On Monday Japanese boxing fans saw 23 year old prospect Ken Shiro (5-0, 3) claim his first professional title, the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title, as he climbed off the canvas to over-come Filipino fighter Rolly Sumalpong (9-1-1, 4).
The bout with Sumalpong was, by far, the toughest test that Ken Shiro has faced so far, but rather than dwell on his his win, the youngster has already set his sights on going further and announce his next bout.
That will come on December 27th as he returns to the Korakuen Hall and steps up from WBC Youth title fights to Japanese title fights as he takes on the highly experienced Kenichi Horikawa (30-13-1, 7), who defends the Japanese title for the first time since he won it back in September when he stopped Shin Ono.
Horikawa's win over Ono saw the veteran, 35, claim a "big win" at last, having previously come up short in 6 previous title bouts. It would however take a similarly impressive performance to over-come the 23 year old Ken Shiro who showed that he had guts as well as skill on Monday as he over-came a visitor determined to take his unbeaten record.
At the moment details of the under-card haven't been released though we're really glad to have heard that bout has been confirmed after numerous rumours regarding the contest.
(Video courtesy of KenShiro boxing facebook pace)
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