SHOOTO – 02/24/2018: Hirakawa’s second fight at 135 lbs announced and more

Tomoya Hirakawa (left)

Sustain announced first set of fight cards of the second Shooto event of 2018.

The only three five-minute round fight announced so far is a bantamweight crash between Tomoya Hirakawa and Yosuke Ebihara.

Hirakawa came down from 145 lbs from last November so this is going to be his second fight at the bantamweight division. Ebihara is a small bantamweight that is on a three-fight losing streak so this is the fight Hirakawa must win if he wants to stay in the hunt for the title.

All the other fights announced so far are two five-minute round bouts but some of them are very good match-ups between good looking young talents.

Last year’s rookie tournament winner at the bantamweight division, Kunihisa Sasa, is going to face 2016 rookie tournament winner Takahiro Ichou.

Another rookie tournament winner from last year, Yuki Ueno, is going to get a second chance against Taichi Taguchi. These two met back in March of last year. At this fight, Ueno was basically overwhelmed by Taguchi’s power.

Professional SHOOTO
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30
Fight Starts – 18:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Tomoya Hirakawa (Japan / Master Japan) vs Yosuke Ebihara (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Takahiro Ichou (Japan / Brave Heart) vs Kunihisa Sasa (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)

Welterweight Bout 5 min / 2R
TaichiTaguchi (Japan / roots) vs Yuki Ueno (Japan / AACC x SPIDER)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
KENJI (Japan / K.O. SHOOTO GYM) vs Yusuke Matsushita (Japan / Paraestra TB)

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
KIRYU (Japan / roots) vs Yuta Sekiguchi (Japan / Shooto Gym Tokyo)

MOBSTYLES presents Infinity League 2018 Strawweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Tomoharu Umezaawa (Japan / AACC x SPIDER) vs Yohei Komaki (Japan / Reliable)


Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (