Earlier today WBC and IBO female Super Featherweight champion champion Teri Harper (11-0-1, 6) announced that she has had to pull out of her scheduled May 15th bout with WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4) [최현미] after refracturing her hand:
Harper fractured her hand last time out, when she stopped Katharina Thanderz back in November, and it seemed like things were fine following the injury. Sadly however it appears she had again done damage to the same hand.
We want to wish Harper a speedy recovery, though do worry a little bit about her long term career. Recurring hand injuries can become a genuine plague for fighters, as seen by the recurring injuries suffered by Joe Calzaghe and the lengthy breaks that saw Naoya Inoue have his rise to stardom delayed. Fingers crossed this is just a freak recurrence for Harper, and not a sign that her career is going to be plagued by on going issues.
As for Choi, we really hope that either this bout can be re-arranged for later in the year, or that she manages to get a worth while bout before the end of 2021, as she is certainly not getting any younger and has been horribly inactive in recent years, fighting just 3 times since the start of 2018.
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 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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