Over the last week or saw we have seen a number of Japanese fighters vacating their titles. First of those was Shingo Wake, who gave up the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, then there was Yukinori Oguni, who vacated the Japanese Super Bantamweight crown. The latest addition to the list is Oguni's Welterweight stablemate Suyon Takayama (23-1, 7) who has announced that he's vacating the Japanese Welterweight title to concentrate on winning the OPBF title and hopefully increasing his exposure around the world.
The popular Welterweight won the title in December 2012 and made 6 successful defenses, all by decision, before choosing to vacate. It's fair to say the timing hasn't been the best but his reign was close to 3 years long and he has beaten the top challengers, though that sadly hasn't included Yoshihiro Kamgai.
Due to the vacancy we're now expecting to see Yasuhiro Okawa (14-11-3, 5) face off against the big punching Toshio Arikawa (12-4, 10), who recently won the right to challenger for the title by scoring a shock win over Akinori Watanabe.
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