Earlier today it was revealed that Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] had vacated the Japanese Light Flyweight, with his intention being on getting a world title fight in early 2019.
Hisada had held the title since April 2017, when he defeated Kenichi Horikawa for the belt in their third meeting. Since winning the title he has racked up 5 successful defenses, whilst extending his current unbeaten run to 12 bouts dating back well over 3 years.
The 34 year old from Osaka Prefecture has been linked strongly to a world title fight for some time and it seems likely that in 2019 he will either face WBA "regular" champion Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17), who is reportedly in talks to fight in Japan in the Spring for what will be his third fight in the country, or WBC champion Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗], who defends his title on December 30th.
Despite being unknown in the West Hisada is one of the very, very few fighters to be ranked by all 4 world title bodies, in fact he is ranked in the top 3 by all 4 world title bouts, and could well attempt to lure IBF champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30) over to Japan if that's the option he wants to go with.
Due to the Japanese title becoming vacant we're unsure who Kenichi Horikawa (38-15-1, 12) [堀川 謙一] will be fighting to fill the vacancy. Horikawa earned his shot at the belt in October, and will fight for the title in the Champion Carnival. The #2 ranked fighter is Satoru Todaka (9-2-4, 3) [戸髙達], though he is currently pencilled in for a fight on January 19th, and it's unclear if he will be the man Horikawa fights for the belt.
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