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World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Masamori Tokuyama will put his title on the line for the eighth time against top-ranked Russian Dimitri Kirilov early January in Osaka, his manager said Monday.

The mandatory title defense against the 24-year-old Kirilov will be staged at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium, Hideo Kanazawa said, adding it could be held as a double title match as another world title bout is being considered.

The 28-year-old North Korean resident of Japan, whose real name is Hong Chang Su, has a record of 29 wins, including eight knockouts, against two defeats and a draw, while Kirilov, who has ample amateur experience, is 23-1 with seven KOs.

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