Earlier today we saw the official news that Japanese youngtser Ken Shiro (9-0, 5) [拳 四朗] had vacated the Japanese Light Flyweight title, cancelling a domestic title fight scheudled for April 2nd against domestic veteran Tetsuya Hisada (27-9-2, 17) [久田 哲也].
Ken Shiro seems to have left this decision late, but it appears to be a clear sign that a deal has been fully agreed for Ken Shiro to face WBC champion Ganigan Lopez (28-6, 17) in late May, as rumoured far back as early February.
We suspect Ken Shiro's team were looking to get every bit of the deal to face Lopez tied down before passing up on the Hisada bout, hence the fact the bout has been cancelled so close to fight time. However with a world title fight up for grabs we can under-stand why Ken Shiro has vacated the Japanese title and has set his focus on something bigger and better, with May 20th expected to be the date of the Lopez bout.
As a result of Ken Shiro's decision the OPBF Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Rene Dacquel (18-6-1, 6) and Japan's Shota Kawaguchi (20-7-1, 8) [川口 勝太] will now headline the show, Dangan 178, whilst Hisada will remain on the card, but his new opponent hasn't yet been announced. We can under-stand his frustration but he will still be getting a title fight later in the year.
Interestingly it sounds like the Ken Shiro Vs Lopez bout could end up on the rumoured Teiken promoted card set to be headlined by Ryota Murata (12-0, 9) [村田 諒太] and Frenchman Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (35-2, 21), who are said to have agreed a deal for a WBA Middleweight title bout for late May. There is also speculation that Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾] could battle WBC Flyweight champion Juan Hernandez (34-2, 25) in what would be a massive triple header.
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