Taison Naito replaces Duane van Helvoirt, faces Yutaka Saito at Shooto 0329
Duane van Helvoirt will not be competing at Shooto 0329. The Dutchman is unable to travel to Tokyo for the event which will now be taking place behind closed doors.
Shooto informed fans yesterday that they would be unable to attend the event due to concerns over the coronavirus, or Covid-19:
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However the fight card at Korakuen Hall is still going ahead even if there won’t be an audience. Taison Naito steps up to replace van Helvoirt and will now be challenging Yutaka Saito for the featherweight title in the main event.
Naito had originally been scheduled to face Shohei Nose. Replacing him in that featherweight bout will be Takahide Kobayashi who has stepped up at around a weeks notice to take the fight.