Back in September news broke that the historic Aoki gym, was going to be closed before the start of 2020. That actually happened yesterday, December 26th, with Aoki announcing on social media that their doors were closing.
Of course this is boxing, and nothing is as straight forward as it seems and the gym is less "closing down" and more "transferring", if you will.
Rather than permanently closing it doors, like the legendary Yonekura gym, the Aoki gym will instead re-open in the new year as DANGAN Aoki on January 6th, keeping not only the Aoki fighters but also the Dangan ones.
From what we understand it seems like the current reason Taiki gym could be closed, and everyone could end up under the new DANGAN Aoki banner, with the gym regarded as a better gym overall for things like training. However this wasn't confirmed at the time.
This leads us to believe that the now rumoured bout between former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (18-3-2, 11) [木村翔] and former WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (27-7-1, 13) would be taking place with Kimura fighting out of the new DANGAN Aoki gym. It would also likely continue to promote Takuya Watanabe (37-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也], ahead of his Japanese Super Featherweight title fight with Kosuke Saka (20-5, 17) [坂晃典] at the 2020 Champion Carnival.
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