Earlier this week Ian Melodillar shared the news that Filipino world title contender Robert Paradero (18-1, 12) would be travelling to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to face WBF Minimumweight champion Thembelani Okolo (9-5-1, 5), on June 27th.
Not it's been revealed Paradero is out of the bout, and will be replaced by fellow Filipino Clyde Azarcon (17-3-1, 6).
The reason given for the change was the fact Paradero wanted to be paid in advance for the fight, a rather uncommon request but one that perhaps should be a surprise given the history of Filipino boxers fighting in South Africa.
Ovwr the years promoters like Andile Sidinile and Siphatho Handi have been punished for not paying purses, and there are numerous examples of Filipino's not being given the money from South African promoters that they were expecting, including a long running battle for Jonas Sultan to recieve $1000 for a bout that was cancelled at late notice.
Interestingly Jaoquin M Henson, writing for MSN.com, explained that Paradero was set to get just $4,000 for the fight along with 3 plane tickets.
Miami, FL; On early Thursday morning President of All Star Boxing, Inc Felix "Tuto" Zabala Jr has announced he has signed a trio of Japanese prospects to an exclusive multi-year promotional agreement. Mikito Nakano (5-0 4 KO's), Kenji Fugita (1-0 1 KO) & Subaru Murata (Pro Debut) will look to invade the U.S this coming spring where they will make regular appearances on Zabala's long running hispanic boxing series " Boxeo Telemundo" which is slated to commence May 7th in Kissimmee, FL.
Mikito Nakano, 25, of Hiroshima, Japan but now residing in Tokyo were he represented Tokyo University of Agriculture during his amateur career, compiling a record of 68 wins with only 8 loses and multiple amateur crowns. Nakano has jumpstarted his career displaying great power with 4 knockouts in 5 fights, his trainer Carlos Linares of Venezuela has nicknamed the young phenom "Manos De Acero" meaning "Iron Fist".
"I am ready to invade the U.S and be Japans biggest boxing star" stated a Jubilant Mikito Nakano "Soon the World will see my Iron Fist"
Kenji Fujita, 27, of Kurashiki, Okoyama, Japan but also residing in Tokyo were he trains under the Teiken Boxing Gym. Fujita, is one of Japans best amateurs out of the bantamweight division were he had accomplished over 150 wins and traveled to multiple boxing tournaments including countries like Kazakhstan, Philippines and Aremnia amongst others. Fujita made his much anticipated pro debut at the famed Korakuen Hall this past March, stopping Motosuke Kimura in the 6th round.
"We are happy with our pro debut win this past march under Teiken promotions" noted Kenji Fujita " I am excited to soon be able to fight and train in the United States were I can acquire great experience for my professional career.
Subaru Murata, 23, from Iwade City, Japan represented Nihon University as a boxer were he has much success as an amatuer, in 2018 he won the All Japan Championship and the following year he took the "Excellent Fighter" award in Japans annual boxing award ceremony. Murata also fought in AIBA Youth Championships amongst other competitions where he finished 68-12 as an amateur and will now make the leap into the pro ranks.
"It is truly an honor for me to continue my career as a professional with such a legendary promotional company in Teiken" stated Murata " I can't wait to fight in the United States and show my skills at the International level"
We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Mr. Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions as we welcome this new generation of Teiken fighters" stated Felix Zabala " We look to showcase these prospects on our Boxeo Telemundo series which will help them grow a fanbase in the United States" Zabala added " The goal is for them to become International stars"
Teiken is the oldest Boxing club in Japan dating back to 1926, some of its world champions are Ryota Murata, Shisuke Yamanaka, Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares, Toshiaki Nishioka, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, Toshiyuki Igarashi, Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez RIP, David Griman, Eloy Rojas, Takahiro Ao, Jose Luis Bueno, Takashi Miura, amongst others.
Earlier today it was announced that the scheduled May 13th show by Ohashi Gym was set to be postponed by 8 days, pushing it from May 13th to May 21st, due to the on going State of Emergency in Tokyo.
The exact announcement stated "We have decided to change the date and time in consideration of the extension in the recent situation." It was also confirmed that tickets will not be available for purchase on the day of the event due.
Despite the delay the show is a really interesting one. It will be headlined by a regional Featherweight unification bout between WBO Asia Pacific champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] and OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡]. As well as the main event we also get an excellent chief support bout was Kazuki Nakajima (9-0-1, 8) [中嶋一輝] battles Kai Chiba (13-1, 8) [千葉開] for the vacant OPBF Bantamweight title.
Whilst fans will be wanting to watch, sadly the show won't be available to watch live. It will, however, be expected to be shown on tape delay by Fuji TV, who have a distribution deal with Ohashi and show tape delay broadcasts of many of their shows.
Earlier this month Mathcroom announced that WBO Light Flyweight champion Elwin Soto (18-1, 12) would be defending his title against Japanese veteran Katsunari Takayama (32-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] on May 8th, as part of the Canelo Vs Saunders under-card. Today Takayama took part in a press conference regarding the bout, and announced that the contracts had now all been signed.
He spoke ethusiastically bout the contest, stating"I will do my best to conquer the second weightclass. I am determined to win this world title match and enter the Light Flyweight front." Notably he did admit that he was sent the offer at short notive, revealing "I can't say anything about my condition because it is an extremely short period of time, but I am preparing as much as possible now." Despite the short notice peroid it seems like the opportunity was too good for him to say no to and he revealed "I'm looking forward to fighting in front of a large crowd of 60,000 people."
Takayama's long term mentor Hiroake Nakade, who has trained Takayama since his debut, also gave comments to the media, explaining "Although it was a sudden decision regarding the weight and timing of this match, we have experienced overseas world wars (world title challenges) and skills in our careers. Conditioning knowledge, and all the resources of the winning support staff will be used to take the title. Soto feels that there is no problem if there is enough time. The analysis has already been done. Be careful about short-term preparations, movements, corona infections, etc. and head for victory. I have no idea about the box office of 60,000 people in boxing, but what I do in the ring is the same and it does not change. Experience I feel that this is a good opportunity to make the most of it. "
Although it's a world title fight it is interesting to note just just how quickly this bout appears to have been put together. It may well have been that Soto and his team were targetting someone else and Takayama took a late call when the original opponent turned it down, or it may well have been the match makers struggling to secure a suitable challenger at the last minute. Either way we do wonder what effects such a short preparation will have on the two fighters.
One other thing that was revealed here was that Takayama and his tem would leave for the US on May 3rd, giving them less than a week to acclimatise. Again a potential problem for the Japanese challenger.
(Photo Credit = Takayama camp)
Earlier this month fight fans were able to tune in to the 2021 Youth Men and Women World Championships, which was overall a fantastic tournament that was stolen in many ways by the incredible success of the Indian team, particularly their women. Whilst the event was, widely regarded, as a success, there is a tragedy to have come from the compeition.
That was the death of Jordanian teenager Rashed Al-Swaisat, who sadly passed away on April 27th following his loss to Estonia's Anton Winogradow back on April 16th. Following the loss he was in hospital for 11 days before sadly passing from his injuries.
It's been reported that the police in Poland are investigating the situation.
We want to send our thoughts and condolences to Mr Rashed Al-Swaisat family and friends as well as to Anton Winogradow, for his part in this tragedy.
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