Today, the Tokyo District Court sentenced Kazuo Misaki to one year behind bars, with the good news being that he doesn’t have to serve his sentence for another three years. The middleweight fighter was arrested earlier this year after a routine traffic stop resulted in Misaki fleeing the scene and injuring an officer.
Misaki was originally pulled over on March 19th because he was yapping on his cell phone while behind the wheel, which is a no-no in Tokyo.
After initially agreeing to pull to the side, Misaki went coo-coo for CoCo Puffs and abruptly tried to make a run for it. The Japanese fighter ended up injuring the officer when his driver’s side mirror struck the cop’s wrist.
Two months later, Tokyo police finally apprehended Misaki and arrested him on the spot. He was indicted in May and posted bail on June 4th.
Misaki pleaded guilty today to interfering with the duties of a public official. He immediately released a statement claiming his remorse for the entire situation.
“To the many people I have caused trouble for, I would like to deeply apologize,” stated a somber Misaki. “I will reflect upon this occasion. I truly am very sorry.”
He is slated to face Kazuhiro Nakamura at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku: Ninth Battle” on August 2nd, however WVR officials will meet to decide if that scrap will continue as planned.
Misaki owns a 21-9-2 pro mark, however dropped his most recent bout to Jorge Santiago, currently holding down the 7th spot on 5thRound.com’s World Rankings.
Santiago subbed Misaki with a rear-naked choke in the 5thRound of their World Victory Road “no Ran 2009” battle to become the promotion’s first-ever middleweight champ.
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