The end of 2017 looked like the best time of the year for Japanese fight fans with a huge number of major bouts. Sadly it now looks like there will be one less huge year ending bout, as Woz boxing held a press conference to announce the news that the IBF Bantamweight title fight between Lee Haskins (34-3, 14) and their fighter Shohei Omori (17-1, 12) [大森 将平] had been cancelled.
Sadly Haskins has suffered a training injury forcing him to abandon the December 31st defense against Omori.
The bout isn't dead in the water, with Omori's chairman stating they were looking into rescheduling the bout for next Spring. That however seems to be the second choice with Woz looking to set Omori up into a potential rematch with Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12), for December 31st. Of course Tapales was in training for a December 30th bout of his own, with Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2) [井上 拓真], until Inoue suffered an injury. Although talks are being held for that bout it does seem unlikely to materialise given the bout would just be 3 weeks away.
It does, sadly, seem that Omori will have to wait a bit longer for a world title bout if the Tapales rematch can't be made, but it seems that Haskins' has agreed to face Omori in a rescheduled bout.
Despite that IBF Bantamweight title bout now being off we will still see Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] challenge IBF Super Bantamweight champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22) and we will also see WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka's (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] defending his titlea gainst Thai teenager Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม].
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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