Earlier this week we saw a scheduled bout between Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) fall through after the Thai was arrested at the airport.
Originally the reason for the arrest was unknown, though that has now changed with full details now being revealed of what the Thai had done and why his career is now under real threat.
Apparently he was arrested in relation to an amphetamine smuggling case, and to fleeing arrest last year.
The fighter was taken to a special room at the airport and kept there for an hour before being officially arrested. At the time his team wasn't aware of what he'd done, but they have now been told and have given details to some in the Thai media, and the fighter's wife. Atchariya's wife wasn't aware of the details of the drugs issue, only the that he had escaped from a previous arrest.
A quote given to the Thai press stated there was 5 arrests, "The news is a big news that police arrested 5 villains, 3.4 million amphetamines, and 3 cars in Ranong. And one of them has A woman must give a smart squeal. Which may be related to the matter"
His team aren't throwing him to the wolves though, and have suggested that he may be innocent and that this could be a police error. "Importantly, the wife of the genius insists that her husband does not break the law in any way. Which I believe This should be a mistake. Like the case of the Manat Bunjumnong, the Olympic medal hero Will travel to Laos But being arrested by police at the border crossing Before being released when Manas ranted and found that it was a mistake of the police officers Anyhow, "
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Earlier today fight fans in Tokyo had the chance to see a number of notable Ohashi Gym fighters in action at Korakuen Hall. That included 3 bright youngsters, all looking to move forward with their career, two of whom had suffered recent set backs.
One of those looking to rebuild from a recent loss was Ryo Matsumoto (22-3, 20) [松本亮], who had actually lost his last 2 bouts. He made relatively light work of Indonesian visitor Carlos Obisuru (5-2-1, 1), scoring a stoppage in round 2.
Another man rebuilding from a loss was the once touted Sho Nakazawa (12-3, 6) [中澤奨], who scored a much needed win after losing 3 of his last 6. Nakazawa scored a 3rd round win over Jio Alfriando (5-8, 2), in what really was nothing more than a confidence building win for the Japanese fighter.
Arguably the most interesting of the youngsters on this card was Taku Kuwahara (4-0, 3) [桑原拓], who scored a 3rd round win over Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-4, 1). Kuwahara is one of the many talented Japanese fighters breaking through the ranks at 108lbs and he looked incredibly sharp here, a real one to watch!
Sadly a planned bout between Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) fell through when the Thai was arrested, though Hiraoka did participate in a spar with Kaiki Yuba (4-0-1, 2) [湯場海樹].
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On Monday at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will get the chance to see Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] in the ring, though unfortunately his scheduled bout with unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) will not take place.
The bout, which has looked the best bout on the show by some margin, was cancelled on Sunday when the Thai was unable to get to Japan.
Originally we weren't informed of the reasons, but we have now been informed that the Thai was actually arrested at the airport when trying to leave Thailand. At the time of writing the reason for the arrest is unknown.
As a result of the bout being cancelled we'll see Hiraoka take part in a 2 round spar with Kaiki Yuba (4-0-1, 2) [湯場海樹], who is preparing for his own fight on April 15th.
Tomorrow fans in Tokyo will be able to see former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (27-6, 15) [八重樫 東] battle against Sahaphap Bunop (4-2, 3) at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout is being described as a world title prelude for Yaegashi, who is hoping to get a shot at a Super Flyweight title later in the year.
Today the two men took part in their weight in, and both Yaegashi and Bunop made weight, coming in well under the Super Flyweight limit.
On the scales Yaegashi, who has won world titles at Minimumweight, Light Flyweight and Flyweight, came in at 114.2lbs whilst the Thai, fighting in Japan for the third time, was 113.75lbs.
At the moment it's unclear which title Yaegashi and his team would be angling for, though it is notable that he is so determined to get another world title fight after his long, and very damaging, career.
Sadly a match up between Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) has been cancelled, with the Thai being unable to get to Japan for the fight.
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Earlier today we were informed that Ohashi would be putting on their next show on April 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The full hasn't been announced, but plenty of details from the show have been revealed, including the names of many fighters from the card.
The headline attraction is former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (27-6, 15) [八重樫 東], who will be fighting for the first time since his 2018 war with Hirofumi Mukai. At the moment Yaegashi's opponent hasn't been announced for the contest, though it's not expected to be anyone too testing for the hugely popular warrior.
The most exciting bout that has been confirmed for the show will see Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] take on unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5), in a really fantastic bout. It's rare we see two unbeaten fighters fighting at this point in their careers, with both heading towards bigger fights, so to see both taking this type of risk is fantastic, and something to get really excited about.
Another bout confirmed for the show will see former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-6-1, 13) [岡田誠一] take on Nakagawa Kanehiro (6-6, 4) [中川兼玄]. Okada has won his last 4 bouts coming into this, and will be looking to continue his good run of form.
Looking to bounce back from recent defeats will be former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-3, 19) [松本亮] and the once touted Sho Nakazawa (11-3, 5) [中澤奨], who both suffered stoppage losses late last year. Neither man has had their opponent named, but neither is expected to be up against anyone too testing, given their recent stoppage losses.
One other fighter on this card is fast tracked prospect Taku Kuwahara (3-0, 2) [桑原拓], who will be in his second 8 round bout. He also lacks an opponent, though could end up against someone of some note given how Ohashi seem to view him as a very special talent.
Full bouts are expected to be announced by the middle of March, though it's nice to see that the card already has some notable names on it, and the excellent Hiraoka Vs Atchariya bout.
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