The bout was scheduled for April 4th and with Ono needing to pull out Kimura's team searched for a replacement opponent. This has seen them replace Ono with former title challenger Hayato Yamaguchi (12-5-1, 2). On paper this is a step down however it's still a solid match up given that Yamaguchi is significantly better than his record suggests. Included in his most notable bouts was a split decision loss to Masayuki Kuroda, in a Japanese title fight, and a majority decision loss to Renan Trongco in the Philippines.
Whilst it's disappointing news that Ono is out it does seem like we are still set to get a really interesting fight and we're looking forward to seeing the two men get in the ring.
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