Earlier today news broke from Japan that the scheduled November 7th bout between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] and mandatory challenger Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2) [国本陸] has had to be cancelled.
The bout has been cancelled due to Takesako suffering an issue with his left shoulder after sparring this past week. Originally the issue arose on October 27th, he then iced it, went to a medical facility on the 28th and advised to rest for 2 months.
The injury, which has occurred to his left subscapularis, is one that would essentially left him a one handed fighter had the bout gone ahead so it's hard to complain about his decision. Sadly though it does push this bout back to 2021, if it takes place at all.
This is the third time the bout has been scheduled and then cancelled. It was originally set as part of the Champion Carnival and pencilled in for May 2nd, was rescheduled due to the on going global situation. It was then pushed back back to July 27th, before Kunimoto pulled out, citing training issues, and now we've had this cancellation.
At the time of writing the plan is for the show to still take place, with former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) [井上 岳志] battling unbeaten fighter Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ] in the show's main event.
Earlier this week Kazakh website reported the disappointing news that unbeaten hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] had suffered an injury in training.
Although the full details of the injury haven't been made public was is known is that it's serious enough to have forced Zhangabayev to withdraw from his December 21st bout with Venezuelan puncher Ernesto Espana (30-2-1, 25), which was scheduled to take place in Moscow.
Quotes from a member of Zhangabayev's team seem to suggest that they will be looking to reschedule the bout for another date, rather than flat out cancel the bout, though of course this is boxing and it's easy to predict the future. It would be a shame if Zhangabayev Vs Espana didn't happen, as it looks like a great match up, but the first certainly don't "need" each other and both have other options to go on to if the bout can't be pushed back for whatever reason.
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Sadly for Sabirov this injury has scuppered what would have been his most significant bout to date. Thankfully though the 25 year old has time on his side, and has time to recover from his injury before fighting again.
The talented Sabirov has already fought twice this year, picking up TKO wins in March and June, though it is disappointing that his injury has come so close to fight night.
Fingers crossed Sabirov will have a speedy recovery, though it is worth noting that the severity of the injury hasn't been documented, so it's hard to speculate on when he may be back in the ring.
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