Dream event producer Keiichi Sasahara on Thursday announced that Hayato “Mach” Sakurai has had to withdraw from his proposed non-title bout with Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis. The two were expected to meet at Sunday’s Dream 17 “Fight for Japan: 2011 Japan Bantamweight Tournament Final.”
Sasahara stated at a press conference that Sakurai suffered a leg injury.
Zaromskis, however, will remain on the Dream 17 fight card. Stepping in to face him is Eiji Ishikawa. They will reportedly meet in a catch weight bout, although the specific weight was not specified.
Zaromskis (14-6) has had a rough go of it lately with a 1-3-1 record over his past five bouts. The three losses and one no contest were all outside of the FEG family, including losing a Strikeforce title bid against then-champion Nick Diaz. He defeated Kazushi Sakuraba at FEG’s Dynamite!! 2010 New Year’s Eve event.
Like Zaromskis, Ishikawa (22-16-2) has been fighting for more than a decade. He has faired much better than Zaromskis recently, winning seven of his last nine bouts, fighting primarily for DEEP and Pancrase.
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