Tomorrow's show at the Korakuen Hall will now see only 3 "Strongest Korakuen" bouts with the 140lb bout having to be cancelled today at the weigh in due to the failure to make the weight by Noriaki Sato (4-1-1) [佐藤 矩彰] who came in 2KG's, more than 4lbs, over the 140lb limit,
Although he was well over the limit Sato did like a man who had done his best to lose weight and looked drained at the weigh in. He apologised publicly to fans, his opponent and others for failure to make weight, but given he was more than 2% over the limit there is real questions to be asked about his effort, especially given he failed to lose any weight during a 2 hour grace period before being pulled form the card on medical grounds.
Sato had been set to face Koichi Aso (20-7-1, 13) [麻生 興一] with the two men fighting for the rights to be the mandatory challenger for the Japanese title in 2017, and fight the winner of Hiroki Okada's up coming title bout with Valentine Hosokawa in early November.
As a result of Sato's failure to make weight we will now see Aso get a title fight in 2017, probably against the winner of Okada's bout with Hoskawa though it may for a vacant title if Okada decides to avoid a third bout with Aso, having beaten him twice already, and focus on winning an OPBF title instead.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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