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Pictured: Rikki Naito

During the two-day period of Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10, three regional titles and two national belts were up for grabs in South Korea and Japan. Rikki Naito retained the OPBF super lightweight title and Gyung Mo Yuh won the vacant South Korean welterweight title on Wednesday while on Thursday, Japanese lightweight champ Shuichiro Yoshino added the vacant OPBF and vacant WBO Asia Pacific titles to his collection and Yuto Takahashi upset world-ranked Kenichi Horikawa to annex the Japanese light flyweight championship.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019-

Cheonan, South Korea-

OPBF Super Lightweight Title-
Champion Rikki Naito (WBC #37; 22-2, 7 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Gyu Beom Jeon (9-4-1, 4 KOs)
- Naito decked the the OPBF #6 ranked Jeon in round 8 and went on to win by the scores of 117-110, 116-112, and 116-111.
- This was former Japanese super featherweight champ Naito's third successful defense of the OPBF diadem.

Vacant South Korean Welterweight Title-
Gyung Mo Yuh (6-6-3, 1 KO)
Unan. Dec. 10
Heuk San Lee (birth name: Abdoulaye Assan; 10-2-2, 5 KOs)
- Yuh was a heavy underdog going in against the Cameroon-born former South Korean super welterweight champion Lee.

Thursday, October 10, 2019-

Tokyo, Japan-

Vacant OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight Titles-
Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9 KOs)
TKO-1 2:10
Harmonito Dela Torre (20-3, 12 KOs)
- The OPBF #1/WBO Asia Pacific #1 ranked Yoshino's Japanese title was not on the line.
- Dela Torre, a Miami, Florida-based Filipino, came into the bout ranked #5 by the WBO Asia Pacific and #10 by the OPBF.

Japanese Light Flyweight Title-
Yuto Takahashi (WBC #23 at 105; 11-4, 5 KOs)
Maj. Dec. 10
Champion Kenichi Horikawa (WBC #2, IBF #4; 40-16-1, 13 KOs)
- Takahashi (JBC #4 at 108; WBO AP #8, OPBF #9- both at 105) upset the OPBF #1 ranked Horikawa by the scores of 97-93 and 96-94. The third judge scored the bout a draw, 95-95.

Article By: Ken Pollitt