Last week we reported that former world title challenger Go Odaira had vacated the Japanese Minimumweight title with the intention of focusing on world title bouts, with some rumours suggesting he has gotten a bout with Kosei Tanaka later this year.
Today it was announced that the vacancy left by Odaira will be filled on November 22nd as the top two ranked Japanese contenders face off for the title.
The fighters in question are Tatsuya Fukuhara (15-5-5, 6), the #1 ranked JBC contender, and and Hiroya Yamamoto (9-3, 3),the #2 ranked contender.
Of the two men Fukuhara is probably the more well known. He has shared the ring with Yu Kimura, Takuma Inoue and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, and in fact earned a draw with Fahlan in Thailand. He may not have scored many wins of of note but he is unbeaten in his last 5, with his last loss coming to Inoue back in December 2013. He is also well known for reaching the 2009 Rookie of the Year final, losing to Takuya Mitamura who later went on to claim the Japanese title and fought for the WBA interim title.
Yamamoto on the other hand is known for 3 things. Firstly he won the 2012 Rookie of the year, last year he challenged Odaira for the Japanese title, and, earlier this year, he faced former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong in a bout for the WBC International title. He lost to both Odaira and Zhong though was successful last time out when he beat Takumi Suda with a clear decision win.
At the moment little is known about the card that this bout will be on a card at the Foodpal Kumamoto in Kumamoto city.
Ahead of the bout we've included a video of both men below
Go Odaira vacates Japanese Minimumweight title
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