This past week has seen the WBO hold their annual convention and it's been an interesting one with several stories coming out of it.
One of those notable stories is that Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成], the current Minimumweight champion, is set to vacate the title he won back in August, with a technical decision over teenage Riku Kano. According to the news out of the convention Takayama will step aside due to a cut he suffered in that bout, a cut that will take several more months to heal.
As a result the WBO are likely to allow Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-6, 6) [福原 辰弥] to fight for the title in 2017, if Fukuhara of course wins his November bout with Genki Hanai (7-0, 5) [華井 玄樹]. Fukuhara is one of two Japanese fighters in the running for a vacant title fight with Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3) [山中 竜也], who will have to over-come Merlito Sabillo (25-3-1, 12) in November, being an alternative.
It's thought that one of the Japanese pair will face Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14) for the vacant title next year, with the winner being mandated to face Takayama when he recovers from his injury. Alternatively Calleros could face one of the Japanese pairing for the interim title with the winner of that interim belt then facing Takayama.
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