Following an announcement earlier this morning, that K-1 Women's Flyweight champion KANA will be defending her belt against Amy Pirnie on July 17, the Scottish fighter has come out and denied having signed any fight agreement. According to the 30-year-old, K-1 and her team were still in the negotiation phase, with nothing concrete being decided yet. Due to the promotion's misconduct, and how the situation unfolded, she will not be going ahead with the fight.
"As you may have seen there has been an announcement made today that I will be fighting Kana in Japan on July 17th. Unfortunately, this fight was still in negotiations when it was prematurely announced as a confirmed match, myself and my coach hadn’t yet agreed to terms or signed a contract. There is also an article been written in which I was supposedly interviewed for which is completely fake and fabricated. I haven’t taken any part in interviews etc. as we hadn’t agreed on the terms of the contract prior to the false announcement. Due to the way this situation has unfolded and the way we have been treated, now with the public-fed misinformation we will NOT be going ahead with this match. I sincerely apologize to Kana for this and I hope she gets a good replacement to defend her belt and wish her the best for the future."
A bizarre situation, especially since K-1 has released quotes of Pirnie to the Japanese media, where she seemingly talked about looking forward to the fight.
The quote in question, "I'm happy to fight for the title in K-1. I think KANA is a top fighter, but I've fought and won at the top level. I'll bring my fifth belt back to Scotland."
As K-1 Producer, Takumi Nakamura mentioned, this also wasn't the first time, that the promotion got in contact with Pirnie, which makes this premature fight announcement even more peculiar.
K-1 has yet to make a statement about the situation.