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Year-end schedule of world title bouts in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Oguni predicts his victory and coronation over IBF 122-pound champion Jonathan Guzman
Oguni predicts his victory and coronation over IBF 122-pound champion Jonathan Guzman

We, in Japan, are going to welcome a bunch of world title bouts to be held in the end of the year, as usual, since our televisions like to show deluxe programs of plural title goes at prime time in association with our active impresarios. The schedule is as follows:

December 30, at Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo
WBO junior bantamweight title bout
Champion, Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs)
Former WBA titlist, compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs)

December 31, at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo
WBA super-featherweight title bout
Champion, Jezreel Corrales, Panama, Panama (20-1, 8 KOs)
Former champion, Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs)

WBA light-flyweight title bout
Champion, Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs)
Carlos Canizales, Venezuela (16-0, 13 KOs)

December 31, at Gifu Memorial Hall, Gifu
WBO junior flyweight title bout for the vacant championship
#1 Moises Fuentes, Mexico (24-2-1, 13 KOs)
#2 ex-WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs)

December 31, at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto
WBA flyweight title bout
Champion, Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs)
Interim champion, Stamp Kiatniwat, Thailand (15-0, 6 KOs)

IBF bantamweight title bout
Champon, Lee Haskins, UK (34-3, 14 KOs)
Shohei Omori (17-1, 12 KOs)

IBF junior featherweight title bout
Champion, Jonathan Guzman, Dominican Republic (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs)
Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7 KOs)

IBF#5 ranked 122-pounder Yukinori Oguni will make an ambitious crack at the IBF junior featherweight belt against Jonathan Guzman, a Dominican Wilfredo Gomez boasting of all KO wins in 22 victories, on New Year’s Eve—along with another IBF title bout of the Haskins-Omori confrontation. Oguni, a stylish speedster, will try to make best use of his speed and footwork to outbox the hard-punching champ Guzman.

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