Japanese Light Heavyweight Championship


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Japanese Light Heavyweight Championship (日本ライト・ヘビー級選手権?) was a puroresu title recognized by Japan Pro-Wrestling Association.

The title was created during the interpromotional Japanese Weight Division Championships in 1956/10 for the division with the weight limit of 86.28kg (190ld).

The first and second round matches of the tournament to crown the first champion took place on 1956/10/15, and most matches were said to be "shoot" since the card was not open to the media or public and some matches ended with forfeit due to injuries. This theory is also supported by the declining of non-JPWA promotions and recruiting of some of the participants by Rikidōzan for his own JPWA after the tournament.

Yoshinosato Junzō and Yoshiwara Isao were the only competitors to hold the title. It was rarely defended and basically forgotten after 1960.

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