Today Taguchi and Kyoguchi both took part in a short press event at the Watanabe Gym and spoke about their plans for the future.
They, along with Hitoshi Watanabe, spoke about the plan for 2018 and revealed that Taguchi is planning to return to the ring in May to make his next defense of the WBA title, and his first defense of the IBF title. The plan, as has been the case all year, is to get Taguchi in there against former Minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10), who is the IBF mandatory challenger. Longer term his plan is to get his 10th title defense this year and it seems like he is very excited to get into double figures.
The plan for Kyoguchi is to let him rack up quick defense, but he isn't wanting to face limited foes to do that and instead has his eyes on a unification bouts. The key target seems to be WBO champion Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4) [山中 竜也] and he also has his eyes on the recently announced IBF eliminator between Mark Anthony Barriga (8-0, 1) and former champion Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12), with the winner likely to get a shot at the end of 2018. Before either of those bouts is a planned defense on the same card as Taguchi's bout against Budler.
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