Earlier today we were informed that fast rising Japanese super prospect Kosei Tanaka (3-0, 1) has been preparing for his upcoming OPBF Minimumweight title fight with Ryuji Hara (18-0, 10) by sparring with former world champion Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10).
At the moment Tanaka is just a few weeks from the biggest fight of his career and a win will boost his standing in the sport massively. As for Takayama this sparring effectively kicks off his return to full on training following his recent loss to Francisco Rodriguez Jr. It seems likely that when he returns to the ring for his next bout he could be getting a chance to reclaim a world title.
Tanaka, dubbed "The monster of Chukyo", is touted by many in Japan as the next star and many seem to feel that if he beats Hara he will move on to a world title fight in 2015 in a possible attempt to create a new Japanese national record for fewest fights to become a world champion. The current record, of 6 fights, is held by Hara's stablemate Naoya Inoue and that seems to be a clear target of Tanaka's with some feeling he is actually a more talented fighter than Inoue
Tanaka's fight with Hara will take place on October 30th at the Korakuen Hall and is one of the bouts that has excited us from the day it was agreed. Hopefully it'll be as good as we expect and the winner will move on to a world title bout at some point next year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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