The bout in question would see Japanese youngster Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2) making his first defense against WBO #1 ranked contender Pigmy Kokietgym (57-7-2, 23). On paper it looks an impressive first defense for the youngster, who became the "quickest" Japanaese world champion in history earlier this year by winning the title in just his 5th professional bout.
Pigmy has been the #1 ranked contender since Tanaka won the title back in late May, by taking an excellent decision against Julian Yedras. There has been now major "fixing" of rankings for the bout but yet it's still a poor mandatory challenger for Tanaka who really should see off the Thai veteran.
Pigmy who made his debut in 1999, is a former 2-time contender. In his first world title fight, back in 2010, he was narrowly out pointed by Kwanthai Sithmorseng in a bout for the WBA Minimumweight title. More recently Pigmy was taken out in 8 rounds by current WBA champion Hekkie Budler. Since the loss to Budler, in June 2014, he has ran up 5 low level wins though little to explain his ranking.
Tanaka, who is one of the new wave of fast rising Japanese youngsters, has talked about a unification bout with fellow champion Katsunari Takayama. It appears that this mandatory will come first before a possible show down with Takayama either at the very end of this year, or very early next year, depending on when Tanaka faces Pigmy. Given what we know we'd not be shocked to see a unification come on TBS on New Year's Eve if both Tanaka and Takayama can successfully defend their titles in upcoming bouts.
For fans who haven't seen much of either, we have included Tanaka's title win against Yedras and Pigmy's loss to Budler below.
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