By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1): WBA #11
The former K-1 star and reigning WBO Asia Pacific champion has vacated his Japanese & OPBF titles recently. Kyotaro is looking to secure a world title match in the near future.
-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
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 #15
Konno earned a huge win on March 30th when he stopped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-3) in China to become the new WBA Asia champion.
-Masayoshi Nakatani (18-1): IBF #7 / WBC #7 / WBO #14
Nakatani came up short against Teofimo Lopez (14-0), ending his undefeated streak.
-Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1): WBO #3
Sueyoshi will meet Kosuke Saka (18-5), on September 2nd, for the 5th defense of his Japanese title. [Ed's note - This bout has been postponed due to Sueyoshi suffering an injury]
-Kenichi Ogawa (24-1): IBF #3 / WBA #4 / WBO #11
The uncrowned IBF king returned to the ring earlier this year and has already amassed 2 victories. His next match has been scheduled for September 7th. (Opponent TBA) [Ed's note - This scheduled bout also appears to have been cancelled, though the reason is unclear]
-Musashi Mori (9-0): WBO #9
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) this past April.
-Hiroshige Osawa (35-5): WBA #1 / IBF #14
Osawa fought and beat Indonesian journeyman Ahmad Lahizab (4-8) on April 7th.
-Reiya Abe (19-2): IBF #6 / WBC #10
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 title eliminator against Cesar Juarez (24-7) in February.
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2): IBF #8
Teshigawara will mark his second defense of the OPBF championship against former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-2) on August 8th.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #4 / WBA #10
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 (22-10) on May 8.
-Yusaku Kuga (18-3): WBC #10
Kuga became once again the Japanese champion after earning a unanimous decision over Ryoichi Tamura (12-4) on May 18th.
-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 is expected to unify with Nordine Oubaali (16-0) before the year is over.
-Ryo Akaho (34-2): WBO #2
Akaho has been undefeated since 2016, amassing 8 wins. It’s worth noting that the former Japanese & OPBF champion is currently fighting at Featherweight. We aren’t 100% sure if this is a mistake by the WBO or he is intending to go down again at Bantamweight. He is scheduled to compete on October 5th.
-Keita Kurihara (14-5): IBF #9 / WBC #12
Kurihara defended his OPBF crown in May, after knocking out former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (21-10).
-Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8): IBF #12
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 win the vacant WBO strap and to become the 1st ever Japanese 4 division World champion.
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): WBO #9 / WBA #12 / WBC #14
The 3 division World champion has been undefeated as a Super Flyweight, with 3 consecutive TKO victories under his belt. His next fight will probably be this coming November.
-Sho Ishida (28-1): WBO #1 / IBF #5 / WBA #5 / WBC #10
Ishida has been 4-0 since losing to Khalid Yafai (26-0) in 2017.
-Koki Eto (24-5): WBO #2 / WBA #3 / WBC #7 / IBF #7
Eto lost to Jeyvier Cintron (11-0) on August 2nd, in a WBO #1 contenders’ match.
-Kosei Tanaka (13-0): WBO World champion
Tanaka defends against Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2) 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 former IBF Light Flyweight World champion Milan Melindo (37-4).
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #10 / WBC #13
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.
-Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0): WBA World champion.
Kyoguchi successfully defended the WBA title for the 1st time, this June, against Muay Thai champion Tanawat Nakoon (11-1). Tetsuya Hisada will be next.
-Ken Shiro (16-0): WBC World champion.
The unstoppable Ken Shiro made short work of Jonathan Taconing (28-4) on July 12th, to mark his 6th title defense.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-9): WBA #1 / WBO #3 / WBC #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 #5 / IBF #5
Horikawa won the Japanese title earlier this year, for the second time in his career. He made his inaugural defense in May and will mark his second one, on August 8th, against Ryuto Oho (12-5).
-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 on June 13 against Naoya Haruguchi (15-11).
-Masataka Taniguchi (11-3): WBO #7
Taniguchi will face rising star Kai Ishizawa (6-0) on September 21st.
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #10 / IBF #14
Koura surprisingly lost his OPBF title to Lito Dante (16-10) a few months ago.
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