Hidenori Otake vacates Japanese title, turns attention to a world title fight! Carl Frampton a possibility!
Earlier today it was announced that Japanese fighter Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9) has vacated the Japanese Super Bantamweight title and turned his attention towards a world title.
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.
Prior to his decision to vacate Otake had held the Japanese title since August 2012, when he defeated Takafumi Nakajima. He defended the belt 4 times and was supposed to make a 5th defense earlier this year, against Daisuke Furuhashi (16-5, 6), though a rib injury forced him out of that bout. Sadly for Furuhashi he will miss out with with the vacancy to be filled with a bout between Yukinori Oguni (13-1, 4) and Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-7, 7).
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.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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