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Three-weight best on the planet Kosei Tanaka will put his WBO flyweight crown on hold out of the blue when he faces compatriot Ryoichi Taguchi at the Memorial Center in Gifu, Japan on Saturday.
Tanaka, who is positioned No. 2 by The Ring at 112 pounds, recently held WBO lashes at 105 and 108 preceding unseating Sho Kimura in a standout amongst the best battles of 2018 by hard-battled greater part choice last September.
That success saw him square with Vasiliy Lomachenko’s record of turning into a three-weight title holder in 12 battles. Presently the 23-year-old is anticipating his next test.
“I am satisfied that we have a major flyweight battle for Japanese boxing fans just as for boxing fans far and wide,” Tanaka disclosed to The Ring through Marivic Kamiyama.
“As his adversary turns out to be progressively forceful and incredible, Taguchi additionally demonstrates his capacity to them. He punches well, has amazing stamina and his poke is great.”
Tanaka and Taguchi had been planned to meet on the now standard New Year’s Eve appear toward the finish of 2017 when both held junior flyweight titles. Terms had been concurred yet the two men needed to initially win between time battles.
While both did, Tanaka endured a twofold eye-attachment damage against the unheralded Palangpol CP Freshmart, diminishing the captivating unification session.
Nonetheless, being not able face Taguchi stayed with Tanaka and he is satisfied to respect the underlying assention now.
“I felt we had incomplete business, I felt dependable about it [not happening],” he said. “The position and rank have additionally changed, and it is an alternate battle from that time, however I am satisfied we are battling.”
Taguchi, who is at present positioned No. 3 by The Ring at 108 pounds, will venture up to flyweight out of the blue.
The 32-year-old edged Milan Melindo to add the IBF crown to his WBA belt and furthermore won the empty Ring 108-pound title in December 2017. He lost his titles to Hekkie Budler last May, who was then ousted by Taguchi’s stablemate Hiroto Kyoguchi.
Tanaka has generally arranged in Nagoya despite the fact that he traveled to Thailand in January for fighting. He says he concentrated chiefly on his essentials and getting himself in an upbeat outlook in front of what is relied upon to be a nearby battle.
While much is made of Tanaka’s accomplishments in the west among bad-to-the-bone boxing fans, he is taking everything in his walk.
“I am picking the best (weight) class as per the development of my body,” he clarified. “Different class mastery is anything but a major objective. I believe that we will win world titles in five diverse weight classes, however the objective has not been set without anyone else yet.”