Earlier today saw Japanese sources inform us that Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (14-0, 10) [岡田 博喜] has vacated his title and will now be focussing on winning either the WBO Asia Pacific of OPBF title as he looked to progress towards a world title bout in the coming years.
The last time we saw Okada defend the Japanese 140lb title was with a controversial win over the gutsy Valentine Hosokawa (20-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], who appeared to out work Okada before being beaten by a hotly dispute unanimous decision. That win saw Okada score his 6th defence of his title.
Although Okada didn't look great last time out he has impressed in the past and there is some thinking that he simply over-looked Hosokawa and didn't take the Japanese challengers seriously recently, with his focus being on bigger and better things.
Although his next outing hasn't been confirmed we are expecting to see him return in the first quarter of 2017 and he may be very interested in the upcoming OPBF title fight between Al Rivera and Adones Cabalquinto, who have their rematch later today.
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