April 6, 2020

Ken Shiro Still Wants Felix Alvarado

By Carlos Costa

The ever-smiling, yet lethal Japanese WBC world champion Ken Shiro (17-0, 10 KO’s) still wants to unify belts against dangerous Nicaraguan KO Artist IBF 108 lbs kingpin Felix Alvarado (35-2, 30 KO’s), hopefully this year.

The two men were suppose to collide during an exciting world title triple-header last December in Yohohama, Japan.  But Alvarado had to withdraw due to a lung illness.    That was disappointment for boxing fans.

Then, instead of battling the Nicaraguan slugger, Ken Shiro (full name Kenshiro Teraji), locked horns against Filipino former titlist Randy Petalcorin (31-4-1, 23 KO’s), whom he stopped in four rounds of action.  

Still, the popular 27-year-old “Amazing Boy” wants so bad to collide in the ring against the hot heavy-handed Alvarado, whose head coach, Luis Ernesto Cortez Pereira, is the same man who used to work in the corner of legendary Nicaraguan “Explosive Thin Man” Alexis Arguello (77-8, 62 KO’s). 

For boxing fans, Ken Shiro vs Felix Alvarado is a natural fight among two thrilling warriors who are among the best 108-pounders in the planet.     

Other top dogs in the exciting weight class are unbeaten Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9 KO’s) and the also undefeatd Carlos Cañizales (20-0-1, 17 KO’s)

Will the Ken Shiro vs Felix Alvarado WBC/IBF Light Flyweight World Title Unification battle ever happen in 2020?  

Well, lets hope so because boxing fans would still love it.


The author Carlos Costa of Panama is a veteran boxing reporter living in Asia since 1991.   Carlos can be reached at carlos512@hotmail.com and whatsapp +639184538152.