Earlier this week fans in Kyoto saw Japanese Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (15-0, 10) and Japanese Lightweight champion Kota Tokunaga (16-2, 11) both record the first defenses of their titles, with stoppage wins. Not it seems that work has already begun in organising their second defenses.
A blog entry on the promotional blog of the Woz boxing chairman suggests that both of his men are being eyed to return to action on December 16th at the at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto City, the same venue as this past weeks fights.
At the moment there is no set opponents, or even rumoured opponents, but it's great to see Woz is keeping their stars active and hopefully we'll see that level of activity continue in 2016, with a possible move up in level.
Whilst some may feel disappointed in the fact that Omori is remaining at Japanese level for now, it does seem clear that his team are hoping for him to move to world level next year and fitting in a December could be the perfect warm up.
Notably both champions could see mandatory challengers set for their title in November. For Omori a long reign to the summer of next year would see him defending against either Hideo Sakamoto or Kentaro Masuda, with Masuda being the man he beat for the title earlier this year, whilst Tokunaga would be mandated to face either Nihito Arakawa or Yuya Sugizaki, who he beat for the title, also earlier this year. It could be that if either Masuda or Sugizaki become the mandatory the fighters will vacate before their mandatory is due, whilst an Omori Vs Sakamoto or a Tokunaga Vs Arakawa fight would both be very interesting match ups.
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