Next Saturday we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) make his second defense of the WBO Flyweight title , as he takes on mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13).
Today, ahead of that bout, Gonzalez arrived in Japan, landing at the Chubu International Airport in Nagoya.
The Puerto Rican didn't appear to be feeling the tiring effects of a long journey, and instead seemed really relaxed and confident, ahead of his first world title bout.
Gonzalez stated that he was new to Japan but was happy to be in such a beautiful city, before speaking about Tanaka. When it comes to the 3-weight world champion Gonzalez stated that Tanaka was speed, but that he was faster and smart and that he would take the belt back with him.
Interestingly Kiyoshi Hatanaka, who met with Gonzalez and promotes Kosei Tanaka, stated that Gonzalez was smaller than expected.
Over this coming week Tanaka and Gonzalez will both take part in a public work out, their medical, signing ceremony and weigh ins as we build towards the fight on Saturday.
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On August 24th we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending the WBO Flyweight title against Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13). Ahead of that fight CBC, the channel broadcasting the fight in the Chukyo region of Japan, will be showing various events from fight week, not just the fight.
Today it was revealed that CBC would be airing Tanaka's media work out on Monday August 19th, from around 2PM local time. They will then follow that up with the signing ceremony, pre-fight press conference and weigh in on August 23rd, starting from 1PM local time.
The events will be featured as part of a special section on the CBC website which can be accessed here - https://hicbc.com/sports/highfiveweb/
It's worth noting that CBC's Highfiveweb also featured a recent sparring special feature that included Kosei sparring with his brother Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], which can be seen below.
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Later this month we'll see Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending his WBO Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13). We'll also see Kosei's brother Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明] take part in his next amateur competition, as he looks to secure a place in the 2020 Olympics.
Today the two Tanaka brothers took part in a shared public practice event, which actually saw the two talented men sparring against each other at the Hatanaka gym.
Before getting in the ring together the two men spoke about what they have coming up. For Kosei the sparing was particularly useful as his brother, like Gonzalez, is a southpaw giving Kosei some ring time with a lefty. That was something that Kosei himself spoke about as well stating he is looking to make for an exciting fight with Gonzalez, and make the most of his speed.
Ryomei admitted that he doesn't know when his next bout will be, though certain Japanese news sources have suggested it may be towards the end of this month as he looks to qualify for the Olympics. Interestingly those news sources have actually suggested that he may actually battle against former professional world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] at some point, with the two men both battling for the same Olympic place.
As for the spar it was 2 rounds that saw both men show what they could do. Ryomei made the most of his southpaw jab, and his technical ability was on show, whilst Kosei countered well with his straight right hand and his speed
Their father, and trainer, over watched the spar and told the media that his two sons have different style, but both were well tuned, and it seems that both are pretty much fighting fit, apart from Ryomei having a small cut over his left eye. That cut is likely to be fully healed shortly though.
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According to reliable Japanese sources former world title challenger Genesis Servania (32-2, 15) has been added to the August 24th card at the Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, in Nagoya. Not only has he been added to the card, but we also know his opponent for the show.
The talented, though flawed, Servania was last seen in action back in February, when he was almost shut out by the talented, but light hitting, Carlos Castro in Fresno California. That bout showed how limited Servania was when a fighter moved, and used speed and movement, rather than stood and traded with him, as Oscar Valdez did in their thrilling 2017 WBO world title fight. Sadly the loss to Castro killed all the momentum that Servania had and has left his career in need of a real rebuild from the Kashimi Gym which now manage him.
The first step of that rebuilding process will see Servania take on limited Indonesian journeyman Erick Deztroyer (12-5-1, 3) in an 8 round bout being fought at a contracted 57.6KG's, or just under 127lbs.
As mentioned this will be Servania's first bout since losing to Castro in February. For Deztroyer however it will be his first bout since being dominated in April by Mark Magsayo, who stopped him in 4 rounds. That was Deztroyer's first bout in over a year, and he really took a hammering before being stopped, in what was his second stoppage loss. Interestingly this will be the second time Deztroyer has fought in Japan, and the second time he'll have fought a former world title challenger, having lost to Hiroshige Osawa in November 2017 in Sanda, Hyogo.
The bout has been added as a swing bout on the card which will be headlined by Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending his WBO Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) of Puerto Rico. That card will also feature Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人]taking on world ranked Filipino Jaysever Abcede (19-8, 12).
On August 24th Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] will make his second defense of the WBO Flyweight title, as he takes on mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) from Puerto Rico.
Today, a month before that bout, Tanaka took part in a media spar for the press looking to see what he looks like a month out.
For that spar Tanaka was joined by former world title challenger Riku Kano (15-4-1, 8) [加納 陸], with the two men spending 4 rounds in the ring together.
Prior to the spar Tanaka spoke to the press, revealing he had spend time in the Philippines, training and sparring with world ranked Pinoys to prepare for the bout, with the next few weeks focusing more on preparing for Gonzalez and his southpaw stance.
Through the spar Tanaka looked really sharp, fighting well behind his jab before opening up more of his arsenal, and leaving Kano a little bit in awe. It's obvious he's prepared hard already and is in great shape, though is now fine turning his preparations for what will be his first bout against a non-Asian since his win against Angel Acosta more than 2 years ago, who like Gonzalez is from Puerto Rico.
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