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RINGS AROUND THE WORLD- July 16 & 17- Upset in Japan; Blast Outs At The Bubble; Olas Makes U.S. Debut
Pictured: Satoshi Shimizu

During the two-day period of Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, Satoshi Shimizu successfully defended the OPBF featherweight title but previously undefeated Japanese super lightweight champion Koki Inoue was upset by Daishi Nagata in Tokyo, lightweight contender Felix Verdejo and unbeaten heavyweight prospect Jared "The Real Big Baby" Anderson scored first round knockout wins in Las Vegas, and, in Florida, Warsaw, Poland cruiserweight prospect Michal Olas made his debut in the United States a winning one. In addition, on The Bubble card, featherweight Martino Jules remained undefeated as did welterweight prospect Ivan Franco on the Florida promotion.

Thursday, July 16, 2020-

Tokyo, Japan-

OPBF Featherweight Title-
Champion Satoshi Shimizu (WBC #20; 9-1, 9 KOs)
TKO-7 2:10
Kyohei Tonomoto (9-3-1, 4 KOs)
- Tonomoto's Japanese Youth title was not on the line.
- This was Shimizu's 5th successful defense of the OPBF title.

Japanese Super Lightweight Title-
Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6 KOs)
TKO-7 2:17
Champion Koki Inoue (WBO #15; 15-1, 12 KOs)
- Inoue's WBO Asia-Pacific title was not on the line.
- Nagata came into the bout as the JBC's #1 ranked super lightweight contender.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA-

Lightweight Bout-
Felix Verdejo (IBF #9, WBO #13, WBC #15; 27-1, 17 KOs)
KO-1 2:59
Will Madera (15-1-3, 8 KOs)
- Verdejo-Madera was the main event on the Top Rank-promoted, ESPN-televised card at The Bubble at the MGM Grand. It had been elevated to main event status after the Miguel Marriaga-Mark John Yap match was scratched. Yap weighed in 8.7 pounds over the contractually agreed upon weight limit of 128 causing the Nevada State Athletic Commission to cancel the bout.
- Verdejo unleashed a fusillade of punches, dropping the previously unbeaten Madera to the canvas.

Heavyweight Bout-
Jared "The Real Big Baby" Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs)
TKO-1 1:145
Hector Perez (7-3, 3 KOs)
- Anderson is now 2-0 at The Bubble while Perez is 1-1 in his bouts at The Bubble.

Featherweight Bout-
Martino Jules (10-0, 2 KOs)
Maj. Dec. 8
Aleem Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KOs)
- The scores were 76-76, 78-74, and 78-74.

Friday, July 17, 2020-

Venice, Florida, USA-

Cruiserweight Bout-
Michal Olas (10-0, 9 KOs)
Kevin Brown (2-10, 1 KO)
- Olas, a 30-year-old veteran of the World Series Of Boxing, made his U. S. debut in this bout. His first nine pro bouts took place in his home country, Poland.
- Olas halted the 33-year-old Brown of Florissant, Missouri in the main event on the card at the Venice Arena.

Welterweight Bout-
Ivan Franco (6-0, 5 KOs)
Demetrius Wilson (2-17-1, 0 KOs)
- Franco, 22, of Tampa, Florida stopped Wilson, 26, of Florissant, Missouri in the final round of their scheduled 4-rounder.
Article By: Ken Pollitt