Kenshiro Teraji’s Positive Covid-19 Test Delays Yabuki Bout
WBC light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji has contracted coronavirus. His upcoming title defense against Masamichi Yabuki has been put off indefinitely.
This was the tenth time Teraji was gearing up to defend his flyweight crown. The Yabuki-Teraji bout was scheduled for September 10 in Japan. A new date and ticket status for fans have yet to be proposed.
According to BMB Boxing Gym, the champ is likely to have contracted the virus from his trainer. He has a high fever.
No. 5 ranked Yabuki (12-3, 11 KO) was last seen in action on the last Boxing Day. He got his first decision win over Toshimasa Ouchi.
As for Teraji, the 29-year-old boxer last fought this April when he defeated Tetsuya Hisada via decision at Edion Arena Osaka. This was his first title fight since December 2019 when his license was suspended for three months for trespassing at an apartment complex while drunk.
He had also damaged a car in July. The Japan Boxing Commission then imposed a ¥3 million fine ($28,000) on the champ and ordered him to perform between 48 and 200 hours of community service.
Later, Teraji reached a settlement with the person whose car he had damaged but was forced to cancel his fight.