Early on Tuesday morning we reported that Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7) had been stripped of the Japanese Flyweight title for failing to make the weight ahead of his bout against mandatory challenger Tetsuma Hayashi (25-2-2, 9). At the time we had no image to see how bad Muranaka looked on the scales. Since then however an image of Muranaka at the weigh in has emerged with the fighter looking incredibly gaunt.
Muranaka won the title back in 2013 when he over-came Takuya Kogawa in an all war and looked brilliant in his first defense, grinding down Masayuki Kuroda. More recently Muranaka had shown spiteful power and his 1-punch KO of Yusukue Sakashita seemed to suggest that he was really developing some power. Sadly though this leaves him in a trick position.
The 29 year old from the Flash Akabane had been hoping to record his 3rd defense of the belt and then move towards more meaningful fights. Now however he's without a title and is likely to be forced to move to the shark waters at Super Flyweight. Whilst domestically that opens him up to fights with the likes of Sho Ishida, Yohei Tobe and Taiki Eto, it also seems to close the door, at least for now on any chance for him to fight for a world title. For his health however it would seem the move would be the best move for him looking at this photo.
Suguru Muranaka stripped of Japanese Flyweight title after failing to make weight
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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