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Friday. August 20. 2021

OPBF super lightweight champ Naito’s title defense cancelled due to positive COVID-19 test result

Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super lightweight champion Rikki Naito of E&J Cassius Boxing Gym will cancel his planned title defense against 11th-ranked Koichi Aso of Misako Boxing Gym on Sept. 18 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall because Naito has just recently tested positive for COVID-19, organizers said on Aug. 20.

While there are no significant symptoms, the 30-year-old Naito is resting at a hotel at the request of a public healthcare center. The 12-round fight will be rescheduled after Naito’s recovery, according to the organizers.

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