Although boxing has heated up over the past weekend, with several FOTY and KO of the year contenders, there has also been some disappointing stories. One of those was the late cancellation of Lee Selby Vs Jonathan Barros bout, with Barros failing a medical test, and another was the late cancellation of tomorrow's bout between former Japanese Super Flyweight title challenger Hayato Kimura (25-9, 16) [木村 隼人所属] and 2014 Rookie of the Year winner Ryohei Takahashi (10-2-1, 2) [高橋 竜平].
The bout between Kimura and Takahashi was supposed to be the headline bout of "Fresh Boy 83", a card that was being sold through Asign Boxing for ¥500, which is about £3.50 for our UK readers or $4.33 for our American readers. Sadly it was cancelled today after Takahashi failed to make weight, and was later treated for dehydration.
The fighter himself apologised to Kimura and although it was clear Kimura was annoyed at havign to go through a training camp only to have the bout cancelled the day before the contest he did seem to sympathise with Takahashi and there was little in terms of actual anger. Instead it seems like Kimura will focus on another bout and look to move forward with his career, rather than dwelling on the disapointment here.
The card will still go ahead as otherwise planned, but the reality is that the card is now little more than a rookie show, with Kimura Vs Takahashi being the only real bout of note scheduled for it. It's a clear frustration for fans and those at Asign, but as with Kimura's attitude, their is little point in being annoyed and it makes more sense to look towards the rest of the year.
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