By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
It might be a nightmare that we had such a worst week when Daigo Higa forfeited his WBC flyweight belt on the scale and had his perfect mark of 15-0, 15 KOs blemished by Cristofer Rosales via TKO defeat in an overweight bout last Sunday, and IBF 130-pound champ Kenichi Ogawa was stripped of his belt last Thursday because he had tested positive for synthetic testosterone with his victory over Tevin Farmer on points last December reversed to a no contest.
Higa’s overweight scandal and Ogawa’s forfeiture of the world championship due to a doping test failure were each the very first in Japanese boxing history. We deeply sympathize with their hard luck, but the regulations should be duly severe to the offenders as the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) had indefinitely suspended the overweight ex-champ Luis Nery in Japan. Continue reading “Worst Week in Japanese Boxing History”