Earlier today Ring Magazine and WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and unbeaten Thai Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) took part in their weigh in ahead of their scheduled world title fight, which was to take place in Osaka tomorrow.
The two men managed to make weight with absolutely no issues at all.
On the scales Kyoguchi was 107.8lbs and Simsri was 107.6lbs. Both very, very comfortably under the 108lbs limit. Both men had also attended their signing ceremony, essentially the last joint event before their bout.
At the signing ceremony both spoke confidently of winning. Kyoguchi spoke about having an exciting fight, that he was hoping would be seen by a lot of fans. Simsri stated he would definitely win, and thanks those who had supported him.
They also picked their gloves, with Kyoguchi picking orange and Simsri going with black, and both selecting Winnings.
Then we got the news no one was wanting, and no one was expecting, with officials from Japan holding an emergency press conference at 4PM local time to announce it.
The news was that Kyoguchi and his trainer had both had their PCR tests, taken today, come back positive, forcing tomorrow's world title bout, which was set to be the first male world title bout in Japan since boxing restarted there, to be cancelled.
Both men are said to be asymptomatic, but obviously the bout has been stopped and tracing has began of who the two men have been in contact with.
In the last few minutes we have been informed that the whole show has now been scrapped due to this news, which will be a double whammy for all the fighters scheduled to compete on the under-card.
It's not yet totally clear where the line of transmission began and this is under investigation.
Although Kyoguchi isn't the first fighter to get a positive PCR test and be named in Japan, he is the first to fail a test the day before a fight in such a high profile contest.
To many this was seen as the re-opening of Japanese boxing to the world. It was the first time we had seen an international fighter in Japan since the start of these on going situation, and Siumsri had had to self isolate for 2 weeks in Japan, arriving in Japan on October 7th and not leaving his condo room in Osaka until the 21st.
The closest we've had to this in regards to Japan was when Jorge Linares also got a positive test come back several months ago, cancelling his scheduled bout with Javier Fortuna in the US, with his test happening in Japan. That test caused the Teiken Gym to close and pushed back a Japanese show, forced several bouts to cancel and ended up cancelling the US card he was scheduled for.
After the news broke Kyoguchi did publicly say sorry, and we can't imagine how he's feeling right now after this news. As for Simsri he was said to have been weeping after the news broke to him, that his world title fight had been cancelled at the 11th hour. An understandable reaction for the 20 year old.
We are hoping, although it is likely against all hope, that the bout will be rescheduled for the near future, though at the moment that's not something being mentioned by anyone in the Japanese press.
Was has intensified this news is that this was supposed to be a model event and a reference for the Tokyo Olympics, with Simsri, an international competitors, needing to isolate for 2 weeks, and with a crowd of 2,000 allowed. Today's news is certainly a hit to those expecting a smooth Olympics next year.
Next week we'll see Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] defending his Ring Magazine and WBA "super" Light Flyweight titles against unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon.
Today the two men faced off for the first time, as they both attended their official signing ceremony, signing the contract for their bouts and building the hype towards their bout.
The event, held at 109 Shibuya, saw the press and fans attend, and gave the fighters a chance to talk about the upcoming contest.
Kyoguchi, who seemed incredibly confident, stated that he is in great condition and that because the division is so strong at title level he wanted to prove his ability. To do that he stated he was going to go after the KO. He seemed slightly disparaging towards the Thai, though that was more down to his own confidence than actually being malicious about Satanmuanglek.
The Thai seemed confident himself and promised a wonderful fight for the fans in Japan, though added that he would be bringing the belt back to Thailand due to his speed and skill. He did say that Kyoguchi was powerful and strong but like Kyoguchi his self belief was clear and unwavering.
Related - Kyoguchi takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek
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Earlier today we saw part of the pre-fight formalities for Monday's WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout, between Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] and Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10)
The event was the signing ceremony and it began badly, with Medina arriving 35 minutes late, then explaining that he was lying down and was tired.
Kameda stated it was natural for overseas fighters to be late, and that he had once waited for 4 hours in Mexico waiting for his opponent to get to the weigh in and that he was used to this type of experience. At the actual ceremony Kameda said 3 years is a long time, and that's what he's waited for this world title fight. He said there was just 2 more days until he can win a world title again. He seemed incredibly confident that he would be too good for Medina and was sure that he would win.
Medina wasn't just late, but seemed in a bad mood through out, telling the press that he would show everything on the 12th, and didn't really speak much more than that. He looked annoyed through out and had the mentality of someone was still tired, following the 18 hour journey he had had last week from Spain to Japan.
Keiichiro Kanehira, from Kyoei didn't do much to help Medina's mood by suggesting that Medina's beard was too long and that they would have to talk at the rule meeting, which will take place tomorrow. This lead to Medina staring rather angrily at the Kameda team, whilst Kanehira explain it could be dangerous getting into the eyes of his man when they fight up close.
After the signing ceremony the two fighters selected their gloves, Kameda will be fighting in Green Winning gloves, whilst Medina has selected red Everlast gloves.
Related - Kameda and Medina battle for WBC interim title! (Preview)
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