On May 20th we'll see WBO Light Flyweight world champion Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成] defending his title against mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (16-0, 16). Earlier this week, ahead of that show down, Tanaka took part in a public work out.
Tanaka spent 3 rounds sparring with a Filipino partner and did some light movement and body bag work, not giving too much away, other than show casing his well known speed and movement.
As well as doing a work out the champion, along with manager Kiyoshi Hatanaka, spoke about their aim to finish Acosta in the second half of the fight, with Hatanaka admitting that finishing bouts in the second half helps with TV rating in what was a rather peculiar comment.
Tanaka stated that the key will be to use distance and a strong guard, to try and neutralise the power of Acosta. He also stated that the plan after the Acosta bout, is unification bouts with either IBF champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] or WBA kingpin Ryoichi Taguchi's (25-2-2, 11) [田口良一], with either of those men looking like possible foes for a bout towards the end of 2017.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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