Earlier this year little known Japanese fighter Sho Kimura,15-1-2 8KO, scored a huge upset when he went to China and beat WBO flyweight champion Zou Shiming by knockout. The WBO almost immediately ordered him to make a mandatory defense against fellow Japanese fighter, and former WBC champion, Toshiyuki Igarashi, 23-2-3 12KO.
The bout will take place on December 31st and has been added to the previously announced Watanabe card, which will feature a Light Flyweight unification bout between WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi and IBF champion Milan Melindo as well as an IBF Minimumweight title bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi and Carlos Buitrago.
The fight will be Kimura’s first title defense and will see him looking to score his third stoppage win of the year. He’s hoping to solidify his place as a top Flyweight, rather than a man who beat what some considered an over-hyped Shiming. For Igarashi the bout is a chance to become a 2-time champion following a short run as the WBC title holder in 2012-2013. Ot also willbe his toughest bout since his title loss to Akira Yaegashi. Since losing the WBC title Igarashi has gone 6-0-2 (2) with an abnormal 4 technical decisions during that run.
By: Chris Henderson