Earlier today saw multiple reports from Japan suggesting that Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] will have his WBO "interim" Minimumweight title being upgraded in the near future, following the recent retirement of Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成], who held the full title until his recent retirement.
At the moment it seems like the decision hasn't been officially announced, but sources close to the Honda Fitness Gym have stated that the WBO have let them know that Fukuhara will be upgraded in the near future, possibly in their next set of world rankings.
If Fukuhara is indeed upgraded he will be expected to make his first defense of the full title in the near future, with some suggesting it could well be in the summer that we see Fukuhara return to the ring.
Although Fukuhara's possible opponent hasn't been named yet it's possible that the champion may make his first defense in an all Japanese bout against former OPBF champion Ryuya Yamanaka (14-2, 4) [山中 竜也], who is currently the #1 ranked contender, or alternatively former title challenger Vic Saludar (14-2, 9), who is ranked #2 at the time of writing.
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