One of those goals, in fact one that Tanaka will pursue actively in 2017, is a unification bout. The youngster said that he would like to face one of the other Japanese world champions at Light Flyweight, either WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11) [田口良一] or IBF champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東].
A unification bout would allow Tanaka to achieve another goal, expanding the awareness of his. Despite his achievements he hasn't yet become tje national star like Inoue and will know that a unification will help him build more fan awareness in Tokyo.
The fighter also repeated his long term aim of becoming a 5-weight champion, though it does seem that that is still some way from happening with the youngster seemingly not ready to move to Flyweight quite yet. Interestingly when he moves up again he could be looking at setting a new record for the fewest fights needed to become a 3-weight champion, a record held by compatriot Kazuto Ioka.
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