DEEP 64 Impact: 57kgs clash as former DEEP champ Motoya takes on Pancrase KOP Shimizu


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DEEP has announced the first fight for its final show of 2013, DEEP 64th Impact, to be held on December 22 in Tokyo, Japan. Former DEEP Flyweight Champion Yuki Motoya will take on current Super Flyweight King Of Pancrase Kiyotaka Shimizu.

The crossover of Japanese promotions becomes blurred and the bond between DEEP and Pancrase becomes stronger as two of the best fighters in Japan at 57 kgs are set to face each other on DEEP’s year end event. In a remarkable testing of mettle, Yuki Motoya will get another stiff shot at a top opponent when he takes on KOP Kiyotaka Shimizu. Motoya came out marginally better for wear in his first year of combat, then at just 22 years old he began an ascension that took him within championship range. He was granted a shot at the very first Flyweight belt against fellow tournament finalist Yuya Shibata in his home base of Nagoya, Motoya. The fight went the distance and Motoya was handed a unanimous decision by the judges. Motoya won his next non-title outing, but on his first championship defense, he was forced to hand over the belt after three rounds to Tatsumitsu Wada, a fighter just a little more ripe than himself.

Kiyotaka Shimizu won the Pancrase Neo Blood Tournament of 2009. It catapulted him up the rankings and afforded him a shot at Mitsuhisa Sunabae‘s Flyweight belt. In what would become a quintuplet between the men, Shimizu proved the better in the judges’ eyes and the title was awarded to him. Since then, Shimizu has defended the KOP title a whopping five times, during the shuffling of divisions which saw it renamed as Super Flyweight. His most recent defense was almost a year ago when he knocked out Yuki Yasunaga.

The matching of two top fighters in both DEEP and Pancrase has many ramifications on the rankings, yet it shows a remarkable commitment on the part of two major Japanese promoters to cooperate in an effort to put on exciting bouts for the fans and to provide more opportunities for the fighters. Motoya versus Shimizu will be a candidate for fight of the night, because both young men are exceedingly fast and furious, have cardio for days, and feel the weight of defending their promotion’s names.