Former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Daiki Kaneko (21-4-3, 14) will not be making his comeback on May 7th as first reported.
Although we've not been given a reason for the cancellation of Kaneko's fight it does seem that time was running down on getting him an opponent for the date and instead of getting a really poor opponent he's just been pulled from the card, possibly with the hope of getting a more meaningful bout later in the year.
At the time of writing Kaneko is ranked #6 for the OPBF title, a title that is now vacant following the abdication of the throne by Jomthong Chuwatana, who is now challenging Takashi Uchiyama for the WBA "super" title. It may well be that Kaneko's team is in talks to get a second shot at that title.
Of course Kaneko was last seen in the ring losing to Jomthong back in January in a close but clear win for the Thai. That was Kaneko second loss in 4 bouts and although he's not "world class", yet, it's clear that Kaneko deserves more than to be matched with no-hopers from either Thailand or Indonesia, as would likely be the case if an opponent agreed to the fight on such short notice.
Whilst Kaneko won't be in action the show will still go ahead with former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (13-4, 13) battling Kazuyuki Fukuyama (9-6, 2) in the main event.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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