Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
Hard-punching Japanese girl, Go Shindo (12-2, 8 KOs) will defend her WBC flyweight belt against courageous Mexican challenger Judith Rodriguez (6-6, 4 KOs) tomorrow (Sunday) in Wakayama, Japan. It will be Shindo’s initial defense since she dethroned Hungary’s Renata Szebeledi by a shutout decision (all 100-90) here last May. Shindo is the very first world champ born in Wakayama Prefecture, and people pay great attentions to her defense at the Wakayama Big Wave Arena, where some thousands of spectators will gather to see the local heroine Shindo fight to keep her prestigious belt.
Shindo, of course, is a prefight favorite due to her credentials of having fought Mexican queen and then WBC 112-pound ruler Mariana Juarez, losing a very controversial split decision in Los Angeles in July of the previous year. But WBC#8 Rodriguez, under her manager/trainer Manuel Lopez, has fought Daniela Bermudez in Argentina and Naoko Yamaguchi in Tokyo in a quest for a world title twice despite her losing efforts. Her chin has been tested and proved to be of granite.
Today Shindo, at the weigh-in ceremony, tipped the beam at 112-pound class limit, while Rodriguez 110, two pounds less. Each looked confident of a victory, saying some big words.
The WBC officials are as follows: referee Hisatoshi Miyazaki (Japan); judges Chansoo Kim, Jangsoung Kim and Junbae Lim (all from Korea); supervisor Ken Morita (Japan).
The show will start at 12:30 and the main event will commence at about 2:30 PM with Kuratoki Promotions of Wakayama.