That bout has now been cancelled with Inoue vacating the Japanese title to focus on getting a world title fight.
Despite giving up the Japanese title Inoue is still the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion and he'll be defending those titles on April 26th, though will be doing so against veteran Yuki Nonaka (31-9-3, 10) [野中 悠樹].
The bout is a de facto IBF world title eliminator, with Inoue being ranked #10 by the IBF and Nonaka being ranked #12 and the winner will take a huge step towards getting a shot at a world title. Though it is a long way from being a final eliminator, and it won't assure the winner of a world title fight.
Over the next week or two we're expecting to hear who Shindo will be facing for the now vacant title, with Ryosuke Maruki (15-4-1, 10) [丸木 凌介] looking like the most likely given his #2 JBC ranking.
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