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WBC champ Ken Shiro: “I want to knock him out!”

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All fired up, WBC champ Ken Shiro wants one thing: knock out his foe Ganigan Lopez.

Japanese world champion Ken Shiro’s next title defense is still three months away, yet he’s already in the gym. His motivation is to put Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs) to sleep in their upcoming rematch.

“I want nothing but a finish,” The 26-year-old Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs) tells RealFight PH in an exclusive interview. “I want to knock him out!”

Shiro took the WBC world title from Lopez last year in a highly competitive bout. The fight was so close that only two of the three judges gave the slightest advantage to him. In their second meeting, Shiro plans to keep the title around his waist and become the second man after Denver Cuello to score a stoppage win over the Mexican Lopez.

As he prepares for another war, Shiro enlisted Pinoy standouts to emulate Lopez’ style. He’s training with Chris Alfante, Robert Onggocan and former world title challenger Jonathan Taconing. According to him, the Filipino boxers gave him a better understanding of Lopez’ game.

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“There are a lot of southpaw boxers here in the Philippines. Cris Alfante is like the similar mold of Ganigan Lopez both in terms of height and fighting style.”

With all the four major world titles in Japan, WBC champ Ken Shiro says he’s not rushing into unification talks at the moment. He plans to continue improving as he defends his belt. And when the right time comes, he promises to be ready.

“I’m not rushing things. I have to defend my belt against Lopez. After that, I still have two more voluntary defenses; then we can talk about the unification.

WBC light-flyweight champion Ken Shiro is set to face Ganigan Lopez on May 25, 2018, at the Ota City Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

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