Tanaka's manager, Kiyoshi Hatanaka, also stated his intentions were to allow Tanaka to follow that goal. Mr Hatanaka said he will support Tanaka in making a world title bout with that being his firm commitment and that Tanaka had the full support of all the staff at the Hatanaka gym.
Again none of that was really news though it does seem clear that the team are well in talks to secure a world title bout and we suspect it will be formally in early February, dependent on the upcoming WBC title fight between Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12) and Jeffrey Galero (11-0, 5) which is set for February 5th. If the winner of that WBC bout is unable to fight Tanaka then the suggestion is the Japanese youngster will get a shot at the WBO title which may be vacated by Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11).
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