Back in August we announced that Hikaru Nishida (16-8-1, 7) [西田 光] would be defending his Japanese Middleweight title against Kazuyuki Fukuyama (11-8, 3) [福山 和徹] on September 22nd.
Sadly since we reported that bout Fukuyama has, sadly, become ill and had to pull out of the contest. As a result we will now see Nishida in the ring against a replacement opponent, who we've been informed will be a Thai foe.
Originally the the plan for Nishida Vs Fukuyama was that the bout would go ahead and then the winner would go on to face a mandatory challenger in early 2018. That mandatory bout will still go ahead, however it will see Nishida defending his title against either Shoma Fukumoto (11-1, 9) [福本祥馬] or Kazuto Takesako (6-0, 6) [竹迫司登].
Sadly for Fukuayama this does leave him missing out on a notable opportunity, though the reality is that him getting a title fight wasn't really that appealing, and instead it seems much more important for him to recover from his illness, and for that we wish him the best.
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