June 30th 1997-Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Akira Ohigashi (20-7-1, 14) vs Tatsufumi Ito (8-1-1, 3) III
In the 1990's the Japanese domestic scene at 154lbs saw a major rivalry between Akira Ohigashi and Tatsufumi Ito with fights in 1995, 1996, 1997 and two in 1998. All 5 of their fights were for the Japanese Light Middleweight title with this being their third bout. Entering this one the series was tied at 1-1.
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