Kotaro Shimano defends super featherweight title at Krush 96
Krush 96 is set for Tokyo on December 16th and will be headlined by a super featherweight title fight. Kotaro Shimano will be putting his belt on the line against Tatsuya Oiwa at the the Korakuen Hall.
Shimano (19-12) won the belt at Krush 89 in June beating Masanobu Goshu by decision. He earned his title shot by knocking out Naoki Yamamoto in the opening round, in the final of a four man tournament to determine the identity of the next challenger.
Oiwa (15-4) got a crack at the champion after stopping veteran Masahiro Yamamoto with just two seconds remaining in the second round at Krush 92. For Shimano this will be the first opportunity to defend the super featherweight (60kgs) title he ripped from Goshu.
Goshu (24-9) will also be in action at the Korakuen Hall. He has an opportunity to potentially put himself into pole position for another shot at the super featherweight title when he faces Naoki Yamamoto, who was eliminated by Shimano in the final of the recent tournament.
The eight man super bantamweight (55kgs) tournament continues on this card. Masashi Kumura (9-2) meets Victor Saravia (6-4) in one semi final while Taito Gunji (9-3-1) faces Tatsuya Tsubakihara (6-1-1) in the other with the final likely to take place in early 2019.
Krush is owned and operated by K-1 and employs the same ruleset as the world famous Japanese kickboxing promotion.