By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Ryota Murata (14-2): WBA #4
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist will get his chance at revenge on July 12 as he goes up against Rob Brant (25-1) in Osaka for the WBA (Regular) World championship.
-Takeshi Inoue (13-1): WBO #9
The former Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion unsuccessfully challenged Jaime Munguia (33-0) for the WBO World title this January. He is scheduled to return to the ring on August 3rd
-Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0): IBF #3 / WBC #7 / WBO #14
Longtime OPBF king Nakatani takes on Teofimo Lopez (13-0), on July 19, for a future shot at the IBF World title.
-Masaru Sueyoshi (19-1): WBO #3
Sueyoshi defended his Japanese championship for the 4th time, against Ken Osato (15-3), on May 4th.
-Kenichi Ogawa (23-1): IBF #4
The former Japanese champion returned to ring, after his one year suspension, and defeated Roldan Aldea (12-7) this past February. He will now meet another Filipino journeyman in Glenn Medura (10-5) on July 6.
-Masayuki Ito (25-2): WBO #9 / WBC #11
Ito lost his WBO title recently to Jamel Herring (20-2).
-Satoshi Shimizu (8-0): IBF #10
The 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist won the OPBF title back in 2017 and has successfully defended it 4 times. Shimizu will next challenge the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Joe Noynay (17-2) on July 12.
-Musashi Mori (9-0): WBO #9
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) on April 14.
-Hiroshige Osawa (35-5): WBA #2 / IBF #14
The former OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion finds himself once again in the world rankings, since losing to WBO World champion Oscar Valdez (24-0) in 2016. He fought Indonesian journeyman Ahmad Lahizab (4-8) on April 7.
-Reiya Abe (19-2): IBF #7 / WBC #10
Abe will square off with Ryo Sagawa (7-1) for the vacant Japanese title, on September 13.
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
Iwasa won an IBF title eliminator against Cesar Juarez (24-7), on February 16.
-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 8.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #4 / WBA #11
The former Japanese & OPBF champion has been on a 6 fight winning streak since losing to Jonathan Guzman (23-1) in 2016.
-Yukinori Oguni (21-2): WBA #4
The former IBF World champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-10) on May 8.
-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.
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): WBO #9 / WBA #11 / WBC #13
Yaegashi moved up to Super Flyweight in 2018 and has since been undefeated in the division with 3 consecutive TKO victories.
-Koki Eto (24-4): WBO #2 / WBA #3 / WBC #7 / IBF #8
Eto’s KO win over Jeyvier Cintron (10-0) was called a no contest, due to an accidental headbutt. A rematch has been set for August 2nd. The victor will be next in line for a match with the newly crowned WBO World champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2).
-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.
-Junto Nakatani (19-0): WBC #3 / WBO #4 / WBA #8 / IBF #11
Nakatani stopped Naoki Mochizuki (15-4) in February, for the vacant Japanese crown and last fought on June 1st, against Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7).
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #10 / WBC #12
Kuroda went to war with Moruti Mthalane (38-2) for the IBF World title, on May 13, but couldn’t bring the belt back home.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-9): WBA #1 / WBO #3 / WBC #3 / IBF #7
Hisada has been on an impressive 13 fight winning streak. The Japanese star could very well be the 1st challenger of the new WBO champion Elwin Soto (15-1).
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-15): WBC #5 / IBF #6
Horikawa won the Japanese title, on February 14, for the second time in his career. He made his inaugural defense on May 19 against Masashi Tada (13-6).
-Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4): WBC #6
The former WBA & IBF champion failed to win the World championship against the WBO title holder Kosei Tanaka (13-0) on March 16.
-Reiya Konishi (17-2): IBF #8
Konishi didn’t manage to capture the IBF title from Felix Alvarado (35-2) when they clashed in Japan.
-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, this May, in China.
-Norihito Tanaka (19-7): IBF #5 / WBO #6 / WBC #7 / WBA #12
Tanaka won the Japanese title, this past January, and defended it on June 13 against Naoya Haruguchi (15-11).
-Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-7): WBC #5
The former World champion came up short at his second shot against Chayaphon Moonsri (53-0) for the WBC title on May 31st.
-Masataka Taniguchi (11-3): WBO #7 / WBC #15
Taniguchi unsuccessfully challenged the WBO World champion Vic Saludar (19-3) this past February.
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #10
Koura surprisingly lost his OPBF title to Lito Dante (16-10, this March.
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