April 8 was all lined up for a three-belt unification fight in Toyko, Japan, between WBC/WBA light flyweight champion Kenshiro “The Amazing Boy” Teraji (20-1) and WBO champ Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (27-3-1). Unfortunately, Gonzalez caught pneumonia and was forced to pull out of the fight. Since Teraji wanted to keep the date, he will now face 24-year-old Anthony Olascuaga (5-0) from Los Angeles, CA. The five-fight card will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT.
Although the opponent has changed, before the cancellation, Teraji spoke exclusively to Big Fight Weekend and mentioned he was holding his whole training camp there in Japan and didn’t feel the need to make any drastic changes to his preparation. Teraji told Big Fight Weekend that the goal remains the same: “I really want to collect all four of the major belts to prove myself as the best in the division.”
Here is the rest of the press release sent out by Top Rank earlier today.
In other scheduled action on the ESPN+ stream:
- Takuma Inoue (17-1, 4 KOs) vs. Liborio Solis (35-6-1, 16 KOs), 12 rounds, vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title—The younger brother of pound-for-pound phenom Naoya Inoue has won four straight fights since challenging Nordine Oubaali for the WBC crown. Solis, a former junior bantamweight world champion, will be making his fifth attempt at a bantamweight world title.
- Kiko Martinez (44-11-2, 31 KOs) vs. Reiya Abe (24-3-1, 10 KOs), 12 rounds, IBF Featherweight World Title Eliminator —Spanish warrior Martinez is a two-weight world champion who hopes to regain the IBF featherweight crown currently held by Top Rank’s Luis Alberto Lopez. He is coming off a stunning fourth-round stoppage over European champion Jordan Gill. Abe has won five straight fights and has never been knocked out in the paid ranks.
- Jin Sasaki (14-1-1, 13 KOs) vs. Keita Obara (26-4-1, 23 KOs), 12 rounds, Sasaki’s WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight Title.