By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA super-bantam champ, WBC#5/WBA#8 sharpshooting southpaw Akifumi Shimoda (26-3-1, 11 KOs), 124, proved he still belonged to the top-notch group as he dropped OPBF#11 durable Filipino Richard Betos (19-6-1, 7 KOs), 124, three times en route to a comfortably shutout decision (100-86, 100-87 and 100-88) over ten sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The upright lefty, 27, had forfeited his WBA throne to Rico Ramos via come-from-behind knockout defeat in Atlantic City last July, but decked a couple of convincing victories over ex-OPBF ruler Jonel Alibio (W10) and Mexican Azael Gonzalez (TKO10) on his comeback trail. Shimoda made good use of superior hand speed and took the initiative against the peek-a-boo stylist from the outset. The 5’7” Japanese sent him to the deck with smashing right-left combination in the second, fourth and sixth sessions. Sensing it was a matter of time, Shimada logically accelerated his attack to bring home the bacon early, but Betos, two years his junior and two inches shorter, stubbornly refused to go down again. What the ex-champ verified was his abundant stamina despite his failure to terminate the affair before the stipulated rounds. He furiously kept punching the fading opponent down the stretch to cast a question to the third man — “why don’t you stop it?”
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.