Brant-Murata Rematch: Shiro vs. Taconing, Satoshi Shimizu Added

By Hisaso Adachi

At a press conference which took place in Tokyo, officially announcing that unbeaten Japanese WBC light flyweight champion, Ken “The Amazing Boy” Shiro’s (15-0, 8 KO’s) will make the sixth defense against the official WBC challenger, Filipino southpaw Jonathan “Lightning” Taconing (28-3-1, 22KOs).

The fight will be on July 12 at the Osaka Edion Arena in Osaka city, Japan. For Ken  it’ll be the sixth defense of the crown he conquered in 2017 in Tokyo after defeating Mexican Ganigan “The Wonder” Lopez, whom he stopped in a rematch, via a second round KO, in May 2018.

In his most recent fight in Tokyo last December, Shiro defeated Mexican Saul “Baby” Juarez, by unanimous decision.

For Taconig, this will be his third title opportunity. His first title attempt was in 2012 in Thailand for WBC light flyweight crown against the then Thai champion Kompayak Porpramook. He lost by technical decision in the fifth round. Then in 2016 in Mexico, he was defeated by then champion Ganigan Lopez.

At the press conference, Ken Shiro commented: “I am very motivated, since I am going to fight in Osaka for the first time as a world champion. Jonathan Taconing is a good puncher.  So when I fight him, I’ll  fight fast, but carefully, using distance and  throwing plenty of jabs to keep him at bay.”

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Also on the card, the tough undefeated southpaw slugger Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8 KOs).

The card is headlined by the high stakes rematch for the WBA "regular" middleweight title between Japanese challenger Ryota Murata and champion Rob Brant.

For Shimizu, this will be his ninth professional fight since the leap to the professional ranks in 2016, after an amateur of record of 150 wins and 20 losses, and an Olympic bronze medal at bantamweight in the 2012 London games.

At the press conference, Shimizu promised to impress against Joe Noynay. 

Shimizu stressed that "I can say that I am trustworthy yet ready for whatever comes when I challenge a world champion, whether it's at featherweight or super super featherweight. I am willing to go in there and prove my unequivocal show of pugilistic power in my next fight, flaunting an overwhelming and impressive strength to win."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 05-25-2019

Solid co-main, I like it. Would love to see Shiro unify with Kyoguchi after this in a huge Japanese showdown

Comment by Eff Pandas on 05-25-2019

Like that Shiro vs Taconing co-main. Remember several years back feeling like Taconing got f#cked over in a title fight. Not been keeping up with him super closely but he can fight I know that much. And Shiro is a…

Comment by trippleupper on 05-25-2019

Very happy to hear he says he's trustworthy.

Comment by ruedboy on 05-24-2019

How soon before we get an "Irregular Boxing Champion", (at a reduced price)??

Comment by DuckAdonis on 05-24-2019

Good fighters

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