Whilst recieving the honour today Yoshino announced that his second defense will take place on June 14th. That bout, also at the Korakuen Hall, will see Yoshino take on 25 year old challenger Genki Maeda (6-2-1, 2) [前田絃希]. The champion stated he was wanting to be June's MVP as well and would look to impress.
Interestingly Yoshino may have stiff competition for that MVP award on the same show, as the always impressive Hiroaki Teshigawara (16-2-2, 9) [勅使河原 弘晶] looks to make his second defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. The exciting Teshigawara, who was in a barn burner in against Jason Canoy on the same card as Yoshino's win over Saito, will be risking his title against former 2-time IBF Super Flyweight title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (26-2-1, 9) [位帝里 木下].
For Teshigawara a win over Kinoshita will likely put him into the fringes of the world rankings whilst Kinoshita will look at the bout as a chance to remain relevant and boost his chances of getting a third world title fight.
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