Daisuke Narimatsu over-comes Satoshi Shimizu to become Japan's likely Lightweight representative at Asian qualifiers
The London Olympics back in 2012 was a memorable one. It saw the country capture it's first boxing gold medal since 1964, with Ryota Murata [村田 諒太] claiming the top prize at Middleweight, and it also saw, prior to Murata's gold medal, the country claiming it's first medal in the sport since 1968, when Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] secured himself a bronze.
Now it seems that Japan wants to build on that success by sending a strong team to the 2016 Olympics, later this year, in Rio.
Ahead of the Olympic qualifiers Japan has had to select it's team and amazingly it seems likely that Shimizu will be missing out on an opportunity to take part.
That's because the 2-time Olympian was beaten earlier today by the highly talented Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] in a hotly contest bout to earn the Japanese #1 place ahead of the qualifiers, which will take place in March in China.
The contest, which was scheduled for 3 rounds, was finished early after both men suffered accidental injuries. Despite failing to go the distance the judges awarded that bout to Narimatsu who will be the #1 choice, whilst Shimizu assumes the position of "substitute", or "alternate", and will be silected if if Narimatsu starts to look poor ahead of the qualifiers.
The Japanese Boxing Federation did announce a full line up for the team, with male fighters announced at Light Flyweight, Flyweight, Bantamweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight and Middleweight whilst Females have been named at both Flyweight and Lightweight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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