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Wednesday. May 19. 2021

Ex-world champ Ito to face veteran Hosokawa in lightweight nontitle fight in July

Former World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Masayuki Ito of Yokohama Hikari Boxing Gym will face former Japanese super lightweight kingpin Valentine Hosokawa of Kadoebi Boxing Gym on July 3 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, boxing sources said on May 18.

According to the sources, the 30-year-old Ito, who lost the title to Jamel Herring of the United States in May 2019 after successfully defending the title once, dropped a majority decision to Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro of Watanabe Boxing Gym in a lightweight nontitle fight last December. Ito has a record of 26 wins, including 14 knockouts, against three losses and a draw.

For his part, the 40-year Hosokawa, who was a former Japanese super lightweight champion and successfully defended the title twice, moved down to the lightweight division and took a crack at Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia-Pacific lightweight ruler Shuichiro Yoshino of Misako Boxing Gym for the latter’s titles last September only to lose a lopsided 12-round decision. Hosokawa has a 25-8-3 win-loss-draw tally with 12 KOs.

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