We've long known that WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一] would be defending his title on April 27th at the Ota City Gymnasium. In fact he himself gave away the date, and the venue, way back on February 18th. What we didn't know, until this morning, was who Taguchi would be facing on the card.
Today it was announced that the champion would be facing talented Japanese based Venezuelan veteran Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-1, 21).
The bout will be Taguchi's third defense of the title that he won at the end of 2014 and will see him face a man familiar with Japanese fans. In fact the bout with be Landaeta's 6th in Japan, where he has fought Koki Kameda, twice, and Yutaka Niida losing all 3 of those bouts for WBA world title.
Aged 37 Landaeta is an "old man" for a Light Flyweight but is a genuinely talented one who hasn't aged badly at all. He has never been stopped, has very respectable power and very under-rated skills. Sadly however he is 2-1 in the last 6 years, and is actually 2-2 in the last 7 years and hasn't really "earned" a world title bout.
The bout will be one of 3 world title bouts on the show, with another being the WBA Super Featherweight bout between "super" champion Takashi Uchiyama's (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志] and WBA "interim" champion Jezreel Corrales (19-1-0-1, 7) as well as a WBA Super Flyweight title fight featuring Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平].
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Earlier today fans in Japan saw Venezuelan born fighter Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-1, 21) finally score his first win in Japan, following 4 previous losses in the country. Not only did he pick up a win but he managed to score a stoppage of a world ranked fighter.
Landaeta, who is best known in Japan for losing a controversial bout in 2006 to Koki Kameda, is now based in Toyama and it was in Toyama that he starred today in the main event.
The 35 year old, former WBA "interim" Minimumweight champion, was in the ring with WBC #14 ranked Light Flyweight contender Walter Tello (21-9, 8). On paper it looked like a competitive bout though the huge gulf in class told as Landaeta out boxed him with relative ease before forcing a 9th round TKO of the limited Panamanian.
Although it's hard to know where Landaeta goes next it does seem that he has his eyes on another world title bout. Whilst it's hard to tell how much he has left based on a win over the very over-rated Tello he does look in great shape for a 35 year old and we'd not put it beyond him to get another shot at a belt before his career is over.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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