By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Norihito Tanaka (18-7): IBF #6 / WBC #7 / WBO #10 / WBA #13
Tanaka won the Japanese title, this past January, and will defend it on June 13 against Naoya Haruguchi (15-10).
-Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-7): WBC #4
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
Taniguchi unsuccessfully challenged the WBO World champion Vic Saludar (19-3) this past February.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-9): WBA #1 / WBO #1 / WBC #3 / IBF #7
Hisada is rumored to be challenging Angel Acosta (19-1) for the WBO title, potentially this Summer.
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-18): 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.
-Junto Nakatani (19-0): WBC #3 / WBO #4 / IBF #11 / WBA #14
Nakatani stopped Naoki Mochizuki (15-4) in February, for the vacant Japanese crown and scored a stay busy win on June 1st, against Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7).
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #10
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.
-Kazuto Ioka (23-2): WBO #2
The 3 division world champion will meet Aston Palicte (25-2) at the Makuhari Messe arena in Japan, for the vacant WBO World championship.
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): WBA #10 / WBO #10 / WBC #14
Yaegashi moved up to Super Flyweight in 2018 and has since been undefeated in the division with 3 consecutive TKO victories. He finally makes it back into the world rankings as he aims to become a 4 division champion.
-Koki Eto (24-4): WBO #4 / WBA #7 / IBF #8
Eto’s KO win over Jeyvier Cintron (10-0) on May 25th for the WBO International title got overturned, due to an accidental headbutt.
-Sho Ishida (28-1): WBO #3 / IBF #5 / WBA #6 / WBC #10
Since losing to Khalid Yafai (25-0) in 2017, Ishida has earned 4 victories over the likes of Ratchanon Sawangsoda (12-3), Richard Claveras (18-6), world title contender Warlito Parrenas (26-10) as well as Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4).
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
Iwasa won an IBF title eliminator against Cesar Juarez (23-7), on February 16.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #3
The former Japanese & OPBF champion has been on a 6 fight winning streak since losing to Jonathan Guzman (23-1) in 2016.
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (19-2): IBF #9 / WBO #15
Teshigawara made his Super Bantamweight debut last year, stopping Glenn Suminguit (21-4) to win the OPBF championship. He marked his first successful title defense on February 14, against Yuki Iriguchi (10-3).
-Yukinori Oguni (20-2): WBA #4
The former IBF World champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-10) on May 8.
-Satoshi Shimizu (8-0): IBF #9
The 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist won the OPBF title back in 2017 and has successfully defended it 4 times. He will now 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 #1 / IBF #13
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 #5 / WBC #13
Abe fought the Japanese champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5), on May 1st, to a draw.
-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. Ogawa will face the undefeated IBF Intercontinental champion Azinga Fuzile (14-0) in an IBF world title eliminator, on July 6, at the Korakuen Hall in Japan.
-Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0): IBF #3 / WBC #8 / WBO #10
Nakatani marked his 11th successful OPBF title defense this past December, by stopping former WBC International champion Hurricane Futa (25-8). He takes on Teofimo Lopez (13-0), on July 6, for a future shot at the IBF World championship.
-Nihito Arakawa (32-7): WBO #8
The former Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion failed to obtain the WBO International title from Denys Berinchyk (11-0) on April 20.
-Takeshi Inoue (13-1): WBO #9
The former Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific champion unsuccessfully challenged Jaime Munguia (32-0) for the WBO World title this January. He is scheduled to return to the ring on August 3rd.
-Ryota Murata (14-2): WBA #4
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist will get his chance for revenge on July 12 as he goes up against Rob Brant (25-1) in Osaka for the WBA (Regular) World championship.
-Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1): WBO #9 / WBA #12
The former K-1 champion has unified the Japanese, OPBF & WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight titles. He is now looking for a World championship fight before he retires from the sport.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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