First in 2023! IBF title fight ends without a winner


EDION Arena, Osaka, Japan. As part of the show, the local prodigy Ginjiro Shigeoka (8-0-1, 6 KOs) failed to take away the IBF champion belt in the minimum weight (up to 47.6 kg) from the Mexican Daniel Vaiyadares (27-3-2, 15 KOs), who boxed on the road for the first time in his career.

This was the first title fight of 2023.

The favorite challenger started the fight indistinctly. He slowly crushed his opponent, but allowed the champion to work from a comfortable long distance. He jabbed better, brought several right hooks to the target. Left-hander Shigeoka took aim 30 seconds before the gong – a two and a traditional left straight through the body passed.

In the 2nd round, the prospect earned more actively and aggressively. Very unpleasant blows to the body came, forcing Vaiyadares to clinch more and more often. This can be dangerous – a Mexican can accidentally (accidentally?) butt his head.

Shigeoka continued to break the opponent’s body, but at the same time he acted poorly in defense – he missed counterattacks. In the 3rd three-minute period, the fighters collided heads. It seems that Vaiyadares does not really want to continue the fight. We have drama! Judging by the replay, the clash was initiated by the champion himself.

Can not be! This fight is over. Shigeoka is in shock, Vaiyadares is in tears. We have a draw by technical decision of the judges.

T TD 3. Unexpected and not the most pleasant start of the year…