Suguru Muranaka apologises to Tetsuma Hayashi for failing to make weight for title bout, JBC say it's the first time in more than 40 years!
Yesterday we reported that Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7) had failed to make weight ahead of his Japanese Flyweight title defense against Tetsuma Hayashi (25-2-2, 9). The move was an unprofessional one though that Muranaka is said to have been very regretful of and has apologised to Hayashi for the issues with the weigh in. Whilst it's admirable of the former champion it's still unprofessional that he did fail to make weight and he has, rightfully, been stripped by the JBC ahead of the bout.
The stripping of the title by JBC still allows Hayashi to win the belt later today, if he wins the bout, though has also created a little bit of history.
According to the JBC this is the first time they've had to strip a national champion for failing to make weight since since March 1967 when Katsuo Saito was stripped of the Japanese Bantamweight title. Saito weighed in at 119½lbs for that bout, 1½lbs over the Bantamweight limit. In the end it didn't matter on that particular occasion as Saito was stopped in 2 rounds by Ushiwakamaru Harada though it is interesting to note that when Saito returned to the ring he was fighting as a fully fledged Featherweight, completely skipping the Super Bantamweight division.
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