Over the last 72 hours rumours have been doing the rounds with a lot of speculation in regards to the professional career of 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡].
Last month we reported that Shimizu was likely to turn professional, following Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio later this year. Now the rumour mill has has gone in to over-drive as to where Shimizu will be based with the finger pointing straight at the Ohashi gym who have seemingly courted Shimizu for his signature on a professional contract.
Although the rumours are merely that Shimizu has signed a "pre-contract" with Ohashi, giving them first refusal and the chance to match any offer another promoter makes it, it does seem like the deal is just days away from become a fully fledged contract with an announcement looking very likely in the coming weeks.
Ohashi, which has guided 4 world champions already, have everything that Shimizu could want. They have a top class gym, with two current world champions including Shimizu's good friend Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], they have the connections to help Shimizu on the planned fast track to the top, they have a proven track record of fast tracking fighters and they also have good working relationships with both other promoters and Fuji TV, who were thought to be a big part of Shimizu's plans to turn professional.
Of course Ohashi have big things planned for this coming weekend, with a double world title show, but it sounds like Shimizu will likely secure his deal their in the days that follow that card and he may well make his professional debut before the end of summer. Given that he is 30 we suspect it'll be a tough opponent but given his amateur background, we really can't see Shimizu struggling to make an immediate impact on the professional ranks, when he inevitably makes his professional debut,
Satoshi Shimizu likely to turn professional and be on the fast track to the top!
(Image courtesy of http://www.hochi.co.jp)
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