Back in July we saw the announcement of the Japanese Challenger Determination bouts. At Lightweight the bout announced was a contest between the fast rising Shuichiro Yoshino (5-0, 3) [吉野修一郎] and veteran Spicy Matsushita (17-9-1, 2) [スパイシー松下], with the bout to take place on October 21st. Today however we learned that that would no longer be a Japanese title eliminator but instead it would be a bout for the full title.
The bout was confirmed as a title bout after the news that Kazuhiro Nishitani (17-4-1, 9) [西谷 和宏] had officially vacated the title, and the winner of Yoshino Vs Matsushita will end 2017 as the Japanese Lightweight champion.
It's worth noting that Yoshino was in action today, and ticked over with a 2nd round stoppage of a horribly over-matched Thai foe in what really was a stay busy bout for the talented Misako gym prospect, ahead of the bout with Matsushita.
Nishitani vacates Japanese crown, looks to get world title shot!
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