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IBF minimumweight champ Valladares in fine form for Oct. 7 fight with interim champ Ginjiro Shigeoka

Oct 03, 2023 22:59 pm

  International Boxing Federation minimumweight champion Daniel Valladares of Mexico showed a fine form in his public workout on Oct. 3 for his title unification fight with IBF interim world minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka of Watanabe Boxing Gym on Oct. 7 at Tokyo’s Ota City General Gymnasium.

Valladares said to be in good condition

  The upcoming fight will be their rematch. In their first fight last January in Osaka, the bout was declared no decision (no contest) as Valladares could (did) not continue the fight due to an accidental head butt in the third round despite the fact that Valladares’ head appeared to have hit Shigeoka’s chin when the Mexican attempted to get inside. The referee declared the fight no decision (no contest).

Shigeoka knocked out the IBF’s third-ranked Rene Mark Cuarto of the Philippines to win the IBF interim world minimumweight title last April.

Though the Shigeoka-Valladares rematch was scheduled in August in Osaka, the fight was postponed due to Shigeoka’s leg injuries.

  After the day’s training at the gym, which included a light mitt-hitting practice, the 29-year-old Valladares said he had 10-to-12 rounds of sparring sessions daily with southpaw partners in Jiquipilco, southern part of Mexico, by making a camp there.

  His manager Jose Antonio Hernandez said Valladares needs to reduce only 1 kg (2.20 lbs.) to meet the 47.62-kg (105 lbs.) minimumweight limit.

  Reflecting on his January bout with 23-year-old Shigeoka, Valladares said, ‘’I failed to show anything significant about me since our fight lasted only a short time. I want to arrange a settlement with him.’’

  According to Hernandez, Valladares wants other title unification fight or fights (of the other major sanctioning bodies) if Valladares clears the upcoming fight, or else moving up in weight for a world light flyweight championship fight.

  Shigeoka’s trainer Chikara Machida said, ‘’Ginjiro should put a pressure on him because I think he (Valladares) is likely to utilize his footwork because he wants to go the full distance.’’

  Valladares has a 27-3-1 win-loss-draw tally with 15 KOs and one no contest. For his part, the undefeated Shigeoka has a record of nine wins, including seven KOs.

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