Earlier today the JBC ordered a bout to crown a new Japanese Super Flyweight champion, following the recent vacating of the title by the unbeaten Sho Ishida (21-0, 10) [石田 匠].
The bout to crown a new champion hasn't yet got a date or a venue but it will see #1 ranked contender Kenta Nakagawa (12-2-1, 9) [中川 健太] face off against Hayato Kimura (25-8, 16) [木村 隼人所属].
For Nakagawa the bout will be his first title bout and will see him attempting to extend an 11 fight unbeaten run, included a technical draw against Toyot Shiraishi and a win over Jo Tanooka. Although ranked #1 by the JBC this is a bit of a step up in class and his ranking has been helped by the number of Japanese fighters who have been excluded form the domestic rankings, due to signalling their intent to go for world titles and being listed as "Pending fighters".
For Kimura this is a second shot at the Japanese title, following a loss to Sho Ishida last year. Although he lost that bout Kimura has previously held the South Korea Super Flyweight title and the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title. Since the loss to Ishida he has scored two victories, including a solid win over Toyoto Shiraishi in February.
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