The youngster, who is currently taking part in the " Seijin no Hi" or "Coming of Age" ceremony in Japan, is returning to training with the intention of showing his growth as not only a fighter but also a young man. A young man who has out grown the 105lb Minimumweight limit and grown into the 108lb division.
Tanaka made the first, and likely to be only, successful defense of the WBO Minimumweight title on New Year's Eve and is now hoping to return to the ring in April or May to fight in a Light Flyweight world title fight. At the moment it's unclear which champion he is targeting but with three titles held in Japan he does have options including Akira Yaegashi, Ryoichi Taguchi and Yu Kimura. Whilst all three of those champions will be looking to make their own plans a bout with Tanaka may well be more interesting to them than any other options.
The talented 20 year old is hoping to set another speed record, the target is to become the "quickest" 2-division world champion in history, breaking the record of domestic rival Naoya Inoue. He already holds the Japanese speed records for the quickest to hold a world title, 5 fights, and an OPBF title, 4 fights. Notably his OPBF title win, against Ryuji Hara, came against someone who shares a gym not just with Inoue but also Yaegashi who is a possible target for Tanaka.