By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Ryota Murata (16-2): WBA (Regular) World champion
The Olympic champion got his revenge on Rob Brant (25-2) last summer, reclaiming his WBA crown. Murata then knocked out Steven Butler (28-2) in his inaugural title defense on New Year’s Eve. A match with Canelo or Golovkin could be realised in 2020.
-Takeshi Inoue (15-1): WBO #10 / IBF #14 / WBC #20
Inoue made short work of Thai veteran Komsan Polsan (39-12) to become the WBO Asia Pacific champion for the second time. He is scheduled to face Cheng Su (14-2) on January 18th.
-Keita Obara (22-4): IBF #4
Obara will challenge Yuki Nagano (17-2) on February 1st for the Japanese title.
-Yuki Beppu (21-1): WBO #14
In what was an absolute thriller, Yuki Beppu came back from 5 knockdowns and stopped Ryota Yada (19-6), capturing the WBO Asia Pacific title in the process.
-Koki Inoue (15-0): WBO #15
Ending 2019 with a spectacular KO over Jheritz Chavez (9-4), Koki Inoue is now the unified Japanese & WBO Asia Pacific champion.
-Andy Hiraoka (15-0): IBF #14
The Japanese youngster earned the biggest win of his career, this past July, over former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo (32-9). He also made a successful US debut against Rogelio Casarez (13-9) on November 30th.
-Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0): WBO #13 / WBC #23
Yoshino knocked out Harmonito Dela Torre (20-3) in just one round to become the unified Japanese, OBPF & WBO Asia Pacific champion. He will meet Izuki Tomioka (7-2) on February 13th.
-Masayuki Ito (26-2): WBO #6 / WBC #13
The former World titlist will be involved in a WBO final eliminator, on February 2nd, as he takes on the undefeated Global champion Yongqiang Yang (13-0) in China.
-Kenichi Ogawa (24-1): IBF #3 / WBA #4 / WBO #8 / WBC #23
Ogawa challenged Joe Noynay (18-2) for the WBO Asia Pacific championship, on December 7th, but the match ended in a technical draw.
-Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4): IBF #12
Nishitani beat Filipino veteran Monico Laurente (30-16) a few weeks ago.
-Musashi Mori (11-0): WBO #6 / WBC #23
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title twice in 2019, against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) as well as Takuya Mizuno (17-2).
-Hiroshige Osawa (36-5): WBA #1 / IBF #12 / WBC #18
The former world title challenger defeated Jason Butar Butar (30-27) back in October.
-Ryo Sagawa (9-1): WBC #11 / WBO #15
Sagawa defended the Japanese title for the first time, on December 12th, against Ryo Hino (13-2).
-Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3): interim IBF World champion
In a clash of former World champions, Iwasa stopped Marlon Tapales (33-3), on December 7th, for the interim IBF title, in New York.
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2): IBF #7
Teshigawara has defended his OPBF championship 3 times in 2019, against Yuki Iriguchi (10-3), Shohei Kawashima (18-4) and former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-3). All knockout victories.
-Yukinori Oguni (21-2): WBA #3
The former IBF champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-11) 8 months ago.
-Tomoki Kameda (36-3): WBC #4
The former WBO Bantamweight & interim WBC Super Bantamweight champion is looking to move to Featherweight in 2020.
-Naoya Inoue (19-0): WBA (Super) & IBF World champion
The Monster is most likely to be involved in another unification match on April 25th, either with the WBO champion John Riel Casimero (29-4) or the WBC title holder Nordine Oubaali (17-0).
-Daigo Higa (15-1): WBC #7
The former WBC Flyweight World champion will make his Bantamweight debut on February 13th against Jason Buenaobra (7-4).
-Keita Kurihara (15-5): IBF #5
Kurihara scored 2 knockout wins in 2019 over former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (26-10) and the IBF Pan Pacific champion Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-11).
-Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8): IBF #12 / WBO #14 / WBC #23
Kobayashi defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against Ki Chang Go (8-4) on December 22nd.
-Takuma Inoue (13-1): WBC #6
The former interim WBC champion came up short in the unification battle with Nordine Oubaali (17-0).
-Kazuto Ioka (24-2): WBO World champion.
Japan’s first ever 4 division World champion broke the undefeated streak of Jeyvier Cintron (11-1) to successfully retain his WBO title on New Year’s Eve. Ioka is already aiming at a bigger opponent next, specifically at the WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3).
-Kosei Tanaka (15-0): WBO World champion
Tanaka obliterated Wulan Tuolehazi (13-4), this past week, in just 3 rounds. The 3 division World champion has expressed his wish to move up to Super Flyweight and challenge Kazuto Ioka.
-Yusuke Sakashita (19-8): WBO #12 / WBC #31
Sakashita stopped former world title contender Masahiro Sakamoto (13-3) to become the new WBO Asia Pacific champion. He then knocked out Naoki Mochizuki (16-5), in a revenge match from 2016.
-Ryota Yamauchi (5-1): WBA #3
Yamauchi beat the WBA Asia champion Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3) this past August.
-Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0): WBA (Super) World champion.
Kyoguchi has defended the WBA strap twice this year, against Muay Thai champion Tanawat Nakoon (11-1) as well as 15 year veteran Tetsuya Hisada (34-10).
-Kenshiro Teraji (17-0): WBC World champion.
The unstoppable Kenshiro marked his 7th title defense, on December 23rd, over former interim WBA champion Randy Petalcorin (31-4).
-Sho Kimura (18-3): WBO #7 / WBA #10
Former World champions collide as Sho Kimura squares off with Merlito Sabillo (27-7) in the Philippines, on February 15th.
-Daiki Tomita (14-1): WBO #13
Tomita earned the vacant WBO Asia Pacific championship after defeating Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8).
-Yuto Takahashi (11-4): WBC #4 / IBF #6
Takahashi defeated the veteran Kenichi Horikawa (40-16) to become the new Japanese champion. He will put his title on the line against Masamichi Yabuki (10-3) on March 15th.
-Reiya Konishi (17-2): IBF #8 / WBC #16
Konishi failed to capture the IBF title from Felix Alvarado (35-2).
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-10): WBC #3 / IBF #4
Hisada’s impressive 13 fight winning streak came to an end, when he challenged Hiroto Kyoguchi for the WBA (Super) title.
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-16): WBC #6 / IBF #13
Horikawa lost the Japanese title to Yuto Takahashi (11-4) on October 10th.
-Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0): WBA #9 / WBO #15 / WBC #25
Shigeoka knocked out former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-15) on December 31st to retain his WBO Asia Pacific championship.
-Norihito Tanaka (19-7): WBC #3 / IBF #3 / WBO #5 / WBA #13
Tanaka defended the Japanese title this past June against Naoya Haruguchi (16-11).
-Masataka Taniguchi (12-3): WBO #4 / WBC #10
Taniguchi defeated Kai Ishizawa (6-1) in September.
-Takumi Sakae (22-3): WBO #11 / IBF #13 / WBC #39
Sakae has fought thrice this year and has knocked out all of his opponents.
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #8 / IBF #14
The former OPBF champion is scheduled to return on January 28th.
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