Last year we saw talented youngster Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6) [田中恒成] had vacate the WBO Light Flyweight title and announce that he would be chasing a Flyweight title, as he looked to become a 3-weight world champion. Sadly that announcement was made whilst Tanaka was, essentially, on the shelf due to fractures around both eyes.
Since announcing his move to Flyweight we've not seen much from Tanaka, who has been given time to recover from his injury.
Today saw sources report that Tanaka's ring return has been set for March 31st in Nagoya and will see him take on Filipino fighter Ronnie Baldonado (10-0-1, 7).
The bout will be Tanaka's 1st contest since his brutal and damaging win against heavy handed Thai Palangpol CP Freshmart and will see him fighting as a fully fledged Flyweight against a very credible foe. Although Baldonado may be relatively unknown he did have a great 2017, with stoppage wins over Ma Yi Ming and Iwan Zoda, stopping both fighters on Chinese soil. He claimed the WBO "interim" Oriental Flyweight title and is coming into this bout world ranked by the WBO at Flyweight, acting as a brilliant test for Tanaka.
We're expecting this bout to be officially announced in the next day or so and will likely be aired by CBC and TBS in Japan.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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