Otaka currently holds world rankings with 2 title bodies. He is ranked #11 by the WBO and #3 with IBF. What this means is that the champions he could be targeting are the WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) or IBF champion Carl Frampton (19-0, 13). At the moment it's hard to figure out which of the two he will be aiming for, though with his elevated IBF ranking it would make sense for him to aim for Frampton and try to use his ranking to help him get the fight. Saying that however Rigondeaux is known to need a dance partner after Chris Avalos pulled out of a mandatory title challenge with him.
Although Otake would be viewed as a serious under-dog against any of the champions it's still great to see that he is intending to test himself against some of the best fighters in the division. Whether that opportunity comes later this year or early next year has yet to be announced however we suspect that with Otake giving up his belt today then the fight will be later this year.
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