Last December Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] scored a controversial win over Tevin Farmer to claim the IBF Super Featherweight title. That win was later erased with Ogawa failing a drugs test and being stripped of the title. He would later be fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) who gave him a 6 month suspension from fighting in Nevada again until June this year.
Today the JBC held their own meeting in regards to the case, and came down hard on Ogawa than the NSAC did by handing him a 1 year ban, starting from on December 10th 2017.
The decision was made by a JBC ethics committee and it was explained that ban has come due to the damage to the social credibility of boxing, which has taken a big hit in Japan over the last 12 months in part due to multiple weight failures. From what we understrand it is the first ever time a Japanese fighter has been banned by the JBC for a drug violation.
The JBC also came down hard on Akihiko Honda, the chairman of Teiken, and Koji Tanaka, Ogawa's trainer.
Late last year we saw IBF Supr Featherweight title fight, with Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] winning the title with a decision win over American Tevin Farmer (25-4-1-1, 5). Following that bout it was revealed that Ogawa had failed a drugs test and yesterday the NSAC decided on their punishment for Ogawa, after a hearing.
The punishment for the Teiken fighter was that he would be stripped of the title, the fight would be reverted to a no decision, Ogawa would be fined 20% of his purse and Ogawa would be banned from fighting until June 8th, giving him a 6 month suspension, and deleting his title reign from history.
Today Teiken held a press conference with the fighter Ogawa stated that he was sorry to everyone and that he would be more careful in the future, but stated that he hadn't taken anything on purpose.
Teiken have said they submitted the the medicines, supplements and food that Ogawa ate to the NSAC and have been advised by doctors that the cause of this possible test was probably from a skin medication he was taking.
Although not yet confirmed it sounds like the JBC will begin to change the way they work with fighters to avoid similar situations in the future.
It now appears that Farmer will face Billy Dib for the now vacant title.
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Last week we saw reports come out about IBF Supr Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] failing a drugs test for synthetic testosterone around the time of his title win against Tevin Farmer (25-5-1, 5). Over the weekend we saw a number of comments being made to the media, and they were pretty interesting as details will filled in from Ogawa and his team.
The test that saw Ogawa test positive was taken on December 5th, whilst a December 9th one came back as negative. The fighter himself is unsure how it was in his body, and that he hadn't intentionally ingested anything but it appears that it's put down to medication.
According to one Japanese source one possibility for the positive test could have been medication Ogawa was using to treat atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Thed medication had been used by Ogawa previously and hadn't popped up on previous tests, including an test by the WBC in July.
At the moment it's not totally clear if the medication was brought to the attention of the Nevada State Atheletic Commission, but Ogawa has stated that he's willing to work with the NSAC and comply with their investigation to get to the bottom of the positive test.
If he is found guilty then it would be among the most significant cases of drugs in Japanese sport.
Ogawa's win over Farmer was widely criticised by the American boxing press, and so many Stateside suggesting the judges were either corrupt or incompetent. The team behind the American had began to campaign for a rematch and it did seem like we could be heading down that route, but with today's test we may end up with Ogawa being stripped.
The test is the latest in what seems to be an on going saga with Teiken and banned substances. They've seen their own fighters, such as Ao and Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介] lose to fighters who later failed drugs tests, and have now seen one of their own fail a test.
At the time of writing no comment has been made to the Japanese press, by either the fighter or the gym, with Ogawa's last comments being about the training camp he and Murata had been in, suggesting "it was a valuable experience to have the camp done together".
Over the past few days Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太] has been part of a training camp, along with Teiken stablemates Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and Takahiro Ao (27-3-1-1, 12) [粟生 隆寛]. During that camp he has shook some rust and spoke to the media revealing several things about his future.
Firstly we now know that he's aiming to make his return in April, and will defending the WBA Middleweight title for the first time. That show may end up also featuring Ogawa, making his first defense of the IBF Super Featherweight title and even WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6) [拳 四朗] in a potential triple header.
Secondly Murata admitted that he would also like to fight at the at the 55,000 seater Tokyo Dome, and is hoping to do that sooner rather than later.
Whilst fights being held in big stadiums might not be anything new to European the Tokyo Dome has only ever been used for two boxing shows. both headline by Mike Tyson. The first of those was his 2nd round TKO win against Tony Tubbs in 1988 with the second beind his shocking loss to Buster Douglas in 1990. There has never been a Japanese fighter fight in a world title fight in the venue and Murata wants to change that.
The hope seems to be that the venue, along with the sponsorship, gate and TV money would be enough to secure Murata a major name for a fight later this year, with Bob Arum said to be interested in promoting a show at the biggest venue in Tokyo, and third biggest in Japan
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