Over the past couple of months we have heard a lot of speculation in regards to former Japanese amateur standout Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡], who is best known for his 2012 Olympics exploits that saw him claim a bronze medal. The speculation seems like to end in the next 2 weeks however with numerous reliable sources informing us that Shimizu will officially end his tenure as an amateur between June 10th and June 15th.
The same sources have also echoed previous reports, stating that Shimizu will be turning professional under the Ohashi banner with Mr Ohashi being given the chance to guide the talented Shimizu, who has reportedly stated that he is looking to set speed records when he turns professional.
The fighter, has maintained a great relationship with the Japanese amateur set up and from what we understand will be taken back with open arms for a position when he retired from active fighting, unlike fellow 2012 Olympian Ryota Murata, who left the amateur ranks in a bit of a stink after a serious falling out with the amateur body. Given he has already celebrated his 30th birthday it's clear he has no time to waste and we'd be shocked if his debut isn't before the end of the year, the very latest being on an Ohashi show in December.
Given the nature of a deal with Ohashi it's likely that Shimizu will also sign a deal with Fuji TV who will give him significant financial backing and help him to face top opponents from the get go.
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