Earlier this month we reported that Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (10-3-2, 6) was set to challenge Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (22-1, 7). It now seems that Aoqui has been replaced for that bout, which is set for September 30th, and instead Takayama will be battling Ryoji Tanaka (8-4-1, 2).
On paper this is a step down in class, especially considering that Tanaka has lost back-to-back fights coming into this contest, one of which came against Quaye Peter who Aoqui has beaten twice.
Whilst it is a step back in a number of ways, including current form, it does need noting that Tanaka is a natural Welterweight and may have a style that could lead to an exciting bout, albeit a one sided one.
The reality here however is that he card is being built around the main event which will see Yukinori Oguni (14-1-1, 4) defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title again the heavy handed Taiki Minamoto (10-4, 9)
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