Now it seems that that vacancy will be fill in the near future with a notable Japanese site already reporting that a bout is set to be announced for the Oriental title.
At the moment the full details for the contest haven't been confirmed but what we do know is that it will feature former world title challenger Hidenori Otake (27-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] battling for the vacant title on March 17th at the Korakuen Hall.
At the moment Otake's opponent hasn't been named for the bout but Otake was ranked #3 in the latest rankings, only behind #2 ranked Kinshiro Usui, who fights on March 10th against Hisashi Amagasa, and #1 ranked Jhon Gemino, who will himself be in action on Febrruary 25th in the US against the unbeaten Jorge Lara. Given that those two men in front of him are booked up it's likely to be someone lower down the rankings, though of course given the late notice it may not be a fellow top contender.
The show, to be promoted by Kaneko gym, has two other bouts of note on it. One of those will see Japanese ranked Welterweights Shusaku Fujinaka (15-6-2, 10) [藤中 周作] battle Moon Hyun Yun (17-4-3, 4) [尹 文鉉] whilst the other will see the other will see ranked Middleweights Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (6-2, 5) [細川 チャーリー 忍] and Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] face off, with both of thee bouts being eliminators on the Japanese domestic scene.
Although Otake's opponent hasn't yet been named we are expecting to hear news on his foe announced very soon.