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World titles galore to see out 2016

No fewer than SEVEN world titles will be on the line in the coming days – and ahead of the New Year, as six defences are made, plus one vacant belt is contested, all of which takes place in the Land of the Rising Sun.

On Friday at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, 2016 Young Fighter of the Year nominee Naoya Inoue puts his WBO super-flyweight title on the line against former world champion Kohei Kono as the 23 year-old aims to extend his undefeated record.

Inoue shares top billing with IBF light-flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi who defends his position opposite Wittawas Basapean.

The next day, its Ota-City Gym that takes center stage as WBA super-featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales battles Takashi Uchiyama in the headliner.

In chief support, Ryoichi Taguchi faces a tough task to keep a grip on his WBA light-flyweight belt against unbeaten up and comer Carlos Canizales.

On the same night in Gifu, Moises Fuentes and Kosei Tanaka trade blows to crown the new WBO light-flyweight title holder, whilst Jonathan Guzman and Kazuto Ioka put their respective IBF super-bantamweight and WBA flyweight championships up for grabs against Yukinori Oguni and Yutthana Kaensa in Kyoto.

It promises to be a real feast for fans to bring in the New Year before another host of recognized straps are contested in the United States this January.