By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1): WBA #12
The former K-1 star and the reigning WBO Asia Pacific champion will rematch Suthat Kalalek (13-10) on October 21st.
-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 / IBF #15
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. He fights Toshiro Tarumi (12-3) on October 26th.
-Andy Hiraoka (14-0): IBF #14
The Japanese youngster earned the biggest win of his career, this past July, against former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo (31-9). Hiraoka goes up against Rogelio Casarez (13-8) on November 30th.
-Kenichi Ogawa (24-1): IBF #3 / WBO #11
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 #4
Sueyoshi will meet Kosuke Saka (18-5), on December 7th, for the 5th defense of his Japanese title.
-Kazuhiro Nishitani (20-4): IBF #12 / WBO #13
Nishitani has been 5-0 since 2016, knocking out every single one of his opponents.
-Musashi Mori (10-0): WBO #9
Mori defended his WBO Asia Pacific title against the former champion Richard Pumicpic (21-10) this past April. He then stopped Suntorn Panhom (5-5) on September 15th.
-Hiroshige Osawa (36-5): WBA #1 / IBF #14
The former world title challenger defeated Indonesian veteran Jason Butar Butar (30-27) on October 1st.
-Reiya Abe (19-3): IBF #6 / WBC #10
Abe lost to Ryo Sagawa (8-1) on September 13th, failing to capture the Japanese title.
-Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3): IBF #1
Iwasa won an IBF eliminator against Cesar Juarez (24-7) in February. Since Daniel Roman (27-2) is out with an injury, an interim IBF title fight could be made with Iwasa and Marlon Tapales (33-2).
-Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2): IBF #8
Teshigawara defended his OPBF championship against former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-3) on August 8th.
-Shingo Wake (26-5): WBC #2 / IBF #4
Wake has been on a 6 fight winning streak since losing to Jonathan Guzman (23-1) in 2016.He faces Jhunriel Ramonal on October 11th.
-Yukinori Oguni (21-2): WBA #4
The former IBF World champion defeated Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10) in May.
-Yusaku Kuga (18-3): WBC #11
Kuga became once again the Japanese champion after earning a unanimous decision over Ryoichi Tamura (12-5) a few months back. He marked his inaugural title defense on September 21st against Yosuke Fujihara (18-7), knocking him out in the opening round.
-Tomoki Kameda (36-3): WBC #8
The former interim WBC champion came up short in his unification bout with Rey Vargas (34-0).
-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 will unify with Nordine Oubaali (16-0) on November 7th.
-Keita Kurihara (14-5): IBF #9 / WBC #13
Kurihara defended his OPBF crown in May, after knocking out former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (26-10). He will fight the IBF Pan Pacific champion Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10) on November 15th next.
-Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8): IBF #12 / WBO #15
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 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.
-Akira Yaegashi (28-6): WBO #6 / WBA #11 / WBC #14
The 3 division World champion has been undefeated as a Super Flyweight, with 3 consecutive TKO victories under his belt.
-Sho Ishida (28-1): IBF #5
Ishida has been 4-0 since losing to Khalid Yafai (26-0) in 2017. He was scheduled to meet Israel Gonzalez (24-3) in an IBF eliminator, on October 26th, but the match might end up happening in December.
-Koki Eto (24-5): IBF #7 / WBO #11
Eto lost to Jeyvier Cintron (11-0) in August.
-Takayuki Okumoto (23-8): IBF #15
The Japanese champion defended his title for the 4th time against Dynamic Kenji (11-4) this August.
-Kosei Tanaka (14-0): WBO World champion
Tanaka stopped Jonathan Gonzalez (22-3) on August 24th.
-Masayuki Kuroda (30-8): IBF #10 / WBC #15
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. He will mark his first defense against Naoki Mochizuki (16-4), in a revenge match from 2016, on October 21st.
-Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0): WBA (Super) World champion.
Kyoguchi has successfully defended the WBA title twice this year, against Muay Thai champion Tanawat Nakoon (11-1) as well as 15 year veteran Tetsuya Hisada (34-10).
-Ken Shiro (16-0): WBC World champion.
The unstoppable Ken Shiro made short work of Jonathan Taconing (28-4) in July, to mark his 6th title defense.
-Tetsuya Hisada (34-10): WBA #1 / IBF #6
Hisada’s impressive 13 fight winning streak came to an end, when he challenged Hiroto Kyoguchi for the WBA (Super) title, on October 1st.
-Kenichi Horikawa (40-15): WBC #2 / IBF #4
Horikawa won the Japanese title earlier this year, for the second time in his career. He made his 1st defense in May and will mark his 2nd one on October 10th against Yuto Takahashi (10-4).
-Reiya Konishi (17-2): IBF #8
Konishi didn’t manage to capture the IBF title from Felix Alvarado (35-2).
-Sho Kimura (18-3): WBO #9 / 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. There’s a rumor of him facing Olympic champion Shiming Zou in a rematch, although nothing has been confirmed.
-Norihito Tanaka (19-7): WBC #4 / IBF #4 / WBO #5 / WBA #12
Tanaka won the Japanese title, this past January, and defended it in June against Naoya Haruguchi (15-11).
-Masataka Taniguchi (12-3): WBO #6 / WBC #14
Taniguchi defeated rising star Kai Ishizawa (6-1) on September 21st.
-Takumi Sakae (22-3): WBO #12 / IBF #13
Sakae has fought thrice this year. He has knocked out all of his opponents.
-Tsubasa Koura (14-1): WBC #9 / IBF #14
Koura surprisingly lost his OPBF title to Lito Dante (16-10) a few months ago.
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