Back in mid-February we saw the announcement of a world title triple header for April 15th. That original announcement saw WBA Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太] being matched with Italian veteran Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-2, 5), WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (15-0, 15) [比嘉 大吾] taking on Nicaraguan Cristofer Rosales (26-3, 17) and WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6) [拳 四朗] battling former champion Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17).
Now however it's been revealed that the Light Flyweight title bout has been removed from the card, where it would have likely been on a delay broadcast and not seen by a live TV audience.
The good news is that fans won't need to wait too long to see the fight take place, as it's been rescheduled to May 25th, and will join the Fuji TV broadcast for the card headlined by Naoya Inoue (15-0, 13) [井上 尚弥] battling Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1-1, 13) for the WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion.
As a result of the change we now end up with two live world title double headers on Fuji TV, with no bouts being shown on a delay.
The reason for this change isn't totally clear, with speculation being that Fuji wanted to do two double headers or that Ohashi failed to secure a second world title bout of their own, and have had Ken Shiro fill in as a result. There is also the possibility that Ohashi may have plans that now run into June or July for another big fight featuring one of their big hopes, and have removed them from any plan for the May card to help complete negotiations.
For fans who are unable to make it to either event this is great news and will let you see all 4 bouts on TV, for fans who have tickets for the April card this might be a bit of a disappointment, but the card is still a strong one.
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