Earlier today we were sent a very disappointing story from Japanese website "Thepage.jp". According to the story it appears that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) may be set to go into a "de facto retirement" due to issues with his promoter.
The story suggests that Wake and the folk at Koguchi gym are at logger heads with both seriously distrusting one another.
According to the story Wake was set to take part on the Ohashi gym card on December 30th. The story states that Wake was set to defend his OPBF title against Filipino fighter Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6), the #13 ranked OPBF Super Bantamweight challenger. For whatever reason that fight fell apart and apparently he was put in line to fight Cuban star Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) in a world title bout on TBS. From what we understand of the story Koguchi failed to secure the bout before a set deadline and instead the bout ended up falling to fello Japanese fighter Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19).
The reason Wake didn't get the bout with Rigondeaux isn't particularly clear though it's fair to say that he has been left with nothing but disappointment and seeming frustration based at the folk in charge of the Koguchi gym.
"Thepage.jp" states that after knowing he had missed out on the world title bout Wake began to skip training at the Koguchi gym and has apparently angered both the trainers and sponsors. This has lead to a quote from someone inside Koguchi gym stating that an apology may not be enough and that Wake may be forced to give up the OPBF title.
According to the same story Wake said he was "indebted to Fuji TV", who have supported him in recent years, and that they had promised to support him to a world title fight next year if he were to over-come Paypa, as expected. Of course with the Paypa bout now off it's hard to know if the channel will still push him to such a fight.
If the story is right, then it'd be fair to say that at the moment the situation is very messy. Wake appears to be caught in a battle between TBS and Fuji TV, he appears to have become very distrustful of Koguchi gym, he may be set to lose his title and he may even find himself on the sidelines until the situation is sorted out by the JBC. The longer this whole situation goes on the worse it will be with Wake losing things like momentum and world rankings if he cannot get back in the ring quickly and possible even fall out of favour with Fuji TV.
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