Earlier today it Kaneko boxing gym confirmed that their fighter, Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9) would not be fighting on November 18th as originally scheduled. Instead he will be fighting 4 days later in Liverpool, England as he gets a long awaited world title fight.
Otake had been rumoured for a day or two to have been in advanced talks with WBA regular champion Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22). Those talks culminated with Otake being announced as Quigg's opponents for a bout in Britain as part of an British PPV show headlined by a Cruiserweight bout between Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14) and Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14).
The main event is an interesting one though one we struggle to defend as a pay per view. As for Otake's fight we do feel he was a "made to order" opponent for Quigg with the two men having a similar mentality to action in the ring but very different strengths with Quigg being a much harder puncher, especially up close where both men do their best work.
Otake, a former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion, has been ranked highly by the IBF and WBO prior to this announcement though is unranked by the WBA. We suspect that the WBA will be happy to include Otake in their upcoming rankings though it does further add to the suspicion that the organisations are very flexible with their rankings when it suits them. If they don't then the odds are Quigg will find another opponent for his 5th defense of the WBA regular title.
We'd like to wish Otake the best of luck but we do feel that Quigg's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has been very cynical here in selecting Otake as an opponent, especially given that the Japanese fighter has had a recent rib injury which hasn't been "tested" since he suffered in preparation for a 5th Japanese title defense.
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