By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1): WBA #11
The former K-1 star and the reigning WBO Asia Pacific champion will rematch Suthat Kalalek (13-10) on October 21st.
-Ryota Murata (15-2): WBA (Regular) World champion
The 2012 Olympic champion got his revenge on Rob Brant (25-2) in Osaka, reclaiming his WBA title.
-Takeshi Inoue (14-1): WBO #11 / IBF #15
Inoue made short work of Thai veteran Komsan Polsan (38-11) on August 3rd, to become the WBO Asia Pacific champion for the second time.
-Keita Obara (21-4): IBF #8
After losing to Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (16-0) earlier this year, Obara beat Indonesian journeyman Yosmar Kefi (9-12) in June.
-Yusuke Konno (15-4): WBA #14
Konno stopped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-3) in China to become the new WBA Asia champion.
-Andy Hiraoka (14-0): IBF #14
The Japanese youngster earned the biggest win of his career, this past July, against former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo (31-9).
-Masayoshi Nakatani (18-1): IBF #7 / WBC #12
Nakatani came up short against Teofimo Lopez (14-0), ending his undefeated streak.
-Kenichi Ogawa (24-1): IBF #3 / WBO #11
The uncrowned IBF king returned to the ring earlier this year and has already amassed 2 victories. Ogawa will challenge Joe Noynay (18-2) for the WBO Asia Pacific championship, on December 7th, at the legendary Korakuen Hall.
-Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1): WBO #4
Sueyoshi will meet Kosuke Saka (18-5), on November 2nd, for the 5th defense of his Japanese title.
-Kazuhiro Nishitani (20-4): IBF #12
Nishitani has been 5-0 since 2016, knocking out every single one of his opponents.
-Musashi Mori (9-0): WBO #9
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) this past April. He will take on Suntorn Panhom (5-4) on September 15th.
-Hiroshige Osawa (35-5): WBA #1 / IBF #14
The former world title challenger is scheduled to fight Indonesian champion Jason Butar Butar (30-26) on October 1st.
-Reiya Abe (19-2): IBF #6 / WBC #11
Abe will square off with Ryo Sagawa (7-1) for the vacant Japanese title, on September 13th.
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
Iwasa won an IBF eliminator against Cesar Juarez (24-7) in February. Since Daniel Roman (27-2) is out with an injury, an interim IBF title fight could be made with Iwasa and Marlon Tapales (33-2).
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2): IBF #8
Teshigawara defended his OPBF championship against former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-3) on August 8th.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #4
Wake has been on a 6 fight winning streak since losing to Jonathan Guzman (23-1) in 2016.
-Yukinori Oguni (21-2): WBA #3
The former IBF World champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10) in May.
-Yusaku Kuga (18-3): WBC #11
Kuga became once again the Japanese champion after earning a unanimous decision over Ryoichi Tamura (12-4) a few months back. He will mark his inaugural title defense on September 21st against Yosuke Fujihara (18-6).
-Tomoki Kameda (36-3): WBC #8
The former interim WBC champion came up short in his unification bout with Rey Vargas (34-0).
-Naoya Inoue (18-0): IBF World champion
Inoue is set to clash with the WBA Super & WBC Diamond champion Nonito Donaire (40-5) in the WBSS Bantamweight final, on November 7th.
-Takuma Inoue (13-0): WBC Interim World champion
Takuma will unify with Nordine Oubaali (16-0) on November 7th.
-Keita Kurihara (14-5): IBF #9 / WBC #12
Kurihara defended his OPBF crown in May, after knocking out former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (26-10).
-Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8): IBF #12 / WBO #15
Kobayashi won the WBO Asia Pacific title, this past May, from Ben Mananquil (17-2).
-Kazuto Ioka (24-2): WBO World champion.
Ioka defeated Aston Palicte (25-3) in June to capture the vacant WBO strap and to become the 1st ever Japanese 4 division World champion.
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): WBO #7 / WBA #11 / WBC #13
The 3 division World champion has been undefeated as a Super Flyweight, with 3 consecutive TKO victories under his belt. His goal is to meet Jerwin Ancajas (31-1) for the IBF title, probably in November.
-Sho Ishida (28-1): WBO #2 / WBA #3 / IBF #5 / WBC #9
Ishida has been 4-0 since losing to Khalid Yafai (26-0) in 2017.
-Koki Eto (24-5): WBO #11 / IBF #7
Eto lost to Jeyvier Cintron (11-0) on August 2nd in a WBO eliminator.
-Takayuki Okumoto (24-8): IBF #15
The Japanese champion made his 4th successful title defense on August 4th against Dynamic Kenji (11-4).
-Kosei Tanaka (14-0): WBO World champion
Tanaka defended against Jonathan Gonzalez (22-3) on August 24th.
-Junto Nakatani (19-0): WBC #3 / WBO #4 / WBA #7 / IBF #11
Nakatani’s biggest fight yet will take place on October 5th, when he tests himself against the former IBF Light Flyweight World champion Milan Melindo (37-4).
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #10 / WBC #14
Kuroda went to war with Moruti Mthalane (38-2) for the IBF World title, this past May, but couldn’t bring the belt back home.
-Yusuke Sakashita (18-8): WBO #15
Sakashita stopped former world title contender Masahiro Sakamoto (13-3) to become the new WBO Asia Pacific champion. He will mark his first defense against Naoki Mochizuki (16-4), in a revenge match from 2016, on October 21st.
-Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0): WBA (Super) World champion.
Kyoguchi successfully defended the WBA title this past June, against Muay Thai champion Tanawat Nakoon (11-1). His next opponent will be Tetsuya Hisada (34-9), whom he’ll face on October 1st in Japan.
-Ken Shiro (16-0): WBC World champion.
The unstoppable Ken Shiro made short work of Jonathan Taconing (28-4) in July, to mark his 6th title defense.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-9): WBA #1 / WBC #2 / WBO #3 / IBF #6
Hisada has been on an impressive 13 fight winning streak. His big opportunity finally has arrived as he challenges Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0) for the WBA (Super) title, on October 1st.
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-15): WBC #4 / IBF #5
Horikawa won the Japanese title earlier this year, for the second time in his career. He made his inaugural defense in May.
-Reiya Konishi (17-2): IBF #8
Konishi didn’t manage to capture the IBF title from Felix Alvarado (35-2).
-Sho Kimura (18-3): WBA #8
The former WBO Flyweight World champion lost a unanimous decision to Carlos Canizales (22-0) for the WBA (Regular) World title in China.
-Norihito Tanaka (19-7): IBF #5 / WBO #6 / WBA #12
Tanaka won the Japanese title, this past January, and defended it in June against Naoya Haruguchi (15-11).
-Masataka Taniguchi (11-3): WBO #7 / WBC #13
Taniguchi will face rising star Kai Ishizawa (6-0) on September 21st.
-Takumi Sakae (21-3): IBF #13
Sakae will fight for the 3rd time this year, on September 23rd, against Stevanus Nana Bau (9-11).
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #8 / IBF #14
Koura surprisingly lost his OPBF title to Lito Dante (16-10) a few months ago.
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