On Wednesday Kadoebi will be putting on an interesting card at Korakuen Hall, which will also be made available on tape delay on the Boxing Raise service.
Although that show is just a few days away we have seen news break regarding the event today, as Kadoebi have announced the cancellation of of the main event.
Sadly Kadoebi have announced that the bout between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], aka Tulio Dekanarudo, has been cancelled today.
The cancellation was due to Kuwabata having such poor physical condition that he's had to be hospitalised.
As a result of the cancellation Tsutsumi is now expected to feature in an exhibition bout of some kind on the show.
Sadly this is hugely disappointing news for fans of Tsutsumi, who saw him fight to two draws in 2020 including a notable one with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa [比嘉 大吾]. Fingers crossed however that Kadoebi will be able to get him back in the ring for a bout sooner rather than later following this cancellation.
As for Kuwabata, we wish him a speed recovery to full health.
Staying with cancelled bouts involving Kadoebi fighters, the promoter has also revealed that Hidetoshi Nakane (4-3, 1) [高根秀寿] has had to pull out of his scheduled April 11th bout with Hibiki Takano (4-3-1) [高杢響], due to a broken bone.
Earlier today Vesti.kz reported that the scheduled bout between Ali Akhmedov (16-1, 12) [Али Ахмедов] and American veteran Scott Sigmon (34-14-1, 17), which was set for March 12th, has fallen through.
Earlier today Kazakh website Vesti.kz reported that the bout has collapsed and has spoken to Sigmon regards to the reason for the bout not taking place. That report states a response from Sigmon explaining:
“I was interested in the fight with Ali Akhmedov. I think our fight would have been spectacular. However, his promoter offered the amount for the fight well below market value. This makes me think that the promoter may have lost confidence that Akhmedov's investment will pay off. The last time I was contacted was in mid-February. You don't have to look at Box Rec. Our fight with him will not take place,"
On paper this looked a good bounce back bout for Akhmedov, following his December loss to Ecuadorian fighter Carlos Gongora (19-0, 13), but if it is off then that's a huge disappointment, especially if it's over money, which really should have been sorted well before now.
Whilst there is a chance that Sigmon is just trying to get an increase on his pay, we can't help but think that he's being honest here and that the fight is now off, and Akhmedov will face some lesser opponent at short notice, rather than a decent and well established veteran like Sigmon.
Back in January we saw an announcement regarding a rematch between former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] and former world title challenger Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾]. The bout was announced on January 22nd, during a live stream on Boxing Raise, and was set for April 28th at Korakuen Hall.
It instantly seemed like a brilliant match up and something to look forward to in April, a month that had very little on the schedule.
Sadly however that bout has now been cancelled, with Oguni suffering an injury in training, and will not be available for the April date.
At the moment it's unclear what the plan is, though it seems like Wake will face a replacement opponent, or the bout will be pushed back, and rescheduled for a later date, with a different main event being planned for the show. One thing that does seem clear is that the show it's self will not be cancelled, just this match up.
The bout was an anticipated one, given their history. Around 8 years ago the then unheralded Wake upset Oguni, the then unbeaten OPBF Super Bantamweight champion, and began his rise towards an eventual world title fight. Sadly for Wake his world title fight saw him being battered by hard hitting Dominican Jonathan Guzman, in a bout for the IBF title.
Oguni rebuilt from his loss to Wake, ended up claiming the Japanese title then shocked us all by dethroning Guzman in his first defense, just months after Guzman had battered Wake and literally broken his face. Oguni's reign was, however, a short one losing to Ryosuke Iwasa in his first defense.
At the time of writing it's unclear how serious Oguni's injury is, though we want to wish him a speedy and full recovery.
Earlier today Boxmob reported that the scheduled Japanese Youth title bout had been cancelled.
The bout in question was the scheduled Japanese Youth Bantamweight title, between defending champion Toshiya Ishii (3-1, 2) [石井渡士也] and fellow youngster Kaito Takeshima (6-3-1, 1) [竹嶋海刀], which was scheduled for March 11th on an Ohashi promoted show.
Sadly the reason for cancellation has been put down to Takeshima's health and physical condition though no other details were reported in regards to what health issues Takeshima had.
Given this news we wish Takeshima a speedy recovery from whatever the issues are, and hope that it won't be too much longer until we see Ishii back in the ring, as he looks to bounce back from a 2020 loss to former world title challenger Sho Ishida (29-2, 15) [石田 匠].
Despite this cancellation the card is still a stacked one including a brilliant match up between Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] and Yoshiki Minato (9-3, 4) [湊義生], the debut of Yoshiki Takei (0-0) [武居由樹], the return to a Japanese ring for Andy Hiraoka (16-0, 11) [平岡アンディ], following successive bouts in the US, and a Japanese youth Welterweight title bout between Rikuto Adachi (14-2, 11) [安達陸仁] and Takeru Kobata (8-5-1, 3) [小畑武尊].
Just over a week ago we saw the announcement that there would be boxing in Christmas day in Thailand, with Petch CP Freshmart (58-1, 43), aka Tasana Salapat, defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against fellow Thai Kongfah Nakornluang (33-3, 21), aka Chaiwat Buatkrathok.
Sadly that show was cancelled yesterday when the promoter announced the event was pulled due concerns about Covid19, and how the event could lead to an increase in case numbers.
Thailand, which has kept numbers under control remarkable well for such a populated country, has seen some very high numbers in recent days compared to what it have been seeing through much of 2020, and the promotional company along with the sponsors realise it's not worth the risk.
Although the bout is cancelled, we wouldn't be surprised to see the bout end up being re-arranged for 2021, as it's the sort of fun match up that could help set Petch up for a second shot at one of the bigger international names.
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