As a result of vacating the title Ito has been replaced at the top of the Oriental tree by Filipino Carlo Magali (22-9-3, 11), who has been upgraded from "interim" champion, which he became in July thanks to a win over Sandeep Balhara.
At the moment it's unclear what's next for Ito, but he does have top 15 rankings with the the WBO (#3),WBC (#11) and IBF (#13) and could well find himself in line for either a title shot, or a world title eliminator.
For Magali his first defense of the title will next, though it's unclear who he wll be up against and when. It should however be noted that his #1 contender is fellow Filipino Romero Duno (15-1, 13), and that would be an attractive bout on paper, whilst Japan's Takuya Mizuno (12-1-1, 11) [水野拓哉] may also see a possible fight with Magali as a mouth watering encounter.
On the subject of OPBF title fights, our good friend Ian Bautista Melodillar has informed us that Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) is in talks to defend his OPBF Bantamweight title on December 3rd against Japan's Seizo Kono (19-8-1, 12) [高野誠三] in a really good looking match.
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