Earlier this week we reported that there may have been some issues in the planned bout between former wold title challenger Tomomi Takano (10-3, 7) [高野 人母美] and Joan Ambalong (6-7-1, 3), with that bout scheduled for January 21st.
Now it's been confirmed by the Japanese fighter that the bout is off, cancelling it due to the situation with her Japanese license, and talking about problems between herself and Kyoei gym.
In an instagram post, posted yesterday by Tomomi in English, she spoke about being in the Philippines, being frustrated at the situation and the fact that to get her release from Kyoei she would have to pay a significant financial payment ($50,000).
We have included Takano's full post to the left, which can be read by English speakers. It clearly shows her frustrations at her former gym, the JBC and the Japanese boxing culture as a whole.
Whilst there is always two sides to every story, we do feel as if Takano's issue is one that has had a long backstory with stories of mistreatment surrounding the female fighter and her time at Kyoei. Several sources have reported she has been unhappy there, and even prior to November she had announced her retirement, before being publicly called out by the head of Kyoei, who seemed to coerce her into returning to boxing.
Kyoei clearly are at the ire of Takano's frustration but we do see where she's coming from, and it does look like there has been too much behind the scenes for the Kyoei and fighter to ever reconcile, and for this situation to actually have a good conclusion. Any fighter retiring due to management or promotional issues is a loss for boxing, and and system that makes fighters feel likes prisoners needs investigating.
We really do wish Miss Takano well and hope that everything can be sorted for her to return to the ring in the future on her terms. For now however it's clear that politics is stopping her from fighting much more than desire to fight.