Earlier today it was made official that the proposed December 19th bout between WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] and fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] has been cancelled, and will not be going ahead as planned.
The bout has been cancelled due to the issues relating to Kenshiro's now well publicised drunken incident from the summer, where he damaged someone's vehicle. Despite a settlement now being in place with the victim it does seem like there will be subsequent issues with Kenshiro's standing in the sport and his license with the JBC may be suspended.
It seems that if the JBC don't hand down a lengthy suspension the bout could be re-organised for 2021, though it really does depend on how the JBC punish the champion.
As a result of Kenshiro Vs Hisada being cancelled the event, which was planned for the 1st stadium at the EDION Arena Osaka, has been moved to the much smaller second stadium. The show will now be headlined by a bout between Hiroyuki Kudaka (26-18-4, 11) [久高 寛之] and Tetsuro Ohashi (7-1-1, 2) [大橋 哲朗], who clash in an 8 rounder, with one of the other highlights for the show being the re-scheduled bout between Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] and Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平].
Last week we reported that scheduled bout between Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1) [西田凌佑] and Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) [大森 将平] had been cancelled at the 11th hour with Omori citing issues with dehydration. Days after that the bout had a new date, December 13th, according to Nishida's team at the Mutoh Gym. Now it appear that date has been pushed back as two different seem to have almost fallen into place with each other.
It now appears that the bout will be taking place in December 19th, at the EDION Arena Osaka, on a Shinsei Promoted card, 6 days after the previously reported date though on a show by the same promoter at the same venue.
The delay this time seems less down to an issue affecting the fighters involved and more down to the cancellation of a bout that looked a done deal, and seemed to be planned, but has now fallen apart, causing plans to change.
That was the planned WBC Light Flyweight title bout, pitting unbeaten champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which now appears to be off, with the JBC expected to punish Teraji for his drunken exploits issues, which have been in the news recently following the champion damaging someone's vehicle when drunk.
At the moment no official punishment has been given to Teraji, but it is looking like there will be one, and it also seem like the Hisada bout is dead in the water, for now.
Notably the Nishida Vs Omori bout is now one of 5 bouts scheduled for the December 19th card, and is one of 3 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. The venue has also changed, from the 1st stadium at the EDION Arena Osaka to the smaller 2nd Stadium, suggesting that the world title bout is indeed off.
Yesterday we reported that the planned WBC Light Flyweight title bout, pitting unbeaten champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] had reportedly hit a snag.
Yesterday the "Weekly Bunshun", broke the news that Kenshiro had been responsible for a motor vehicle incident when he was drunk earlier in the year. Back in the summer he had damaged a parked car and damaged the vehicle of another person. The hope was to reach a settlement and then move on with the Hisada bout, which had been pencilled in for December 16th.
The inability to reach a settlement had, reportedly, seen the announcement of the Hisada bout being pushed back, and back, to the point where time was ticking on the proposed date for that contest and no settlement had been reached.
Today, following the news being broken yesterday, Kenshiro has issued a written and public apology regarding the situation:
I, Kenshiro Teraji, became intoxicated after a drunken dinner this summer, I mistook for my home, and entered another person's premises and damaged the car parked there. I got a call from the police this month, and at that point I knew what I was doing for the first time. We apologize to the victims for their generous consideration, and the settlement has been concluded. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to all the people concerned who were preparing for the next race because of the behavior that they lacked awareness as a member of society. I will reflect on this scandal and look back at myself. We are very sorry for this time.
Thankfully it doesn't appear anyone was hurt in this incident, with the only reported damage coming to the victim's vehicle, but it is still a worry that Kenshiro is involved in this type of behaviour and we suspect there will be repercussions to come in his public standing, and the view of fans.
It's still unclear if this will draw a line under the issue and allow the fighter to move on. If not it could end up being that Kenshiro, along with Hisada, both end up being out of the ring for the entirety of 2020, which would be a real shame or both me, and a further disappointment for boxing in 2020.
Related - Kenshiro Teraji Vs Tetsuya Hisada hanging in the balance due to police issue?
Almost 2 weeks ago, on November 13th, news broke from Japan revealing that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] would be making his 8th defense of the title against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] on December 19th. We had expected an official days later. And then everything went quiet. The show it was pencilled in for was announced, but the bout it's self wasn't.
In fact JOSC essentially had a place holder on their schedule for the bout, and it seemed strange that no announcement was made.
Today the "Weekly Bunshun" has seemingly revealed the issue with the bout, and the hold up with everything.
According to the Bunshun Teraji was involved in a drunken incident earlier this year, damaging a parked car in a garage, something he has apparently admitted fault for. He then approached the victim and tried to organise a settlement, though has been unable to make an agreement with the victim. The plan was seemingly to agree a settlement and then announce his next bout, but with the inability to agree something that has pushed the announcement back, and back. Now it appears that the issue could end up forcing the bout to be delayed, if not cancelled all together.
The Bunshun also reports a quote from a lawyer stating "There is a fact that another person's car was damaged in a condominium in Tokyo, and there is a fact that the police interviewed him." [Translated] and report that Hisashi Teraji, Kenshiro's father, has also stated there was an accident involving his son and that the police had interviewed the world champion.
Worryingly there is also a quote, supposedly from boxing officials, stating:
"He got drunk with his friends and illegally invaded the tower apartment in Toyosu on his way home. He destroyed the car of a resident who was parked in the garage. According to police investigation, Terachi admitted the crime." [Translated].
Again we need to clarify that the Bunshun is the only site reporting this at the moment, though it would explain why the announcement, which was expected a week ago, has been delayed, and delayed. We expect is there is truth to this that we will see other sources begin to report similar stories in the coming days.
It's known that both Teraji and Hisada are training, and it appears their December 19th date is still the aim, but with this matter hanging over his head there may well need to be a change in their plans.
The article, on the Bunshun can be read here.
Earlier today former boxing world champion Ryol Lee Li shared and interesting image, see below, that appears to confirm a future world title bout. Not just that it appears to have some of the details about the contest.
The clipping essentially states that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] will be making his 8th defense of his title against fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], who gave WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] a good test last year.
More details then quickly emerged regarding the bout, which is now reportedly set for December 19th at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
The show is set to be the first time that Kenshiro has headlined a card since winning a world title, with the affable champion typically playing second fiddle to another major name, such as Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太].
The bout is said to be part of a show organised by Shinsei Promotions, Teiken Promotions and Misako, who are working together to put the event on and that Kansai TV, the Kansai affiliate of Fuji TV, will be in charge of the broadcast. At the moment it's unclear whether Fuji TV themselves will be showing the bout live or not.
It should be noted that the bout hasn't been officially announced yet, but it is expected to be confirmed in the very near future, with confirmation expected in the next week or so.
Interestingly this bout was originally scheduled for way back in 2017, when Kenshiro was the Japanese national champion and was supposed to defend that title in a champion Carnival bout against Hisada. That bout was cancelled at relatively short noticed when Kenshiro managed to get a chance at Ganigan Lopez for the WBC, the same title he holds today. The decision of Kenshiro to vacated the Japanese title to face Lopez left the Hisada to face Kenichi Horikawa for the title, with Hisada winning and working his way up the rankings his shot with Kyoguchi last year.
In regards to the aforementioned Ryota Murata, it's become highly unlikely he'll fit in a fight before the end of the year, and he's expected to concentrate on making a ring return in 2021.
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