Today it was revealed that that wouldn't be the only title fight on the show, with WBO Light Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5) [田中恒成] looking to score his second defense the title, as he takes on heavy handed Thai contender Palangpol CP Freshmart (14-1, 8) [คู่เอก พลังพล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who has long been linked to a world title fight in Japan.
For Tanaka the bout will see him return to the ring for the first time since his 12 round decision win over aggressive Puerto Rican Miguel Acosta back in May. The Japanese fighter is looking to end 2017 with a world title unification bout, likely against Ryoichi Taguchi, and it's clear that he's not wanting to have 7 months of ring rust going into that bout.
For the champion the bout will be his first world title defense outside of Nagoya, in fact it will be his first professional bout of any kind in Osaka, and will see him feature on a notable TBS brodcast, with the channel carrying the bout live in Tokyo, whilst CBC will continue to support his career on a more regional scene in the Chubu region. It's a great opportunity to impress a wider Japanese audience, and to add to the growing interest of a fight with Taguchi at the end of the year.
For the Thai challenger the bout sees him finally getting a world title fight after years of talking. Over the last few years he has been linked to both Taguchi, with the Thai reporting that was a done deal earlier this year, and Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成], as well as former Flyweight champion Alberto Rossel. This will be his first fight outside of Thailand since suffering a 7th round KO loss, on debut, against Koji Itagaki back in 2011.
Tipped as a real prospect at one point Palangpol's career has faltered and stalled in recent times with just 2 bouts last year, both against limited foes, and he's years removed from a notable win over Donny Mabao, which came early in his career. Despite this being his first world title bout, he has held a number of regional titles.
It's still thought that there will be one more big announcement about this card, but it already looks like a good one with two solid looking world title bouts already set for the show and what lookslikely to be a really good telecast.
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