According to sources in Japan the scheduled IBF female Light Flyweight title fight between defending champion Naoko Shibata (14-3, 4) and Esmeralda Moreno (30-7, 10), scheduled for July 17th, has been cancelled due to a lack of funds available for the contest.
Prior to it's eventual cancellation the bout had been re-arranged, after having first been announce for June 28th, though it appears with the contest were more significant than they first seemed.
We'll now be expecting both fighters to go their separate ways with Shibata likely to defend her title in Japan later in the year whilst Moreno will probably focus on a different route to a world title.
Whilst this is obviously bad news for both fighters it would seem to be a blessing in disguise with both fighters now able to move on rather than continue to prepare for a bout that won't be taking place.
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