Since we began this site we have built a begrudging respect for Mexican warrior Rodrigo "Gatito" Guerrero. Not only did he give Daiki Kameda a tough bout in 2013 for the IBF Super Flyweight title but he also had a sensational 2014. He began the year by winning a FOTY contender with Daniel Rosas and then followed that win up by stopping Takahiro Shigee and Jonathan Baat.
Earlier today we were informed that those last two fighters, Jonathan Baat (28-6-3, 14) and Takahiro Shigee (12-1-1, 10) would be fighting each other on May 9th at the Kobe Central Gym in an 8 round bout that is to act as a support bout for Hozumi Hasegawa's (33-5, 15) comeback bout.
Baat, a Japanese based Filipino veteran, was stopped in 6 rounds by Guerrero back in October. Since then he has fought just once, upsetting the touted Kenta Onjo with a 5th round TKO this past March. Going into the bout Onjo was 5-0 and looked to be set to climb the ranks quickly, Baat however had other ideas. At 34 years old Baat's career isn't expected to last too much longer so his quick turn around isn't much of a surprise.
Shigee, who is a stablemate of Onjo's at the Shinsei boxing gym, was stopped in 8 when he took on Guerrero last July and since then has only fought once, scoring a 5th round TKO against Thailand's Petchfankaen Keelanakornpatom in December. Aged 23 he is still viewed as a promising young fighter despite the set back to Guerrero though this is clearly one of his toughest bouts to date and another loss would destroy any career momentum that he has going.
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