Earlier today OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) updated his blog. In the update he confessed there were issues and that he did come close to walking away from the sport, not the first he had felt that way, however he has decided that he has come too far in the sport to retire at this point. He has sat down and had a talk with the Koguchi chairman and it seems that whilst they do still have some issues the fighter will continue and will be heading to a world title fight in 2015.
Strangely it appears that the "Kyoei" name has been removed completely from the Koguchi website. In the past Kyoei had promised to do all they could to get Wake a world title fight and had seemingly agreed to work with Koguchi to make that a reality. The fact Kyoei has been removed from the Koguchi site indicates that the problems lies not just between Wake and Koguchi but also Koguchi and Kyoei. It needs to be remembered that it was Kyoei who helped secure a world title fight for Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19), who will be fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) on New Year's Eve.
Whilst we confess that that may be us reading too much into the situation it does seem peculiar to have seen the name dropped from the website.
Hopefully, with Fuji TV behind him, Wake will get the chance to be in the ring again shortly. Any chance of fighting this year seems highly unlikely but a fight in Spring 2015 does seem highly plausible. Hopefully either a world title fight or a tune up for the popular sharp shooter.
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