Dream Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara announced the news Thursday
during a press conference in Tokyo, noting that Sakurai (Pictured,
file photo) sustained the injury in training earlier this week.
Zaromskis, who would not have risked his Dream welterweight belt in
the non-title affair, will remain on the card in a catchweight
contest against Japanese veteran Eiji
Ishikawa. The contracted weight of the new bout was not
Ishikawa, 31, has spent the bulk of his 11-year career on the
Japanese circuit competing in the Pancrase and Deep organizations.
Grabaka fighter has won seven of his last nine starts,
defeating the likes of Simeon
Thoresen and A Sol Kwon
while falling to Thiago
Goncalves and Shigetoshi
Iwase. In 40 professional bouts, Ishikawa has gone the distance
Since his July 2009 knockout of Sakurai and same-night crushing of
High, 30-year-old Zaromskis’ career has hit a rough patch. The
Lithuanian “Whitemare” has won just once in his last five outings,
including stoppage losses to Nick Diaz and
Santos in the Strikeforce cage. Zaromskis, who has seen the
judges’ scorecards only twice in 21 fights, was most recently
outpointed by Canadian prospect Jordan Mein in
their June 10 bout.