Just over two weeks ago we saw the heavy handed king Teiken man announce that he would be making his 6th defense of the title on October 7th at the Korakuen Hall against veteran Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. Today, just over 2 weeks later, that bout has been scrapped, with Ogawa vacating the title and stating that he was now going to concentrate on winning a world title.
Ogawa, who had been the champion since dethroning Rikki Naito back in December 2015, is ranked by all 4 world title bodies. Those rankings include a #4 ranking with the IBF, who currently have vacant positions at #1 and #2 as well as a vacant title, which was recently stripped from American Gervonta Davis who failed to make weight this past weekend. On paper this would mean that a bout between Ogawa and the #3 ranked Billy Dib (42-4-0-2, 24) would make sense and would be the top two fighters facing off for the vacant title, something we suspect Teiken would be very happy to help make. And something we suspect Dib would be fine with, given he has previous fought in Japan, losing to Ogawa's former stablemate Takashi Miura.
Although it's not yet been confirmed, it does seem like talks between the two camps will begin shortly and that a deal will be agreed between the two camps in the weeks to come.
Where this leaves Tojo is interesting and we wouldn't be surprised to see him getting a shot at the vacant Japanese title in 2018, though that is yet to be confirmed, what we do know is he won't be getting a shot on this card.
(Image courtesy of Teiken)