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Teshigawara and Mbilli Capture Steppingstone Titles
Pictured: Hiroaki Teshigawara

On Thursday, October 11, two "steppingstone" title bouts featuring fighters not currently ranked by TTR which may propel the winners into TTR's rankings took place- one in Tokyo; one in Orleans, France. The winners of those bouts were Hiroaki Teshigawara and Christian Mbilli.

Tokyo, Japan-

Vacant OPBF Super Bantamweight Title-
Hiroaki Teshigawara (WBO #3, WBC #19- both at 118; 18-2-2, 11 KOs)
KO-5 1:10
Glenn Suminguit (21-4, 11 KOs)
- Teshigawara's WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title was not on the line.
- Teshigawara and Suminguit came into the bout ranked by the OPBF as #5 and #9 at 122 respectively.

Orleans, Loire, France-

Vacant WBC Youth World Middleweight Title-
Christian Mbilli (WBC #20; 12-0, 12 KOs/15-0, 14 KOs including WSB bouts)
Luis Fernando Pina (20-2, 15 KOs)
- Mbilli, who represented France at the 2016 Summer Olympics, also has wins over current Republic of Poland champion Robert Swierzbinski, veteran Jesus Gurrola, and previously undefeated Ramon Aguinaga.

Both cards featured other bouts of interest. The Tokyo promotion saw Rikki Naito make his second defense of the OPBF super lightweight title, Tetsu Araki win the newly created Japanese Youth bantamweight title, and lightweight Ryosuke Takami pound out an eight-round, unanimous decision over Russia's He Su Khan.

In Orleans, Diego Natchoo stopped former World Boxing Federation champion Michel Mothmora to win the vacant French middlewight title, French light heavyweight champion Mathieu Bauderlique added the vacant WBC Francophone diadem to his collection, IBF World female junior lightweight champion Maiva Hamadouche KOed Gabriella Mezei in the first round of a non-title match, and Ainara Mota won the vacant French female featherweight title.

Tokyo. Japan-

OPBF Super Lightweight Title-
Champion Rikki Naito (WBC #39; 21-2, 7 KOs)
Split Dec. 12
Daishi Nagata (11-2-1, 5 KOs)
- The scores were 114-113 and 114-113 for Naito and 114-113 for OPBF #14 ranked Nagata.

Vacant Japanese Youth Bantamweight Title-
Tetsu Araki (12-1-1, 2 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 8
Ryuto Owan ( 5-1, 3 KOs)
- The scores were 78-75, 77-75, and 78-74.

Lightweight Bout-
Ryosuke Takami (13-2, 11 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 8
He Su Khan (5-2-1, 1 KO)
- The scores were 77-76, 78-75, and 79-73.

Orleans, Loire, France-

Vacant French Middleweight Title-
Diego Natchoo (16-1-4, 1 NC, 6 KOs)
Michel Mothmora (29-27-2, 10 KOs)

Vacant WBC Francophone Light Heavyweight Title-
Mathieu Bauderlique (15-1, 7 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 10
Yann Binanga Aboghe (10-3-1, 1 KO)
- Bauderlique's French title was not on the line.
- The scores were 99-91, 100-90, and 99-91.

Women's Junior Lightweight Bout (Non-title)-
IBF World Female champion Maiva Hamadouche (19-1, 15 KOs)
Gabriella Mezei (9-16-4, 3 KOs)

Vacant French Female Featherweight Title-
Ainara Mota (3-4-2, 0 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 8
Wndy Vincent (0-7-2)
- Ms. Mota is now 1-0-2 versus Ms. Vincent.

Article By: Ken Pollitt