For a second day running we've seen a notable retirement by a Japanese fighter.
Yesterday we saw Yasutaka Ishimoto (31-9, 9) [石本康隆] take to social media to announce his retirement, citing his eye injuries, and this morning we've seen Japanese Bantamweight champion Ryo Akaho (31-2-2, 20) [赤穂 亮] have his retirement reported.
Akaho, the Japanese Bantamweight championm was supposed to defend the national title this coming Saturday in a Champion Carnival at the Korakuen Hall bout against Yusuke Suzuki (9-3, 6) [鈴木悠介], in a bout set to headline a live television broadcast on G+.
At the moment details are unclear on the retirement but suspicion is that the 2-time world title challenger has failed a pre-match physical and been forced to retire on medical grounds. This is yet to be confirmed but all sources are suggesting this is the most likely scenario, given the time frame.
As far as we're aware the show will still go ahead, just without the highly anticipated main event.
Akaho's retirement will likely allow Suzuki fight for the vacant title in early 2018, though sadly misses out on this high profile, televised contest.
According to multiple sources Akaho had fallen ill on Monday and was taken to the hospital with a "sudden illness", that seems to have been put down to weight loss. His team have stated that a doctor's opinion on Akaho's future as a fighter was unclear, though some have reported the comments to suggest that Akaho is now retired on medical grounds.
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