Kuniaki Shibata

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Kuniaki Shibata
Statistics
Real name Kuniaki Shibata
Rated at Super featherweight
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born (1947-03-29) March 29, 1947 (age 68)
Hitachi, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 47
Wins by KO 25
Losses 6
Draws 3
No contests 0

Kuniaki Shibata (柴田 国明, born March 29, 1947 in Hitachi, Japan) is a former Japanese professional boxer. He is a former WBC and WBA super featherweight champion.

Biography[edit]

Shibata made won his debut match in 1965 with a first round knockout, and fought for the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation featherweight title in 1969, but lost by sixth-round knockout. In April 1970 he challenged the vacant Japanese featherweight title, and won by tenth-round knockout. He returned the title to challenge WBC featherweight champion Vincente Saldivar, and won the title when Saldivar gave up after the twelfth round.

He made his first defense by first-round knockout, and retained his title in his second defense with a draw, but lost to Clemente Sanchez in May, 1972.

Shibata moved up to super featherweight, and got his second world title shot against WBA champion Ben Villaflor in Honolulu on March 12, 1973. He won by fifteen-round unanimous decision to capture his second world title.

Shibata made one defense in Japan before returning to the United States to fight Ben Villaflor again for his second defense. Shibata lost by knockout less than 2 minutes into the first round to lose his second world title.

On February 28, 1974, he challenged Ricardo Arredondo for the WBC super featherweight title, and won by unanimous decision for his third world title. He defended the title three times before losing to Alfredo Escalera in 1975. He attempted another comeback, but announced his retirement in 1977. His record was 47-6-3 (25 KOs).

Shibata was a short and speedy fighter, who took advantage of even the slightest openings to thrown in a flurry of punches. However, he also had a very weak chin, and was very susceptible to counter punches. Five of his six career losses were by knockout. He and former WBC lightweight champion Guts Ishimatsu were gymmates, and both fighters were trained by Eddie Townsend.

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Vincente Saldivar
WBC Featherweight Champion
December 11, 1970 - May 19, 1972
Succeeded by
Clemente Sanchez
Preceded by
Ben Villaflor
WBA Super featherweight Champion
March 12, 1973 - October 17, 1973
Succeeded by
Ben Villaflor
Preceded by
Ricardo Arredondo
WBC Super featherweight Champion
February 28, 1974 - July 5, 1975
Succeeded by
Alfredo Escalera

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