitting the scales at nigh on 104.75lbs, and both looked in good shape. If anything Shigeoka looked in slightly better shape, but both looked like they had made the weight with no issues at all.
At the weigh in both men seemed confident. Shigeoka said he was glad to be able to fight on New Year's Eve and stated that next year he wanted to return to the ring to fight in a world title fight. He stated that he had been told Loreto was string, but it sounded like he was confident in his speed and his own strength.
Loreto, a Filipino fight who now fights out of the Taisei Gym in Japan, seemed wary of Shigeoka's speed, but suggested that he would guard against it and work hard, in what will be his 40th professional contest. It seems likely his experience will be one of his biggest strengths here, but he is up against a man that many in Japan view as a major star of the future.
Related - Rising star Shigeoka defends regional crown against former world title challenger!
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December 31st 2019 will, of course, be the end of the year...in fact it will be the end of a decade, and it appears that the fight fans in Japan will be going out with one of the most stacked cards of the year.
We've known that New Year's Eve show was a world title triple header for a while. The most recent of the world title fights being announced for the card saw Miyo Yoshida (13-1) [吉田 実代] announce she would be risking her WBO female Super Flyweight title against China's Li Ping Shi (5-2, 2). That bout rounded off a triple header that also featured WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成] defending his title against awkward Chinese challenger Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6) [乌兰] and WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] taking on mandatory challenger Jeyvier Cintron (11-0-0-1, 5).
As well as the world title bouts we also knew that WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] would be defending his belt against former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-14, 17). We also knew that unbeaten youngster Yume Hirayama (4-0) [平山 夢] would be facing Marina Sayama (4-1-1, 2) [佐山万里菜], for the Japanese Female Flyweight title.
Today we learned that yet another title bout had been squeezed on to the card, some how, with Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (19-3-1, 13) [久我勇作] announcing he would be fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title. Kuga not only revealed he was on the card, but that he would be clashing with Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (16-8-6, 9), who has seemingly got this opportunity following his huge upset win in October against former world title challenger Shingo Wake.
With 6 title bouts now on the card it's hard to imagine how the decade could end in a better fashion for fight fans who can get to the Ota City General Gym in Tokyo.
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Back in June Miyo Yoshida (13-1) [吉田 実代] claimed the WBO female Super Flyweight title, as she out pointed Casey Morton. Today she announced her first defense, which we now know will take place on a truly packed card in December.
The once beaten champion will return to the ring on December 31st, with her bout being added the bumper New Year's Eve card at the Ota City General Gymnasium, which already had two other world title bouts confirmed for it along with a very interesting regional title bout.
Yoshida's rival for the bout was announced as China's Li Ping Shi (5-2, 2). For Shi this is a massive step up in class, but the 21 year old has mixed with good company, and was competitive with Hee Jung Yuh, in just her 4th bout, and won the WBC Asian Boxing Council title this past June, when she beat Yuko Henzan.
The same card will also feature WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成] defending his title against Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6) [乌兰], WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] taking on mandatory challenger Jeyvier Cintron (11-0-0-1, 5) and WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] defending his belt against former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-14, 17).
Sadly it seems unlikely Yoshida's bout will be made widely available, though we have seen a trend for Paravi to have these sorts of supporting bouts available through their pay service for Japanese fight fans, and this bout may end up being confirmed for that.
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