Early on Wednesday morning, local time in Japan, Sponichi reported that the Osaka National Taxation Bureau are investigation the Osakan based Muto gym for violating corporate tax law.
Sponichi's report mentioned an amount of ¥49,000,000, which has been apparently hidden due to non-existent land purchase and real estate transactions in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City. The gym president, Takashi Edagawa has been accused of being responsible, though it appears the gym have stated that they have filed amendments to their records and paid "most" of the difference.
The same report also suggests that between June 2014 and May 2016 around ¥190,000,000 was evaded in corporate tax. This was also, reportedly, part of fictitious land purchases.
Of course at the moment these are only being investigated, and no one has been found guilty of anything, but it's certainly a worrying time for the gym, which recently announced a link up with MTK Global, who have reportedly had their own criminal issues with their historical links to Daniel Kinahan and the wider Kinahan family.
It's going to be interesting to see how this story develops, whether there are criminal charges or whether it's simply been an oversight and will be corrected in the near future.
Earlier today MTK Global announced that their expansion was into Japan ad they unveiled their link up with the Muto Gym in Osaka.
The deal will see the Osakan based gym, headed by Takashi Edagawa, having their fighters advised by MTK, who have a list of global stars in their stable. In fact this is the 14th separate territory for MTK to begin working in.
Whilst the Mutoh Gym isn't a big one it does have an established name. It's a gym with a history that includes having created a world champion, in former 2-time WBA Super Flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro [名城信男], and numerous regional and national champions, including the likes of Masahiro Sakamoto [坂本真宏] and Takayuki Hosokawa [細川貴之].
At the moment the gym is going through some notable transitions with their most well established fighter being WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (16-8, 9) [ストロング小林佑樹] and notable prospects include Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田 凌佑], Yusuke Mine (3-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-1, 2) [桑畑凜生], also known as Dekanarudo Torio.
A press release from MTK Global included quotes from both the MTK Global CEO Sandra Vaughan and Mr Edagawa. The quotes are below:
Vaughan said: “This is a very proud day. We are thrilled to have set up shop in Japan and we welcome our good friend Takashi Edagawa to the team. He’s done a great job building Muto Boxing Gym and now its future is even brighter.
“The sport of boxing in Japan has grown exponentially in recent times and with champions like Naoya Inoue providing the wider public with an icon to follow, further momentum is inevitable.
“Together with Takashi and his team, we look forward to harnessing the huge amount of local talent, finding the right paths for existing champions and ensuring we keep unearthing and developing future prospects.”
Edagawa said: “I feel it is my duty to ensure that Japanese athletes have the opportunities to put in great performances across the world and as I join forces with MTK Global, it gives me more confidence of accomplishing that goal.
“I made a world champion in my fourth year in boxing and now I want to build other fighters to show the world that Japanese boxing is strong. I feel it is my duty to make this happen.
“Thank you to MTK Global for giving me this honourable moment in my career.”
It's unclear what the real effects of this will be, though with some luck it could mean that the Mutoh promoted "You Will be The Champion" branded shows may be made available on YouTube, like other MTK shows have been, for international fans. If that happens then that is a huge bonus for fans, and a huge boost in exposure for the fighters.
Yesterday we reported that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be up against former OPBF Flyweight champion Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in his next bout, which will take place in December.
That bout will be part of the under-card for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title fight between champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹] and South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
We can now report who Mine's and Kobayashi's stablemates, Ryosuke Nishida (1-0, 1) [西田 凌佑] and Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生], will be facing.
Kuwabata, who is in the events chief support bout, will fight in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout against once beaten Filipino puncher Ken Jordan (8-1-2, 7). On paper this is a brilliant match up, pitting a talented former amateur, in just his 4th pro bout, against a hard hitting fellow youngster, with Jordan entering on the back of a 5 fight unbeaten run. This should be a test for Kuwabata, and whilst we expect him to win, we do expect to see him being genuinely given a tough night.
Nishida on the other hand, only debuted in October, will be in a 6 round bout against tough Filipino journeyman Pablito Canada (7-17-4, 1). On paper this is a safe bout for Nishida to get a win in, but Canada get the upset wins, and fans in Mandaluyong City saw that recently when he upset former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan. Again the local prospect should have too much, but this could be a banana skin if Nishida over-looks his foe.
(Image courtesy of Muto Gym)
Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese amateur standout Yusuke Mine (2-0, 1) [峯 佑輔] would be taking a major step up when he fights again.
We had known for a while that he would be in action on December 22nd in Osaka, and was expected to take on someone with a ranking of some kind, be it OPBF or JBC. What we didn't expect was that it would be a former OPBF champion with experience of fighting for world titles. That however is exactly what has been confirmed.
Mine, who debuted back in July, will be up against 54 fight Filipino veteran Ardin Diale (35-15-4, 17) in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout.
Mine, who scored more than 50 wins in the amateurs, has been compared with Nobuo Nashiro, who won a Japanese title in his 6th bout and a world title in his 8th. Given this sort of step up in class this early in his career he may end up challenging the types of numbers Nashiro needed to win titles. It wasn't until fight #5 that Nashiro faced a former world title challenger, beating Hidenobu Honda in his 5th fight.
Diale isn't in the best form of his career, having lost 3 of his last 4, but when you consider those bouts include decision losses to Jonas Sultan, who fought for a world title just a fight earlier, and Wulan Tuolehazi, who challenges for a world title in December, you can see that Diale is still competing at a high level. He is however more than 3 years removed form being the OPBF Flyweight champion, losing that belt to Daigo Higa in 2016.
Despite Diale being on the slide this is still a massive step up in class for Mine.
At the moment we are still waiting to hear who Tulio Kuwabata (3-0, 2) [桑畑凜生] will face, though the rumour mill has suggest this could also be a notable fighter in another 8 round bout.
The bout will be one of the main supporting bouts for a card headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹], who takes on South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
(Image courtesy of the Mutoh Gym)
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