Earlier today we saw Japanese sources report that former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino (11-4,10) [椎野大輝] was calling time on his career at the age of 30.
The excting but flawed Shiino was eyed as a potential star when he turned profressional having been a stand out amateur on the Japanese amateur scene. Sadly though his career never hit the heights expected of it, though he did manage to leave a notable mark on the sport and featured in some great against notable names.
He won his first 3 bouts as a professional befor elosing a narrow decision to Ryuichi Funai in 2010, rather than rebuild slowly he jumped in with Konosuke Tomiyama on his ring return and beat the former world title challenger before claiming the WBC International Bantamweight title the following year. His reign with that title ended ended in his first defense, as he was bounced off the canvas a number of times by Dennis Tubieron, before stopped in round 8.
Shiino would get revenge for the loss to Tubieron in 2013, when he stopped the Filipino for the OPBF Bantamweight title but his reign as the Oriental king was short lived, losing the title less than 6 months later to Ryosuke Iwasa, and suffering a notable injury in the defeat. He would return to the ring 6 months later, beating Rodel Tejares, but suffered a 5th round stoppage loss to Hideo Sakamoto in October 2014, with that bout being the final one of Shiino's career.
Like many notable Japanese fighters who retire Shiino will take part in a retirement ceremony, with that set to be held on April 21st at the Korakuen Hall as part of full fledged boxing card. The show will also feature the retirement of Yuki Fukumoto (17-11, 5) [福本雄基] a former Japanese and OPBF title challenger who is best known for coming up short in bouts against Yota Sato and Koiki Eto.
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