Earlier today it was announced that Japanese Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] has had to cancel his November 28th bout against Hisashi Kato (9-9-2, 5) [加藤寿].
The bout, which was supposed to be Adachi's first bout since transferring to the Ohashi Gym earlier this year, was cancelled due to Adachi suffering an injury in training.
The full details of the injury are, at the moment, unclear though Adachi has publicly apologised to Kato, Kato's gym and the fans.
Sadly this is a notable set back for Adachi, who hasn't been in the ring since beating Masafumi Ando back in December 2019. Fingers crossed the injury isn't too serious and he will be back in the ring in early 2021.
Given the bout was relatively deep down the card the show it's self will still go ahead, and will be headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] defending his title against Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士].
Earlier this year the JBC added a new feature to their website showing changes in information for JBC licensed bouts. Whilst some of these changes are minor, and some what irrelevant to those outside of Japanese boxing, others are more interesting.
The changes are broken down into 4 types. They include returning titles, fighters transferring gyms, changing their ring names and retiring.
We won't go through all the changes in September but we will share some of the more notable ones.
The only title to be vacated in September was the Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title, which was given up by Rikito Shiba (4-1, 2) [芝力人], who officially vacated the title on September 18th, just over a year after he won it. Sadly he never managed to defend the bout during his reign.
In regards to Gym Transfers the most notable was talented Super Featherweight hopeful Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-2, 7) [木村 吉光], who has officially signed with the AMBITION Gym, becoming the latest fighter from the now closed Shirai Gushiken Gym to join AMBITION Gym.
One of the biggest things to note was that a trio of Kadoebi Gym fighters have announced their retirements. These included former OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (14-4-3, 12) [王杉康輝] and former Japanese Super Bantamweight contender Mugicha Nakagawa (24-7-2, 14) [武田勇太].
There was some name changes, but in reality none of these were hugely notable.
According to Olamsport the next bout for 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] is being put together to take place in November in Russia.
Gaibnazarov has given comments to Olamsport stating "If I'm lucky, I'll have my next fight on November 7 in Yekaterinburg," though there was no information regarding his opponent.
The talented Gaibnazarov was last seen in the ring in December 2019, when he stopped Vladyslav Baranov in Almaty. Since then he has been pencilled in for action, though has had bouts cancelled due to the on going global situation.
When he turned professional, doing so with Top Rank, there was big hopes for Gaibnazarov but he seemed to struggle with the professional style from the off. He was dropped in his debut, in 2017, and was matched softly until running into the awkward Mykal Fox in 2019. Fox managed to over-come the Uzbek, who has been unable to rebuild, with the Baranov bout being his only one since that loss.
At the age of 29 there is time for Gaibnazarov to do something with his career, but that time is ticking and he has a lot to do if he's to turn his amateur success into professional success.
Earlier today Uzbek sports news website Olamsports, reported that Rustam Tulaganov (3-0, 1) [Рустам Тўлаганов] was expecting to return to the ring on October 31st, though the full details of his upcoming bout aren't yet set in stone.
What is known is the targeted date, as mentioned October 31st, and the location of the fight, Sochi in Russia. Sadly there are no details about his opponent, or whether there would or wouldn't be a title on the line for the bout.
The talented Tulaganov was last seen in the ring in February, when he defeated Norbert Dabrowski in an 8 round bout in Kaliningrad. Originally Tulaganov's team had hoped for that bout to be a minor WBA title fight, though reportedly the WBA were unwilling to sanction it. It now seems more likely that the WBA will, finally, let the unbeaten Uzbek fight for one of their belts, though of course he would need a suitable opponent.
It's worth noting that Tulaganov was one of a number of Uzbek's training together and we suspect that if Tulaganov is fighting at the end of October then at least one of Odiljon Aslonov (2-0, 1), Ulugbek Mubinov (1-0, 1) or Shukurjon Rahimov (1-0) will also be on the show.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the monthly award winners for September, naming an MVP, a Fighting Spirit award winner and a Newcomer award.
The MVP was, unsurprisingly, triple crown winner Shuichiro Yoshino (13-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎]who successfully defended his JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles and over-came gutsy veteran Valentine Hosokawa (25-8-3, 12) [細川繁]. The win saw Yoshino successfully defending all 3 titles and take one more step towards a world title fight.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the hard hitting Kazuki Nakajima (9-0-1, 8) [中嶋一輝], who stopped Kenta Nomura (7-4, 3) [野村健太] in 3 rounds to advance a step closer to his first title fight. Although Nakajima's wasn't perfect it was rather exciting, and again showed he is a legitimate puncher, albeit a flawed one who has still got work to do.
Talking about flawed punchers it's worth noting that Yasutaka Fujita (6-1, 6) [藤田裕崇] won the Newcomer award, following his 19 second blast out win over Kensuke Nakamura (4-9-2) [中村 堅亮]. Although still a flawed fighter it's hard to dislike Fujita's aggression and power, and hopefully we see more of him in the near future.
Unlike normal awards the winners will not be given an in ring award ceremony at Korakuen Hall. They will be certificated and prizes and will have comment videos posted online.
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