Koki Kameda immediately knew what he had in the Shigeoka brothers.
There wasn’t the slightest hesitance when Kameda Promotions added Ginjiro and Yudai Shigeoka to its young and growing roster. The belief upon signing the pair of strawweights was that very little time would pass before they ruled the division.
That moment could arrive for both as early as this weekend.
“They are very talented,” Kameda told BoxingScene.com of his two proteges. “I know when we began promoting them that we would put them on a straight path to a world title, not waste any time.”
Ginjro Shigeoka (9-0, 7KOs; 1NC) will run it back with Daniel Valladares (26-3-1, 15KOs) in their IBF strawweight title consolidation bout this Saturday on Abema TV from Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. The show also features Yudai Shigeoka, Ginjiro’s older brother by two-and-a-half years who meets Panya Pradabsri in a WBC title consolidation bout.
Pradabsri-Shigeoka was acquired by Kameda Promotions through a recent purse bid hearing. The bout was due to take place in April, only for Thailand’s Pradabsri (40-1, 24KOs) to postpone the fifth defense of his WBC strawweight title after he fell ill just head of their planned April 16 clash in Tokyo. The elder Shigeoka, 26, faced former titlist Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Mendez, whom he stopped in the seventh round of their interim WBC strawweight title fight.
The same card saw the 23-year-old Ginjiro Shigeoka claim the interim IBF title in an off-the-canvas, ninth-round stoppage of former titleholder Rene Mark Cuarto. The approval of a secondary title at stake came when Mexico’s Valladares still hadn’t recovered from injuries sustained in their January 6 No-Contest in Osaka, Japan.
Both of the Shigeokas are favored to win this weekend.
Yudai is a slight -163 favorite according to bet365 sportsbook, which lists Pradabsri as a modest +130 underdog ahead of just his fourth career fight outside of Thailand. His lone loss came on the road in a twelve-round decision defeat to former WBC titleholder Chaozhong Xiong in October 2017 on the road in Datong, China.
Ginjiro is listed as a massive -700 favorite to unseat the visiting Valladares, who returns to Japan as a +450 underdog to successfully defend his title for the second time.
The team at Kameda Promotions would suggest that everyone push all in with their bets. Koki—a former three-division titlist—is confident of housing two champions this Saturday and for years to come.
Hopefully Ginjiro and Yudai both win and then face the champions,” noted Kameda. “We want to bring them back right away and become the most active champions in the sport while we continue to grow in activity as a company.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox