Earlier today, after months of speculation, Japan's Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] finally signed his professional papers and officially joined the incredibly influential Ohashi gym in Yokohama.
The fighter had been linked to the gym from the moment he failed to defeat Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] back in January, with Narimatsu earning a birth at the Asian Olympic qualifying event. Although he had been linked with a move to turn professional he did hold back, having been selected as the "alternate" if Narimatsu failed to impress at the qualification event.
In March the rumours picked up speed that Shimizu was looking to end his days as an amateur which he officially did over the weekend.
Originally the rumour was that Shimizu was going to be looking to become a world champion at record speed but it seems that Mr Ohashi and the team at the Ohashi gym have convinced Shimizu to go for a 2 year time frame to move towards a world title.
Having signed with Ohashi the plan now is for Shimizu to under-go his B license test on July 29th before debuting on the much spoke about September Ohashi card, rumoured to be September 4th. That bout is expected to see Shimizu fighting at Featherweight and will likely be a 6 rounder, though their is a chance he will follow in the footsteps of new stablemate Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] and take part in an 8 round debut bout.
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