Yesterday fight fans got fireworks early as the WBO Minimumweight title bout between Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) and Vic Saludar (11-2, 9) gave us some explosive action before Tanaka finally saw off his Filipino foe with a body shot in round 6.
The bout, the toughest of Tanaka's so far, saw the young champion pulling himself off the canvas in round 5 before stopping Saludar in the following stanza. The knockdown was the first that Tanaka had ever suffered in a fight, professional or amateur, though the way he recovered from it was impressive.
Following the bout the youngster, and his team, held a press conference which revealed several things. Included in those was the fact that Tanaka had dedicated the win to his late grandfather, who died in November. From what we understand Tanaka had promised a KO for his grandfather, which may have explained his weird tactics for the fight.
It was also stated that Tanaka was going to move up in weight, likely to Light Flyweight, as he targets the world record for "fewest fights to become a 2-weight champion", a record currently held by countryman Naoya Inoue.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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