PANCRASE 271 – 11/01/2015: WEC veteran Hiromitsu Miura coming back to MMA
Remember the fighter named Hiromitsu Miura that challenged Carlos Condit for the WEC welterweight title?
Well, after he was released from WEC in 2011, instead of continuing a career in MMA, Miura, who was 27 at the time, decided to make a switch to pro boxing. He began boxing training at Teiken Gym around January of 2009 as part of his MMA training. However, after a loss to Edgar Garcia in WEC 38, Miura concentrated on just boxing.
In December of 2009, Miura passed the test get a pro boxing license, then, in April of next year, he made a pro boxing debut in Las Vegas. Miura defeated Issac Atencio via unanimous decision, and from there, he posted 8 straight wins. (5 of them were in the States) And by end of 2011 Miura was sitting on the number spot of Japan's super-middleweight ranking.
Finally on October 6th 2012, Miura got the title shot. He challenged OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federations) Oriental and Pacific super-middleweight champion Yuzo Kiyota.
In this fight, Miura was winning till the end of five round but in the sixth round, Shimizu landed a solid left hook to the chin and that changed everything. Miura stood back up but Shimizu just chased him with shots after shots and finally nailed a right straight to the chin and it was all over.
Miura retired from boxing after this fight.
It was only recently he decided to come back to fighting, and that is because of Akira Maeda.
RINGS / UWF founder explained, "In the world of MMA, the effectiveness of striking is already proven yet there are no MMA fighter in Japan that has applied boxing in a full-fledged manner".
So, Maeda called Miura, and he was immediately sold because "I had no reason to say not accept this."
At the media work out held at Tri-Force Shinjuku Academy on last Friday, instead of showing his boxing skill, Miura, with BJJ gi, rolled on the mat to exhibit few submission moves.
After the work out, when one reporter asked if he has seen the last welterweight King of Pancrase fight (between Shingo Suzuki and "Let's" Gota) Miura replied,"Yes I did watch. I think I win without any problem. Sure it will be different when I actually have to fight but both of them likes to strike so that's good for me."
He also added, "To me, judo and boxing are part of kakutougi and one of the grand sums of kakutougi is MMA so I want to try this till the very end. I like (fighters like) Jose Aldo. I like his fight style. But he can main that style because he is also very good on the ground."
Sunday, November 1st, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:00
Fight Starts – 15:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
King of Pancrase Lightweight Title Bout 5 min / 5R
Satoru Kitaoka (Japan / Lotus) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji)
King of Pancrase Light-Flyweight Title Bout 5 min / 5R
Mitsuhida Sunabe (Japan / reversaL Gym OKINAWA vs LINE) vs Hiroyuki Abe (Japan / Dragon Tail Gym)
Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Daiki Gojima (Japan / GUTSMAN) vs Hiroyuki "Hulk" Oshiro (Japan / Voss Gym)
Welterweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Hiromitsu Miura (Japan / SAMURAI SWORD – RINGS) vs KAZZ (Japan / GRABAKA)
VIP – 14,000 yen
SS – 11,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,500 yen
Report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)