Earlier today Japanese fans saw former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Akifumi Shimoda (31-5-2, 14) [下田 昭文] return to the ring and score a 2nd round TKO victory over Filipino journeyman Gadwin Tubigon (14-12-2, 9).
The former champion, who hadn't fought since last December's loss to Satoshi Hosono, looked sharp from the opening seconds and poor Tubigon was never really able to get into the bout, with Shimoda simply being too good. When Tubigon threw Shimoda countered, when the action lulled Shimoda used to his speed and vision to find a hole and land clean shots.
In round 2 an attack from Shimoda forced Tubigon to the canvas and althoiugh the Filipino got counted out as he began to rise.
Following the win Shimoda confirmed that his next outing would be a Japanese Featherweight title fight against the recently crowned Shota Hayashi, with that bout likely to be part of the 2017 Champion Carnival.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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