By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1): WBA #13
The former K-1 star will face his biggest challenge to date, on December 21st, as he tales on the British, Commonwealth & WBO International champion Daniel Dubois (13-0).
-Ryota Murata (15-2): WBA (Regular) World champion
The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist got his revenge on Rob Brant (25-2) in Osaka, reclaiming his WBA title. He will mark his inaugural defense on December 23rd against the WBC International champion Steven Butler (28-1).
-Takeshi Inoue (15-1): WBO #11 / IBF #15 / WBC #22
Inoue made short work of Thai veteran Komsan Polsan (39-11) in August, to become the WBO Asia Pacific champion for the second time. He is scheduled to fight again next year, on January 18th.
-Keita Obara (22-4): IBF #4
After losing to Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0) earlier this year, Obara bounced back with victories Indonesian journeyman Yosmar Kefi (9-12) and Toshiro Tarumi (12-4).
-Andy Hiraoka (15-0): IBF #14
The Japanese youngster earned the biggest win of his career, this past July, against former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo (32-9). Hiraoka 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 the very first round to become the unified Japanese, OBPF & WBO Asia Pacific champion and to finally enter the world rankings.
-Kenichi Ogawa (24-1): IBF #3 / WBA #4 / WBO #10 / WBC #24
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 #3 / WBC #21
Sueyoshi will meet Kosuke Saka (19-5), on December 7th, 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. He will compete again on December 7th, against Chikato Sumida (8-3).
-Musashi Mori (10-0): WBO #7 / WBC #24
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) this past April. His second one will take place on December 8th as he faces Takuya Mizuno (17-1).
-Hiroshige Osawa (36-5): WBA #1 / IBF #13 / WBC #19
The former world title challenger defeated Indonesian veteran Jason Butar Butar (30-27) on October 1st.
-Ryo Sagawa (8-1): WBC #13 / WBO #15
The new Japanese champion will put his title on the line for the first time, on December 12th, against Ryo Hino (13-1).
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
In a clash of former World champions, Iwasa meets Marlon Tapales (33-2), on December 7th, for the interim IBF Super Bantamweight title, in New York.
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2): IBF #7
Teshigawara will defend his OPBF championship for the 3rd time, on December 12th, against Shohei Kawashima (18-3).
-Yukinori Oguni (21-2): WBA #3
The former IBF World champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10) in May.
-Yusaku Kuga (19-3): WBC #7
The 2 time Japanese champion will square off with Jhunriel Ramonal (16-8) on December 31st for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title.
-Tomoki Kameda (36-3): WBC #5
The former WBO Bantamweight & interim WBC Super Bantamweight champion is aiming to compete for a Featherweight World championship in 2020.
-Naoya Inoue (19-0): WBA (Super) & IBF World champion
Inoue went to war with Nonito Donaire (40-6) and emerged the 4th WBSS tournament winner. He now holds the IBF, WBA (Super) and the RING Bantamweight titles. The Monster expressed interest in fighting 3 division World champion John Riel Casimero (29-4) after the Filipino stopped Zolani Tete for the WBO crown.
-Daigo Higa (15-1): WBC #7
The former WBC Flyweight World champion has been training for his upcoming return to the ring in early 2020.
-Keita Kurihara (15-5): IBF #9 / WBC #15
Kurihara defended his OPBF title in May, after knocking out former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (26-10). He then made short work of the IBF Pan Pacific champion Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-11) on November 15th. After the match, he declared that he wishes to face the returning Daigo Higa.
-Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8): IBF #12 / WBO #15 / WBC #26
Kobayashi won the WBO Asia Pacific title, this past May, from Ben Mananquil (17-2). He will defend it against Korean fighter Ki Chang Go (8-3) on December 22nd.
-Takuma Inoue (13-1): WBC #5
The former interim WBC champion came up short in the unification battle with Nordine Oubaali (17-0).
-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. His inaguaral defense will take place on December 31st, against the undefeated Jeyvier Cintron (11-0), in Japan.
-Sho Ishida (28-1): IBF #5 / WBC #12
In a battle of former world title challengers, Ishida takes on Israel Gonzalez (24-3) in an IBF eliminator, on December 28th.
-Takayuki Okumoto (23-8): IBF #13 / WBC #20
The Japanese champion will defend his belt for the 5th time against Kenta Nakagawa (17-3) on December 8th.
-Koki Eto (24-5): IBF #7 / WBO #13 / WBC #26
Eto lost to Jeyvier Cintron (11-0) in August.
-Kosei Tanaka (14-0): WBO World champion
Tanaka will put his title on the line for the 3rd time this year, on New Year’s Eve, when he defends against the WBA International champion Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3).
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): IBF #14
The 3 division World champion will challenge Moruti Mthalane (38-2) for the IBF title, on December 23rd, at the Yokohama Arena, in Japan.
-Yusuke Sakashita (19-8): WBO #13 / 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.
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #11 / WBC #18
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.
-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 (16-0): WBC World champion.
The unstoppable Kenshiro will mark his 7th title defense, on December 23rd, over former interim WBA champion Randy Petalcorin (31-3).
-Daiki Tomita (14-1): WBO #14
Tomita earned the vacant WBO Asia Pacific championship after defeating Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8) in September.
-Yuto Takahashi (11-4): WBC #6 / IBF #7
Takahashi defeated the veteran Kenichi Horikawa (40-16) to become the new Japanese champion.
-Reiya Konishi (17-2): IBF #8 / WBC #16
Konishi failed to capture the IBF title from Felix Alvarado (35-2).
-Sho Kimura (18-3): WBO #7 / WBA #10
The former WBO Flyweight World champion lost a unanimous decision to Carlos Canizales (22-0) for the WBA (Regular) World title in China. Rumor has it that he might rematch Olympic champion Shiming Zou, although nothing has been confirmed.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-10): WBC #4 / IBF #5
Hisada’s impressive 13 fight winning streak came to an end, when he challenged Hiroto Kyoguchi for the WBA (Super) title 2 months ago.
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-16): WBC #8 / IBF #13
Horikawa lost the Japanese title to Yuto Takahashi (11-4) on October 10th.
-Norihito Tanaka (19-7): WBC #3 / IBF #4 / WBO #6 / WBA #13
Tanaka won the Japanese title this past January, and defended it in June against Naoya Haruguchi (15-11).
-Masataka Taniguchi (12-3): WBO #5 / WBC #10
Taniguchi defeated Kai Ishizawa (6-1) in September.
-Takumi Sakae (22-3): WBO #12 / IBF #13 / WBC #36
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 was scheduled to face Silem Serang (15-20) on November 9th but the match was cancelled.
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