By LITO DELOS REYES
Japanese super featherweight champion Kosuke Saka of Japan will defend his title against compatriot Takuya Watanabe on Jan. 22 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
The 28-year-old Kosuke (20W-5L-0D, 17KOs) earned the crown by dethroning Masaru Sueyoshi via a 6th round TKO last Dec. 7, 2019, at Korakuen.
Kosuke, however, earlier lost by a TKO in the 2nd round to Joe Noynay of Cebu for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title last April 20, 2019, at EDION Arena in Osaka.
Takuya, on the other hand, last beat Taiki Minamoto via a unanimous decision last Nov. 9, 2019, at Korakuen.
Takuya (37W-9L-1D, 21 KOs) earlier won the vacant WBO Oriental super featherweight title over Leshan Li of China last Oct. 7, 2017, in Hong Kong.
He also won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title by a TKO over Yaimi Manorsa last Sept. 14, 2016, in Korakuen.
He, however, lost to Hironori Mishiro by a unanimous decision for the OPBF super featherweight title last March 27, 2019, at Korakuen.