Earlier today the WBC published two documents ahead of this Friday's world title fighters. One of those was were stats relating to the WBC Light Flyweight title and another was relating to the WBC Flyweight title. Sadly both of those documents are plagued with errors, incorrect information and further proof that the WBC have some major question marks about their research and communication.
Firstly the issues with the Light Flyweight document.
The document, linked below, states that Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) is a Teiken promoted fighter managed by Akihiko Honda. Of course he's not. He's an Ohashi promoted fighter managed by Hideyuki Ohashi who has managed him since he turned in 2012. They alos list Inoue at 20 years old when he's 21 and state that he has 21 rounds of professional experience when in reality he has has 36 rounds
These might not seem like big issues but they are still mistakes that shouldn't have been made especially not by the WBC who should know better.
The document can be seen immediately below for those interested.
Secondly the Flyweight document which also features similar errors regarding a Japanese fighter, this time Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10), the current WBC Flyweight champion. The WBC state that Yaegashi is also a Teiken promoted fighter the managerial guidance of Akihiko Honda. As with Inoue, see above, Yaegashi is an Ohashi promoted fighter under the guidance of Hideyuki Ohashi.
Unlike with Inoue however this mistake is very misleading and not just wrong. In Japan no fighter is allowed to fight against another fighter of the same promoter. As we know Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33), Yaegashi's opponent this Friday, is a Teiken promoted fighter. The JBC (Japanese Boxing Commission) would not allow a fight between two Teiken fighters due to their own domestic rules and the WBC shouldn't be misleading fans like this.
Another issues with the details about Yaegashi is his "World title fights" he's not been in 6 world title bouts and he's not 5-1 in them. He's actually been in 7 and is 5-2. If the WBC only count WBC title fights then he would have featured in only 6 world title contests though he'd be 4-2 in those bouts with the WBC ignoring either the loss to Den Junlaphan in 2007 or the loss to Kazuto Ioka in 2012. And h has also fought 177 rounds, not 185
Likewise the "World title fight" portion of Gonzalez's stats are also wrong. The Nicaraguan isn't 10-0 (10) in world title bouts, instead he is 10-0 (6) having gone the distance against Francisco Rosas, Katsunari Takayama, Manuel Vargas and Juan Francisco Estrada. He is also 0-0 in WBC world title fights with this bout being his first for a WBC belt.
Just like with Yaegashi and Inoue we've also spotted that the career rounds of Gonzalez is incorrect with the WBC stating 163 rounds as opposed to 164.
The document can be seen below for those wanting to see the mistakes themselves.
Amazingly from the 4 men involved in world title fights the only they have the correct details for is Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5), the most obscure of the 4 men. Samartlek will be fighting in his first world title bout as he challenges Inoue in what appears to be an incredible tough assignment for the Thai.
Worryingly both documents claim the show is a Teiken promoted card presented by Mr Honda. Again this will actually be an Ohashi show, presented by Mr Ohashi. Teiken are involved with some fighters on the show, such as Gonzalez and Ryota Murata (4-0, 4) but the show is not promoted by the promotional powerhouse.
We'll admit we've not been through the documents with a fine tooth comb though with the glaring errors that we have spotted we'd not be shocked to see many others through the documents.
(Both documents courtesy of the WBC)
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