Sho Kimura

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Sho Kimura
Sho Kimura.jpg
Real name 木村翔
Weight(s) Flyweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach 66½ in (169 cm)
Nationality Japanese
Born (1988-11-24) November 24, 1988 (age 29)
Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 20
Wins 17
Wins by KO 10
Losses 1
Draws 2

Sho Kimura (Japanese: 木村翔; born November 24, 1988) is a Japanese professional boxer who has held the WBO flyweight title since 2017.

Professional career[edit]

WBO Asia Pacific Title[edit]

on Nov 23, 2016, Kimura defeated Masahiro Sakamoto to win the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title.[1]

WBO World Title[edit]

On Jul 28, 2017, Sho Kimura defeated Zou Shiming by 11th round knockout to win the title in Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China.[2] Kimura entered the fight ranked number 7 by the WBO.[3] He entered the fight as a 10-1 underdog.[4] The fight was promoted by Zou with an entirely new training and management team.[5][6]

Kimura stopped the two-time Olympic champion with a flurry of punches late in the 11th round of the 12-round contest. Zou collapsed flat on his back under the onslaught and waved no more to a stunned capacity crowd at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. The 28-year-old Kimura suffered a cut eye as early as the third round – from an accidental head butt – and needed medical attention in the sixth but he fought on doggedly, delivering his payload late in the 11th round. Kimura had Zou backed up against the ropes before he went for the kill, landing a good right hook before a furious left-right combination staggered Zou. The Chinese star then crumbled with exhaustion. Zou failed to get up and Filipino referee Danrex Tapdasan didn’t bother even to count as the audience stood in stunned silence.

Officially, the bout was marked as a technical knockout victory with the stoppage coming two minutes and 28 seconds into the 11th round. The 36-year-old Zunyi-born Chinese fighter eventually got up – after a full minute – and after Kimura rushed to his corner to offer his help. A tearful Zou hugged his wife, Ying Ying Ran, who stood in shock disbelief. He grabbed the microphone before making what could be the longest post-fight speech in history.[7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
20 fights 17 wins 1 loss
By knockout 10 1
By decision 7 0
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
21 N/A N/A Japan Kosei Tanaka N/A – (12) 24 Sep 2018 Japan Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Nagoya, Japan Defending WBO flyweight title
20 Win 17–1–2 Philippines Frolian Saludar KO 6 (12), 0:54 27 Jul 2018 China Guosen Gymnasium, Qingdao, China Retained WBO flyweight title
19 Win 16–1–2 Japan Toshiyuki Igarashi TKO 9 (12), 2:34 31 Dec 2017 Japan Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBO flyweight title
18 Win 15–1–2 China Zou Shiming TKO 11 (12), 2:28 28 Jul 2017 China Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China Won WBO flyweight title
17 Win 14–1–2 Thailand Wisitsak Saiwaew KO 2 (8), 2:11 13 May 2017 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, SAR
16 Win 13–1–2 Japan Masahiro Sakamoto MD 12 23 Nov 2016 Japan Sumiyoshi SportsCenter, Osaka, Japan Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title
15 Win 12–1–2 Thailand Thiraphong Phaepho KO 1 (10), 2:35 6 Jul 2016 Thailand Meenayothin Camp, Bangkok, Thailand
14 Win 11–1–2 Japan Yamato Uchinono TKO 5 (8), 1:45 12 May 2016 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
13 Win 10–1–2 Japan Takayuki Teraji TKO 3 (8), 2:21 29 Feb 2016 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
12 Win 9–1–2 Japan Naoki Shoda TKO 1 (6), 1:22 30 Nov 2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
11 Win 8–1–2 Japan Ryo Narizuka RTD 6 (8), 3:00 17 Sep 2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
10 Win 7–1–2 Thailand Kamon Singram TKO 2 (6), 0:51 25 Jul 2015 Thailand Meenayothin Camp, Bangkok, Thailand
9 Win 6–1–2 Japan Tomoyuki Kaneko UD 5 26 May 2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
8 Draw 5–1–2 Japan Isao Aoyama MD 6 18 Feb 2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
7 Draw 5–1–1 Japan Akira Kokubo MD 4 26 Sep 2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
6 Win 5–1 Japan Yuma Kudo UD 4 1 Jul 2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
5 Win 4–1 Japan Katsunori Shimooki UD 4 4 Apr 2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
4 Win 3–1 Thailand Rungkeat Sithsaithong PTS 4 29 Jan 2014 Thailand Suranaree Army Camp Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
3 Win 2–1 Japan Ryo Irie UD 4 24 Nov 2013 Japan Hero's Boxing Gym, Fukaya, Japan
2 Win 1–1 Japan Akira Kokubo SD 4 24 Jul 2013 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1 Loss 0–1 Japan Shosuke Oji KO 1 (4), 1:15 22 Apr 2013 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Personal life[edit]

Sho Kimura was born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. And currently resides in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Kimura has one brother and his mother died at the age of 44. At the press conference after the WBO flyweight title fight, Kimura admitted that the big driving factor was his mother. The fighter stated that he was determined to take the title to his mother's grave, as he did with the WBO Asia Pacific title when he won that last year. It's clear that this is a personal mission for him and something that really is a driving factor with his career going forward.[8]

Before winning the WBO flyweight title, Kimura had been working as a deliveryman in Tokyo and was under extreme financial pressure - a hardship experienced by many boxers in the early stages of their career. During this period, Kimura only had time for training in the evenings.

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Zou Shiming
WBO flyweight champion
July 28, 2017 – Present