Back in November former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] announced that he would be returning to the ring, ending a retirement that followed a 2017 bout against Shota Suito [水藤 翔太]. Sadly however his return bout was cancelled earlier today.
The plan had been for Tsuchiya to take on Chinese fighter Yangyang Li (8-1-2) as part of the January 12th Knock Out Dynamite Tournament final, the first Japanese show of 2020.
Sadly however Li has been unable to secure a visa in time for the bout, forcing it to be cancelled.
At the moment it's unclear what the plan is for Tsuchiya, who may fight in an exhibition on the card or may delay or even cancel his comeback all together.
Unfortunately this cancellation is the second on the card, which has also seen a bout between Yuki Yamauchi (4-0, 3) [山内祐希] and Ren Sasaki (10-0, 6) [佐々木蓮] being cancelled, as Yamauchi pulled out of the contest several weeks ago. It's also worth noting that a third bout on this card, Shohei Omori (20-3, 15) [大森 将平] facing off with Leshan Li (16-4-2, 9) [黎乐善], had to be changed when Li was stopped in late 2019, and has been replaced by Danny Tampipi (9-10-2, 5).
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