OPBF Super Bantwamweight champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) has had a very up-and-down time over the last 6 months. He was promised Kyoei's support to get a world title fight though was left feeling unwanted by Kyoei who then backed Hisashi Amagasa and almost retired from the sport at the end of 2014. He was also heavily linked to a bout with Scott Quigg though stated that an offer never reached him whilst British promoter Eddie Hearn claimed Wake was injured, a strange thought considering Wake was posting training pictures of himself at the time.
The year also saw Wake letting his frustrations boil over and a planned OPBF title defence in December had to be canned after Wake began missing training sessions with his future in serious doubt. At the time it seemed possible that he and Koguchi gym where going to be at logger heads and that his career was potentially over.
Thankfully calm heads sorted the issues out and it now seems that the long time association of the fighter, who signed with Koguchi for his debut, and the gym is going to continue to be a fruitful one.
After the the horrible downs that blighted Wake in the final months of 2014 there is light at the end of the tunnel and it was recently reported that he would be returning to the ring on February 27th to defend his OPBF title against a yet to be named opponent on a show that features fighters from both Koguchi, including Wake's close friend on Rookie of the Year winner Kenya Yamashita (7-0, 4) and Kyoei, including Toyoto Shiraishi (24-8-2, 11). It seems not only is Wake returning to the ring but his relationship with Kyoei may be on the mend.
Although no opponent has been named we have been informed that it "could" be Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6) who was reportedly the man that Wake was supposed to defend against at the end of 2014. Whilst that bout being rescheduled would make a lot of sense we were also told that Paypa would be in action on March 1st in Korea, against Jaesung Lee, and then informed Paypa wasn't to be in Korea. If he was scheduled for a Korean show for March 1st it would mean that Paypa was in training and would be raring to go if he's the man in the ring with Wake.
(Image courtesy of Shingo Wake's blog)
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