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Yoshino, Ito regard their regional lightweight battle as stepping stone to eventual world title challenge

Apr 08, 2022 20:00 pm

Undefeated Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization’s Asia-Pacific lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino weighed in at 61.0 kg (134 lbs.) while challenger Masayuki Ito of Yokohama Hikari Boxing Gym, a former WBO super featherweight champion, tipped the scales at the class limit of 61.2 kg (135 lbs.) on Apr. 8 ahead of their OPBF and WBO-Asia Pacific title match on Apr.9 in Saitama Prefecture.

The scheduled 12-rounder, to be held at Saitama Super Arena, will be the first main undercard of the title unification fight between World Boxing Association ‘’super’’ middleweight champion Ryota Murata of Teiken Boxing Gym and International Boxing Federation middleweight ruler Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin, alias GGG, of Kazakhstan.

The fight was initially planned on Dec. 29 last year but was moved to Apr. 9 in accordance with the new date for the Murata-GGG fight.

Yoshino, 30, regards the fight as a stepping stone to his fight overseas as he is seeking a world title challenge, while the 31-year-old Ito is desperate as he thinks the fight will set the stage for his re-emergence in his quest for a world light weight title challenge.

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