Japanese boxer Satoshi Shimizu will get his first shot at a world title at age 37 when he takes on WBO featherweight champion Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba on July 25 in Tokyo, his Ohashi Gym said Thursday.

Japanese boxer Satoshi Shimizu poses for a photo at his Ohashi Gym in Yokohama on April 27, 2023. He will challenge WBO featherweight champion Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba on July 25 in Tokyo. (Kyodo)

The bout at Ariake Arena will take place on a fight card headlined by compatriot Naoya Inoue, who unified all four belts of the bantamweight category. Inoue is set to fight WBC and WBO super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton of the United States.

Shimizu, a bronze medalist in the bantamweight division at the 2012 London Olympics, has an 11-1 win-loss record with 10 knockouts in his professional career. Ramirez, 29, a winner of two Olympic gold medals, is 12-1 with seven KOs.

"I'm glad I'll finally fight a world title match after working little by little," Shimizu said at a press conference in Yokohama. "I believe I have a good chance of winning."

 


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