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Japan’s Ryuhei Sugita said Monday he will challenge World Boxing Association superfeatherweight champion Yodsanan 3K Battery of Thailand in a world title match next February.

Fifteenth-ranked Sugita will meet Yodsanan, 29, at Gifu Memorial Center on Feb. 8, 2004.

The 27-year-old Sugita has a record of 25 wins, including 21 knockouts, with one defeat and two ties. The southpaw-fighting Yodsanan holds a record of 40-2-1, including 33 KOs, and has defended his title once.

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