Tomonobu Shimizu

Tomonobu Shimizu (清水 智信, Shimizu Tomonobu, born June 28, 1981) is a Japanese professional boxer who is a former WBA super flyweight champion. He is an alumnus of the Tokyo University of Agriculture.[3]

Tomonobu Shimizu
Real nameTomonobu Shimizu
Nickname(s)Speed Star[1][2]
Weight(s)Super Flyweight
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Born (1981-06-28) 28 June 1981 (age 40)
Fukui, Fukui, Japan
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins by KO9


Shimizu had an amateur record of 68–10 (25 KOs). He turned to professional and made his debut in March 2004. He is managed by Kentarō Kaneko's Kaneko Boxing Gym and trained under Kenji Kaneko's guidance.[3]

In April 2007, Shimizu lost to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in the WBC flyweight championship in Sara Buri, Thailand. Then he captured the Japanese flyweight title in April 2008. After losing his second world title shot against Daisuke Naito at the Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, in July of that year, he defeated the interim champion Toshiyuki Igarashi in the Japanese title unification match and defended that title three more times.

WBA super flyweight titleEdit

Shimizu moved up in weight division and won the WBA super flyweight title with a split decision over Hugo Cázares at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, on August 31, 2011. It was presented by Kameda Promotions.[3] At first, WBA's Gilberto Mendoza did not approve this fight.[4] However it was authorized at the last minute.[5] He suffered a fracture of the right orbital floor in that fight. Although it took three months to recover,[6] the prospects for recovery were clear, and Shimizu had started training for the first defense that would take place in around March 2012.[7] Nevertheless, the JBC (Japan Boxing Commission) indefinitely-suspended second Shirō Kameda, and identically the JBC indefinitely-suspended promoter Noriyuki Igarashi (both from Kameda Promotions)[7] requested that the scheduled interim WBA super flyweight title match Tepparith Kokietgym vs. Daiki Kameda would be elevated to the regular title bout at the WBA Championship Committee in Donetsk, Ukraine.[8][* 1][* 2] As a result of that, Shimizu was designated as a champion in recess on November 10, 2011.[11]

Shimizu who has recovered from injury enough to do his usual training including sparring, and his manager Kaneko held a press conference on 29 November. Shimizu stated that he would fight against anyone as a champion. The team Shimizu strongly demanded a retraction and complained that the bout between Tepparith and Kameda should be taken place as an intern championship or a title eliminator.[12] Kaneko Boxing Gym submitted a questionnaire with the December 5 deadline to the JBC.[* 3] The team Shimizu mentioned that they would give up the title, if they can not get a coherent answer. The WBA's decision to make Shimizu a champion in recess has been controversial in Japan, and it has been continuously reported in the major media such as three major newspapers.[13][14][15][16] Although Kaneko Boxing Gym were given the almost zero response from the JBC, as the maximum concession, they barely accepted the status quo on condition that the unification match is early implemented.[17][18][* 4]

Shimizu fought against Tepparith Kokietgym in the WBA super flyweight unification bout at the Yokohama Arena on April 4, 2012.[* 5] It was staged again by Kameda Promotions who had also had the exclusive promotional rights for the future title defense ahead of Simizu.[21] Shimizu lost there via a ninth round stoppage.[22] After the fight, Shimizu mentioned that he would not waste the last six months where he grew both as a boxer and as a person.[23]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
24 fights 19 wins 4 losses
By knockout 9 4
By decision 10 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Loss 19-4-1   Tepparith Singwancha TKO 9 (12), 2:15 2012-04-04   Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan For WBA super-flyweight title
23 Win 19-3-1   Hugo Fidel Cazares SD 12 2011-08-31   Nihon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan Won WBA super-flyweight title
22 Win 18-3-1   Petchek Sithkorpolkanpim TKO 4 (8), 0:26 2011-04-02   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
21 Win 17-3-1   Kewpie Kanazawa TKO 6 (10), 0:36 2010-08-09   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained Japanese flyweight title
20 Win 16-3-1   Takayasu Kobayashi TKO 7 (10), 0:59 2010-02-08   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained Japanese flyweight title
19 Win 15-3-1   Wisan Sor Suchanya TKO 5 (10), 2:19 2009-09-10   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
18 Draw 14-3-1   Shigetaka Ikehara TD 2 (10), 0:57 2009-04-19   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained Japanese flyweight title
17 Win 14-3   Toshiyuki Igarashi UD 10 2008-12-23   Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Retained Japanese flyweight title
16 Loss 13-3   Daisuke Naito KO 10 (12), 0:57 2008-07-30   Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan For WBC flyweight title
15 Win 13-2   Kenji Yoshida UD 10 2008-04-14   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Won Japanese flyweight title
14 Win 12-2   Saknipon Singmanasak TKO 5 (10), 2:40 2007-12-04   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
13 Win 11-2   Yasushi Matsushita TD 5 (10), 2:07 2007-07-22   Sun Dome Fukui, Echizen, Japan
12 Loss 10-2   Pongsaklek Wonjongkam RTD 7 (12), 3:00 2007-04-06   Tabkwang Stadium, Sara Buri, Thailand For WBC flyweight title
11 Win 10-1   Fahpetchnoi Sor Chitpattana UD 10 2007-01-21   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
10 Win 9-1   Vinai Wor Surapol TKO 4 (10), 0:51 2006-09-12}   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
9 Win 8-1   Prabpram Porpreecha TKO 7 (10), 0:30 2006-06-19   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
8 Win 7-1   Kenji Yoshida UD 8 2006-03-15   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
7 Win 6-1   Hiroyuki Hisataka UD 8 2005-10-19   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
6 Win 5-1   Minoru Masuda TKO 6 (8), 2:57 2005-08-29   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
5 Win 4-1   Tetsuya Kawakami UD 8 2005-08-29   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
4 Win 3-1   Hiromi Fujizaki UD 6 2005-03-17   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
3 Win 2-1   Hyobu Nakagama UD 6 2004-12-01   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
2 Loss 1-1   Kaennakorn Klongpajol TKO 1 (6), 2:05 2004-07-23   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1 Win 1-0   Jitsuo Mizokami TKO 2 (6), 1:41 2004-03-12   Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

