Earlier today news broke that the Aoki Gym in Tokyo, would be closing due before the started of 2020 due to issues with compliance.
The full issues haven't been totally disclosed, but appear to be of a financial nature. and was described as being an issue of power harassment, and social irresponsible.
The gym isn't a huge one, but is known for having several notable fighters. One of those was female star Momo Koseki (24-2-1, 9) [小関 桃], who retired in 2018, former WBO Flyweight Sho Kimura (18-3-2, 11) [木村翔] and Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也].
Whilst Koseki has retired, Kimura is still worl ranked, and only lost his world title a year. More notably Watanabe has a big bout planned for October 30th against former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝], in what will be a Japanese Featherweight title eliminator.
The gym is still open, but the fighters such as Kimura and Watanabe, will need to transfer before it closes it's doors. There is no set date for the closure, but those fighters will still need to be transferred, with their licenses before it does close.
The gym has started that not only will it be closed by January 1st 2020, and fighters will be transferred, where appropriate, but that that the directors will also retire by the date it closes.
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