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Ryuya Kusakabe vs Ichinohe Sota Set for December 22nd Fujiwara Festival

  • Written by Dave Walsh

A #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight title between WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and Krush 55kg Tournament finalist Ryuya Kusakabe and former WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota has been announced for the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival/It's Showtime Japan 6 event. Kusakabe (13-4, 6 KO) is coming off a 5th round KO of #1 ranked NJKF Super Bantamweight Rookie to capture the WBC Japan Super Bantamweight title. Before that, Kusakabe had his 7 fight win streak snapped in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament, losing to Shota Takiya by 3rd round KO. Sota (11-6-4, 8 KO) is coming off of a split draw against Takuma Ito back in August which snapped a 3-fight win streak that included him winning the WPMF Japan Bantamweight title by 1st round KO against Yuki Noro which he has since vacated to move up in weight. Common opponents between the two are Shota Takiya, who Kusakabe is 1-1 against and Sota is 0-1 against, and Hiroaki Mizuhara who Kusakabe defeated in the semis of the Krush tournament while Sota lost to him by extension round split decision back in 2008 under the AJKF banner. The current champion at the weight class is Yusuke Shimizu and although Shimizu is good, I would imagine the winner of this fight would be the favorite in the title fight. Kusakabe is likely the favorite here as he has been pretty hot lately, though Sota has started coming into his own this past year and both fighters have the power to end it at any time.

Already announced for the card is the big Featherweight matchup between Genji Umeno and Youske Morii. {jcomments on}

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