Earlier today in Japan, the long awaited Shootboxing vs Pancrase card took place, featuring shootboxing top names Andy Souwer, Hiroki Shishido, and Hiroaki Suzuki facing off against the little known Kota Okazawa, Len Genji, and Shinichi Shimizu in the two promotions’ first ever cross organizational event.
There was a bit of drama coming into Act. 3, when Shootboxing President Caesar Takeshi stormed out of a press conference late yesterday evening. Takeshi was apparently so upset at Pancrase’s disrespectful opponent selection he could no longer bear to be a part of the proceedings.
In the main event, 4 time S-Cup winner and K-1 champion Andy Souwer destroyed Kota Okazawa in one round, turning out the Pancrase fighter’s lights with a nasty left hook.
The other two highlight attractions weren’t ended in a flash, but Hiroaki Suzuki and Hiroki Shishido both had an easy night, defeating Shinichi Shimizu and Len Genji by unanimous decision.
Looking at the results of the big ticket fights, it does seem as though Caesar Takeshi may have had some legitimate concerns. While there may not be anyone of Souwer’s stature or reputation within the Pancrase organization, they might have done better than a lackluster competitor coming off two knockout losses and a draw. I doubt that we’ll see any more Shootboxing vs. Pancrase cards for quite some time, if ever.
Andy Souwer def. Kota Okazawa by KO in Rd. 1
Hiroaki Suzuki def. Shinichi Shimizu by Decision
Hiroki Shishido def. Len Genji by Decision