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  1. ^ Kaneko Boxing Gym and Kameda Gym are both members of the East Japan Boxing Association. The Association, in principle, has deemed that it is inappropriate that boxing gyms (that are members of the Association), or people not licensed by the JBC, negotiate directly with the championship sanctioning bodies on issues surrounding the fights of the JBC licensed boxers, and has decided that the JBC would serve as a point man in such instances, in November 2009.[9]
  2. ^ The JBC has not allowed the intern championships to be held in Japan without a legitimate reason such as illnesses and injuries, from February 28, 2011.[10]
  3. ^ In that questionnaire, Kaneko Boxing Gym has asked for the definition of what the WBA's champion in recess is, a solid evidence-based hierarchy between a champion in recess and a regular champion, the reason why the JBC did not allow the intern championship in this case, the disclosure of the official document where they designated Shimizu as the champion in recess and approve Tepparith vs. Kameda as a regular championship, and so on.[13]
  4. ^ With intense criticism for the WBA and Kameda Promotions, some point out the overall lack of international political power of Japan's boxing gyms.[19]
  5. ^ The day before the fight, the WBA supervisor Alan Kim announced that a draw result would make both boxers co-regular champions to be demanded a direct rematch in order to decide a sole regular champion.[20]


  1. ^ The Boxing Bulletin (February 8, 2010). "Japanese Scene: Tomonobu Shimizu Stops Takayasu Kobayashi in Champion Carnival". SB Nation. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Hisao Adachi (April 16, 2009). "¡Shimizu expone cinturón japonés ante Ikehara!" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 19, 2011.[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ Gabriel F. Cordero (August 17, 2011). "Cazares-Shimizu Update". Archived from the original on September 14, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  5. ^ 3度目世界戦清水「技術より気持ち」. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). August 30, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "12月亀田祭り 興毅と大毅W世界戦". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. ^ a b 12・7大毅戦を正規王座戦に (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  8. ^ Boxing Bob Newman (November 8, 2011). "WBA convention day 2". Archived from the original on November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  9. ^ 東日本協会定例会見 (in Japanese). East Japan Boxing Association. November 16, 2009. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  10. ^ 委員長会議報告書 (in Japanese). Japan Boxing Commission. March 9, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "D. Kameda to fight for WBA super fly title in Dec". Mainichi Shimbun. November 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  12. ^ ボクシング"休養王者"清水が質問状. Daily Sports (in Japanese). November 29, 2011. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Yoshimasa Muto (Mainichi Shimbun) (November 29, 2011). ボクシング:金子ジムが質問状 清水「休養王者」で (in Japanese). Vic Tokai. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  14. ^ Jiji Press (November 29, 2011). "清水、休養扱い「許せない」=JBCに公開質問状". Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  15. ^ "骨折完治したのに…WBA休養王者・清水が不満". Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). November 29, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.[dead link]
  16. ^ Kyodo News (November 29, 2011). "ボクシング王者の清水の所属ジム、休養扱いでJBCに質問状". Nihon Keizai Shimbun (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  17. ^ "「休養王者」問題、ジム側がJBCの回答に不満". Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2012.[dead link]
  18. ^ Jiji Press (December 6, 2011). "「興業のための措置」=清水の休養王者問題―WBA幹部". Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  19. ^ Ryō Kataoka (December 23, 2011). 格闘技界も"政治力"がモノ言う時代 (in Japanese). Sankei Digital Inc. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  20. ^ "WBA、不合理な説明=問われる統括団体の姿勢-Sフライ級王座統一戦" (in Japanese). Jiji Press. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  21. ^ Takeshi Dejima (Kyodo News) (February 28, 2012). 浮かない思い、吹き飛ばすか 亀田家と因縁の清水智信 (in Japanese). Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  22. ^ Joe Koizumi (April 5, 2012). "Full Report: Tepparit-Shimizu/Kameda-Manakane". Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  23. ^ Shinya Okumura (April 4, 2012). 「何も言うことはない」 清水、"休養王者" の屈辱晴らせず (in Japanese). Sankei Shimbun. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hugo Cázares
WBA Super Flyweight Champion
August 31, 2011 – November 10, 2011
Status changed
Succeeded by
Tepparith Singwancha
Interim Champion promoted
Vacant WBA Super Flyweight Champion
Champion in Recess

November 10, 2011 – April 4, 2012
Titles unified by Tepparith Singwancha