Back at the end of April we reported that the WBO had given their Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] and 28 year old Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) 30 days to negotiate a deal for a mandatory world title fight.
That 30 day period was expected to result in a deal being made, with the teams though to have been close to securing a deal before the order was even made.
Today a deal for the bout has been announced!
The Hatanaka gym, lead by former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, held a press conference earlier today to announce that the Tanaka Vs Gonzalez bout was a done deal for August 24th at the Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in Nagoya, the same venue that Tanaka won the title last September with a win over Sho Kimura.
For Tanaka, a 3-weight world champion, the bout serves as his second defense of the title, following the previous mentioned win in September, and comes on the back of a commanding win over Ryoichi Taguchi in March. As for Gonzalez this will be his first world title fight, and his first bout in Asia, following bouts in a number of American countries.
It's worth noting that the challenger will be one of the first southpaws that Tanaka has faced during his professional career, though his team and especially his father, showed no worries given that Tanaka faced a number of southpaws in the amateur ranks.
The bout will air on CBC, but specifics in regards to time haven't yet been confirmed. We're hoping that we'll be able to continue our working relationship with the channel to be able to bring you a live, legal stream to the bout in August.
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Earlier today we were sent the official footage from CBC from the press conference earlier this year to announce the WBO Flyweight title bout between Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] and former unified Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一]. Kindly CBC have also added some English subtitles, which can be access through youtube's closed caption option.
With this fight now just over a week away, we again would like to make sure everyone is aware that the bout will be streamed on Asianboxing.info in association with CBC, and the stream will be free for fight fans wanting to watch what may end up being one of the best bouts of 2019.
One of the best bouts of the year!
CBC proudly announces the streaming of the bout
for free on http://www.asianboxing.info/ worldwide*.
WBO World Flyweight Title Match
Kosei Tanaka (WBO Flyweight Champion) VS Ryoichi Taguchi (WBO #4 Flyweight)
Date March 16th from 16:00 (Japan time)
*For domestic audiences, the program will be available on TBS Network 28 channels.
Kosei Tanaka became the quickest fighter to become a 3 weight world champion, doing so in his 12th professional, bout last September. The bout with Sho Kimura was wild and Kosei won the title by a hair. The bout itself was chosen as the WBO's Best Fight of 2018, and was widely regarded as one of the best fights of the year by independent publications, and was a great opportunity for Kosei to show his exciting style to boxing fans all over the world.
Kosei had been keen to face Ryoichi Taguchi, who won WBA Light Flyweight Champion, for years. The best chance came in 2017 however plans were cancelled due to Kosei suffering a serious injury in September that year. During Kosei's time recovering from his injury, Ryoichi defeated Milan Melindo on new year's eve 2017 and became Japan's most recent unified champion, adding the IBF title to his collection.
Since then, Ryoichi has lost the Light Flyweight belts and now is heading to the Flyweight division, and the WBO title. Kosei says the bout with Ryoichi is “destiny” and he states the fight will be his best bout.
As a boxer from the Chubu region, CBC supports Kosei from his debut. Our mission is to build his fan base from different countries and we strongly hope the streaming will increase expose between Kosei and his fans living in a variety of countries.
As well as the fantastic main event, the undercard will also be streamed to an international audience. This gives fight fans a chance to see not only the brightest talent in the Chubu region but also other emerging talents like Kento Hatanaka and Konshin Takeshima, who between them have scored 9 wins, all by knockout, and former Japanese Youth champion Takuya Mizuno.
We greatly thank Asianboxing.info, their representative Scott Graveson and all writers on Asianboxing.info, who cooperate with us from Kosei’s last bout with Sho Kimura.
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WBO World Flyweight Title Fight Live-Streaming announcement
Monday September 24th 2018
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WBO World Fly Weight World Title Match
Sho Kimura (Aoki) vs Kosei Tanaka (Hatanaka)
September 24th 16:00 (Japan Time) at TEVA Ocean Arena
Kosei Tanaka made his debut in 2013. Since then, he has been getting great attention. Beginning with his 4 amateur titles, and the the OPBF Minimumweight title in his 4th professional bout, the WBO World Minimumweight title in his 5th bout in May 2015 and WBO Light Flyweight title. This time he is looking ahead to attain a world title in a 3rd division. On the other hand, Kimura made his debut in 2013 and won WBO World Flyweight Title in 2017, upsetting Chinese legend Zou Shiming. Kimura is known as a hard worker and won his title whilst earning his bread from some extra jobs, outside of boxing.
This bout is gaining a great attention in Japanese Boxing circles and CBC proudly announces we will be live-streaming the bout for free at http://www.asianboxing.info/.
Sho Kimura (Aoki)
17 wins (10KOs) – 1 loss – 2 draws
29 years old (DOB: Nov. 24, 1988)
April 2013 Debut
Kosei Tanaka (Hatanaka)
11wins(7Kos)- 0 loss
23 years old (DOB: Jun. 15,1995)
November 2013 Debut
We are less than 1 week away from the huge WBO Flyweight world title bout between Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] and Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成] and it's fair to say we're rather excited!
We're not the only ones excited, or trying to build up the profile of the bout, and it's now been revealed that CBC will show the weigh in for the bout live, something very rare in Japan despite being quite common in both the US and UK. Not only will CBC show it but it will also be available on the web!
The weigh in is set to take place on Sunday at around 1:24 in the afternoon local time.
According to sources in Japan there are some real worries about putting this on TV, with sources reporting that CBC are concerned if either fighter needs to strip naked and weigh in behind a towel. They have got some contingencies in place for such a scenario, including giving pre-weighed pants to the fighters and deducting the weight afterwards, but they clearly want to avoid it if possible, as there will be a number of women and teenagers at the weigh in event.
Although it's only going to be a few minutes it's great for CBC to give the bout the extra bit of hype and we do genuinely hope things like this do become common place in Japan, where they have rarely done public weigh ins never mind televised ones.
Asian Boxing and CBC to team up with a live stream of Kimura Vs Tanaka!
Kosei Tanaka goes for third world title, takes on in form Sho Kimura! (Preview)
(Image courtesy of CBC)
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