Earlier today ESPN boxing scribe Dan Rafael reported that IBF Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] had failed a drug test following his win over American Tevin Farmer (25-5-1, 5) back on December 9th.
The Teiken man is to have tested positive for synthetic testosterone, and will have a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in the coming months.
If he is found guilty by the NSAC he will be stripped of the title and the bout will be declared a No Contest, he would also become one of the most high profile cases of doping in Japanese spor, and comes only days after the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency gave the controversial Kayaker Yasuhiro Suzuki an 8 year ban for spiking a rivals drink
It should be noted that Ogawa, along with WBA Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太] and former 2-weight champion Takahiro Ao (27-3-1-1, 12) [粟生 隆寛] have just ended a training camp together in Okinawa and it's likely that this news will delay any plans he had for making his first defense, which had been mentioned as possibly coming in April.
The test is the latest in what seems to be an on going saga with Teiken and banned substances. They've seen their own fighters, such as Ao and Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介] lose to fighters who later failed drugs tests, and have now seen one of their own fail a test.
At the time of writing no comment has been made to the Japanese press, by either the fighter or the gym, with Ogawa's last comments being about the training camp he and Murata had been in, suggesting "it was a valuable experience to have the camp done together".