Earlier today it was announced that former unified Japanese and OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (29-5-1, 9) has vacated his Japanese title to focus on getting himself a world title fight. The shaven head tough guy from Tokyo had defended the Japanese title 7 times prior to vacating the belt that he had won in October 2011. Among those he had defended the belt against were Akihiro Kondo, Shoji Kawase and Motoki Sasaki whilst he had also recorded a very good non-title win over Nihito Arakawa last December.
Although we're unsure which champion Kato is targeting it does need to be remembered that Hidenori Otake did something similar just weeks before he get an unexpected world title fight with Scott Quigg last year, it could be that Kato is getting an equally unexpected shot at a belt.
From what we understand the vacant will be on the line for a bout between Kota Tokunaga (14-2, 9) and Yuya Sugizaki (20-9-1, 6) though no date has yet been set for that bout.
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