The most recent issue for the annual competition was announced today as Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) [有川 稔男] has been forced to pull out of his scheduled contest against Daisuke Sakamoto (13-8-3, 8) due to an injury.
The two men were supposed ot meet on April 17th but Arikawa has suffered a suspected fractured jaw in training. As a result the JBC are likely to set up an interim title fight between Sakamoto and Makoto Kawasaki (9-4-1, 2) [川崎真琴], and give Arikawa time to recover from what is likely to be a long term injury.
For those unaware there was a fair bit of domestic intrigue in Arikawa Vs Sakamoto as it was a rematch with Arikawa seeking revenge for an opening round loss to Sakamoto in 2014, in what was Arikawa's last professional defeat. The bout being cancelled at this late notice is a real shame, but hopefully we will see them fight when Arikawa returns from his injury.
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