Daiki, now training in Miami alongside his brother Tomoki, has said that he was struggling with the weight, as we reported, and would be focussing on campaigning at Bantamweight whilst also developing his fighting from scratch. He seemed to suggest that he was weak and beaten because of that, though whether that was something to do with making a weight division that he was uncomfortable at is unclear.
The IBF, upon Daiki's announcement, have ordered the #1 contender Zolani Tete (18-3, 16) of South Africa to fight #3 ranked Japanese fighter Teiru Kinoshita (19-0-1, 3) for the vacant belt.
Tete has been waiting for his world title fight following a stoppage victory over Mexico's Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr back in November in what was a title eliminator. For Kinoshita however this opportunity will have came as pleasant surprise. His ranking was high though he really was just the Japanese champion as opposed to a fighter having made his name internationally.
Although no date has been set for the Kinoshita/Tete bout we're expecting it to be in summer.
If an agreement cannot be reached between Kinoshita and Tete we would then expect IBF #4 ranked fighter Arthur Villanueva (25-0, 14) to get a title fight, meaning whatever happens an Asian fighter will have a chance to win the now vacant title.