Sueyoshi won the title last year, when he defeated Ribo Takahata [高畑里望] for the then vacant title. The belt had only been vacated in the weeks prior when Sueyoshi's Teiken stablemate Kenichi Ogawa [尾川 堅一] gave up the belt to prepare fora world title fight against Tevin Farmer. Incidentally Ogawa had originally been lined up to face Tojo, who missed out due to Ogawa's decision. Takahata would subsequently score a stay busy win over a Thai foe whilst Sueyoshi would win the title, who he defended earlier this year against Ken Osato [大里拳] in the Champion Carnival.
The bout will headline a Dynamic Glove show, which we expect will be aired on G+ live and will feature a number of other Teiken fighters, a number of whom are looking likely to work their way towards the title mix later in the year.