We've seen a lot of bouts set for this year being cancelled or delayed, whilst a lot of them have to d to obvious issues regarding the on going global situation there have been other issues, such as injuries to deal with. Amazingly however we are already getting injuries delaying bouts that are scheduled for the new year!
Just last week we saw the planned Featherweight title unification bout between WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] and OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] being delayed from March to May, to allow Mori to recover from a left hand injury. Today broke of another delay to a bout announced for next year.
This time it was a delay to the scheduled 8 round bout between Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓] and Yoshiki Minato (9-3, 4) [湊義生].
Originally this bout was scheduled for January 14th, on Phoenix Battle 75, but it has now been pushed back to March 11th.
The delay here is down to Kuwahara suffering an injury. The specifics of the injury haven't been announced, though with the bout set for a March date the hope is clearly that the injury isn't too bad, and will only force a couple of months delay rather than anything longer.
On Saturday WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] recorded his third defense as he scored an 11th round TKO victory over Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士]. Just a day later he announced that he would be back in March to defend his title against OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡], in a unification bout.
On Tuesday that clash was officially confirmed for March 11th.
Sadly just a day after that announcement, the bout has had to be pushed back to May 13th.
The delay, as reported by Boxing Magazine on twitter is due to Mori suffering a hand injury in Saturday's win over Tameda:
The tweet, states that Mori injured his left hand against Tameda and will will need lengthy treatment for it. We assume that an injury to his hand was known about, though was assumed to be a minor injury, which has now been given a proper diagnoses and turned out to be more serious than first assumed. As a result it'll need treatment and a longer rest than first expected, causing the bout to be pushed back by around 2 months.
Despite the delay the bout is still one to really look forward to and it's a relief to see that the bout has only been pushed back and not cancelled all together.
Yesterday at Korakuen Hall WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (12-0, 7) [森 武蔵] recorded his third defense as he scored an 11th round TKO victory over Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-6-2, 19) [溜田剛士] at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo.
Today Mori was back in the ring, in his home of Aichi Prefecture, where he was given chance to speak to the audience at the "Splendid Boxing" show at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
It was there that Mori announced his next bout.
It was revealed by Mori that he will be back in the ring on March 11th to face OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] in a return to Korakuen Hall, in a bout between two of the leading Japanese fighters in the talent laden Featherweight division.
At the moment the full details haven't been confirmed, though it appears the bout will be to unify the two regional titles. If that is the case it'll be Mori's 4th defense of the WBO Asia Pacific crown and Shimizu's 6th defense of the OPBF belt.
Interestingly Shimizu and Tameda, the man Mori beat this weekend, are both from the Ohashi Gym and that little bit of history would, potentially help add an extra layer to this bout, which already sells it's self.
Fingers crossed the promoter officially announced the show in the coming days, along with some of the under-card, for what promises to be an excellent main event.
Earlier today it was revealed that WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] had been part-taking in a training camp in Yamaga Citya, Kumamoto. The camp was only a short one, running from August 16th to August 18th, with the focus being on strength and conditioning for the 20 year old regional champion.
Speaking to Boxmob after the camp completed Mori revealed
"I'm tired right now, but I think I can feel the effect (of running) when sparring begins" [Translated]
and added "I don't practice interpersonal training right now, but I'm building a body that allows me to move as I want when I start sparring," [Translated]
In total Mori did 120KM of running, with 40KM a day, with the focus of the camp being on his stamina and physicality. Interestingly he was training from 6am to 4pm to try and avoid the heat.
Back in July talk had been raised about a potential regional title unification bout between Mori and OPBF champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡]. Although that bout hasn't been ruled outit now seems like Mori is open to a bout with JBC champion Ryo Sagawa (10-1, 5) [佐川遼], explaining to Boxmob:
"(Sagawa) has a champion carnival, but after that, I would like to try a unified battle with the Japanese throne eventually." [Translated]
Regarding that Champion Carnival situation Sagawa is mandated to defend the Japanese Featherweight title against Hinata Maruta (10-1-1, 8) [丸田陽七太], though at the moment it's unclear when that bout will be taking place.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for July, with the award winners being named for the first time since February!
The MVP for the month was named as the newly crowned Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] who scored a massive upset win against Koki Inoue (15-1, 12) [浩樹井上] to claim the title on July 16th. The win saw Nagata become the 6th Japanese champion at Misako Gym, a new record, and was followed with Inoue announcing his retirement from the sport.
For Nagata the win was a huge one, and will set him up for some notable bouts later in the year, potentially including a rematch with Rikki Naito, which would see the Japanese, OPBF and JBC titles being unified, or a bout with Hiroki Okada, in what would be a very interesting match up.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] who recorded his 5th defense when he stopped Kyohei Tonomoto (9-3-1, 4) [殿本恭平] in a very entertaining bout that saw Shimizu dropping Tonomoto several times. Incidentally this bout also took place on July 16th.
Sadly there wasn't a New Comer award, though that saws more about how few bouts took place in East Japan this month than anything else.
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