Sunday, 23 August 2009
Shooto have announced 2 Pacific Rim title fights for their next "Revolutionary Exchanges" event. In the welterweight division, Kotetsu Boku will aim to reclaim his title from the current champion, Yusuke Endo. This is not the first time these fighters meet. Endo was Boku's opponent when Boku returned to Shooto in January this year. That was a non-title fight and it ended with a draw.
In the other title fight announced, Australian Xavier Lucas will defend his middlweight Pacific Rim title against Japanese standout, Akihiro Yamazaki. This will be the first title defense for Xavier Lucas, and his first fight in Korakuen Hall. Yamazaki has not lost since February 2005, his opponent on that occation was Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and this should be a very good fight.
Also on the card is the Hadairo (Tetsu Suzuki), taking on a very interesting opponent in Teriyuki Matsumoto. Making his debut on the Shooto "main cards" is Fumihiro Kitahara, taking on Masatoshi Abe.
Welterweight Shooto Pacific Champion Title Fight:
Yusuke Endo (Champion) 12-3-2 vs. 14-5-2 Kotetsu Boku
Middleweight Shooto Pacific Champion Title Fight:
Xavier Lucas (Champion) 6-1-1 vs. 11-2-1 Akihiro Yamazaki
Feather: Tetsu Suzuki 8-7-3 vs. 6-2-0 Teriyuki Matsumoto
Feather: Masatoshi Abe 8-2-1 vs. 5-1-1 Fumihiro Kitahara
Bantam: Nozomi Otsuka 2-1-1 vs. 1-0-1 Yasutaka Ishigami
Light: Atsushi Kobayashi 2-1-0 vs. 1-0-0 Yusuke Yachi
Feather: Haruo Ochi 4-1-0 vs. 2-0-0 Kota Onojima