Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ken Shiro Looks Forward To a Long Reign as Champion

By Nick Skok

Recently, I caught up with the WBC light flyweight champion, Kenshiro “Ken Shiro” Teraji. He’s become recognizable with his nearly patented double peace signs that he keeps up next to his wide brimming grin that have become a bit of a ritual after the camera zooms in on him once he’s declared the winner. He told one Japanese outlet (as he has many) “I always smile when the camera is facing me. I don’t know why.”

The “smiling assassin’s” record is an unblemished one at (13-0, 7 KO’s) and he’s now successfully defended his title three times, including his most recent victory which came by stoppage in the second round of a rematch against Ganigan Lopez, whom he had narrowly beaten to win the title in the first place a year ago.

Shiro wasn’t apologetic to fans as some local pugilists have been with their early KO’s. |When he faced the Japanese media about the fight ending so quickly he explained his surprise before inviting fans out to his next affair. “I didn’t think it would end so quickly. If you wanted to see a longer fight, please come to my next one in person. I’ll show you a good one again.”

shiro-higa (5)

The level of competition was supposed to be elite in Lopez who had himself won the title in Japan before losing to Shiro last year. When I asked him about who he’d like to see challenge him next, he said with excitement: “Anyone is ok!”

Though the sentiment may gradually be changing for traditional Japanese boxing fans, there’s generally less emphasis on rivalries or even unifications compared to the number of successful defenses their champions can make. With that being said Shiro told me his next milestone is “…my 5th defense and then I want my 10th!”

Beyond boxing, Shiro’s busy with hobbies that include eating and often posting delicious foods to his social media accounts, like the $800 yakiniku bento box of premium meats he ate after his weigh-in or his experimenting in the fashion scene. While LeBron has been getting a lot of attention at home for the suit shorts he’d been sporting during the Finals last month, Shiro was comfortably wearing his own similar ensemble during the fight-week press conference, nearly two weeks before ‘Bron.

Clearly Shiro has a beat on more than just boxing though his dreams and motivations of being a successful champion for years to come in the light flyweight division are undeterred from any other positive impact he’s been having in other faucets of his life with his new celebrity.

Nick Skok can be reached via Twitter @NoSparring

Tags: Ken Shiro image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chico malo loc on 07-17-2018

This Japanese warrior is going to be champ for a long long time! War shiro!

Comment by juggernaut666 on 07-17-2018

He can team up with HW Kyotaro Fujimoto and start a boxing tag team league !:chairshot

Comment by BodiesInFlight on 07-17-2018

The Savior of the Century's End :hail::hail:

Comment by 1hourRun on 07-17-2018

[img]https://i.imgur.com/cMsBbbb.gif[/img] What a funny comparison, Lebron James and Kenshiro! haha!

Comment by komandante on 07-17-2018

I like this guy he could be the next golden boy of Japanese :boxing:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Middleweight: A Possibly Complicated Sandbox Pacquiao Wants To End Adrien Broner in Seven Rounds or Less Francisco Vargas Would Embrace Direct Crack at Machado Photos: Murata-Brant, Dadashev-DeMarco - Face-Off at Presser Photos: Saul Sanchez, Fernando Saavedra - On Weight To Fight Anthony Yarde vs. Walter Gabriel Sequeira Picked Up By ESPN+ WBC Prez Overjoyed By Canelo-DAZN Deal: Time To Celebrate! Gloferson Ortizo Hopes To Rebound From First Defeat Arum: Linear/Stream Combo Gives ESPN Advantage Over DAZN De La Hoya Unloads on Mayweather: We Don't Hit Women! Photos: Kid Galahad, Toka Kahn Clary - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Rodriguez-Moloney, Dorticos-Masternak - Face To Face Photos: Katie Taylor, Cindy Serrano - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Tevin Farmer, James Tennyson - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Walter Kautondokwa - Face To Face Mayweather To 'Cheating' Canelo: I Make $300M in 1 Fight, Not 11! Agit Kabayel vs. Otto Wallin is Ordered By The EBU Hearn: Jacobs To Fight Canelo in May If He Beats Derevyanchenko Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Flores Set Down For December 15 Cheeseman: Byfield Does Not Deserve British Title Shot Arum: Crawford-Spence Fight Could Be Made in 3 Hours! Frank Warren: Buglioni Rejected Over 100K For Yarde Fight UK News: Tommy Langford, Savannah Marshall, Sunny Edwards Hughie Fury: After I Take Out Pulev, Fans Will Talk Me & Joshua Golovkin Undecided, Still Choosing a Television Outlet Hearn: Canelo-Fielding Probably Gets DAZN 1 Million Subscribers Arum: Golovkin is Best Middleweight, He Clearly Beat Canelo! Taylor Confident He'll Beat Martin, Then Baranchyk In WBSS Semis Daniel Dubois: I Want To Fight Gorman When Time is Right Ricky Burns Back, November 17 in Atlantic City Byfield Confident of Stopping Cheeseman in One-Sided Fight Canelo: Fielding Will Be Bigger, Stronger Than Me - This is a Risk Pacquiao Says Broner Fight is "90%" Likely To Push Through Canelo: If the People Want Third Golovkin Fight, We'll Make It Photos: Scott Quigg, Kid Galahad, Daniyar Yeleussinov - Workouts Photos: Katie Taylor Putting in Work For Serrano Defense Canelo To Mayweather: Stop Hurting Boxing - Fight Me! Photos: Tevin Farmer, James Tennyson - Putting in Work Photos: Demetrius Andrade Grinds For Kautondokwa Clash Photos: Jason Quigley, Freddy Hernandez - Ready For Battle
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement