Former WBO world flyweight champion Sho Kimura (33) of professional boxing explained the history of the exhibition match held in Wuhan, China on December 18, 2021 on the official website of his Hanagata Gym. ..
Sho Kimura (Photo: Hiroro Yamaguchi / Afro)
Just before changing to “China Kung Fu vs Boxing”
Kimura will face Chinese fighter Genbu in an exhibition match on the 18th. From the first round, Genbu fired a series of dangerous techniques that were not in the boxing rules, and as soon as the second round started, he held Kimura in his arms and hit the ring from his head.
When the exhibition match video was spread on social media in China, several Chinese media criticized Genbu’s dangerous acts and caused controversy among boxing fans. Even in Japan, the active world champions and the world’s third-class champions have spread a big ripple, such as appealing for danger.
In addition, the local media initially planned to do it in a boxing format, but shortly before it said that it was changed to “China Kung Fu vs. Boxing”, it is unclear whether the Kimura camp understood the fact of the change, and the rules He reported that it was not clear.
Through the official website of his gym, Kimura said, “This time, regarding the series of events that took place at the sparring match (international boxing rules) in China held on December 18, 2021, fans and boxing officials We apologize for the concern and inconvenience caused to all of you. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. “
“This time Genbu’s foul play is unforgivable.”
The purpose of Kimura’s trip this time was to train locally to play a match in China. Among them, a Chinese promoter who has promoted Kimura’s match proposed a sparring match using 14 ounce gloves based on international boxing rules as a promotion to reopen the Chinese boxing market. ..
Kimura explained, “I entered China, which has strict corona measures, not to play this sparring match, but to” wind the belt of the world again “and to travel for that purpose.” Regarding the opponent, he exuded anger, saying, “This time Genbu’s foul play is unforgivable.”
Kimura defeated WBO world flyweight champion Zou Shimin (China) in China in July 2017 to win the title. Kimura’s name has risen dramatically since the elephant was a gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics and was a hero in China. In China, it is said to be the second most famous Japanese athlete after Ai Fukuhara of table tennis.
On Twitter on the 20th after the match, Kimura said, “Don’t hate the Chinese in this matter.” I still love the many people in China who will do it for me. “