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Ginjiro Shigeoka gets another shot at Daniel Valladares’ strawweight belt on Aug. 11

Ginjiro Shigeoka unleashes on Clyde Azarcon, who was knocked out in the first round in July 2019. (Photo by Naoki Fukuda)
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It has been confirmed at a press conference in Japan that IBF strawweight titlist Daniel Valladares will face Ginjiro Shigeoka in a rematch at the Edion Arena, Osaka, on August 11.

The two initially met on January 6 at the same venue, where a head-clash left the defending champion unable to continue in the third round rendering the bout a no-contest. The cut wasn’t fully healed for a projected spring rematch, and now the two will met in August.

Valladares (26-3-1, 15 knockouts and 1 no-contest), who is rated No. 7 by The Ring at 105 pounds, won his first 11 fights before he was out-hustled by journeyman Genaro Rios (MD 8). He rebounded to score a pair of impressive wins over former WBO strawweight titlist Merlito Sabillo (TKO 7) and snapped Christian Araneta’s unbeaten record (RTD 4).

The Mexican’s fight with then-IBF beltholder Pedro Taduran was shaping up nicely when the he was cut, and the contest ended in a technical draw. The 29-year-old lost his way, losing back-to-back fights before righting the ship and edging past Rene Mark Cuarto (SD 12) to claim the IBF title.

Shigeoka (9-0, 7 KOs and 1 no-contest), who is rated No. 5 by The Ring, lost just once in his amateur career but it wasn’t a conventional loss. The defeat came against his elder brother, Yudai, in the final of the Kumamoto prefecture final. Both brothers, their father, and their coach agreed that the bout should not take place and it was decided that Ginjiro would not fight. As soon as the opening bell rang, his corner threw in the towel.

Shigeoka has continued to impress since turning pro in September 2018. He notably stopped former world title challenger Rey Loreto (KO 5). Had it not been for the pandemic – he didn’t fight for 18-months – the diminutive 23-year-old southpaw may have already won a world title. After the Valladares fight, he impressively defeated Rene Mark Cuarto (TKO 9).

The Kameda Promotions undercard will have an international flavor when rising bantamweight Ryosuke Nishida takes on Christian Medina in a 12-round fight in another Japan-Mexico fight. Also, Puerto Rico’s former WBO strawweight titleholder Wilfredo Mendez will meet former world title challenger Ar Ar Andales of the Philippines. Another Puerto Rican, Jean Carlos Torres, will collide against Riku Nagahama at welterweight.


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