August 8th 2011-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Shiino (5-1, 4) Vs Kazuyoshio Niki (27-5-1, 15)
Early in his career Hiroki Shiino [弘樹椎野] was tipped for big things, part of that was his early success against solid and experienced fighters, such as Kazuyoshi Niki [仁木一嘉]
The Bantamweight division in Japan is one of the most interest. At the top you have Shinsuke Yamanaka and Tomoki Kameda, both world champions, below those two you have OPBF champion Ryosuke Iwasa and Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda both of whom are very good fighters and improving.
Below those 4 men you have an interesting collection of fighters including the big punching Hiroki Shiino, a man who looks capable of competing on the world stage sometime in the future. This bout was Shiino's 7th professional bout and saw him taking on the much more experienced Kazuyoshi Niki, a man with more than 30 professional contests.
Sadly this bout didn't let the two men truly prove themselves as the referee called a halt to proceedings far too early though it lasted long enough to see some of Shiino's power and punch selection including a monster uppercut that saw the referee's calling a half to the action, albeit far too early.
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