It wasn't just the champion at the Korakuen Hall to announce the fight, but also his upcoming foe, the once beaten Masataka Taniguchi (8-1, 6) [谷口 将隆], who will be hoping to claim a title in his second fight for one.
The heavy handed Koura has been on a tear recently stopping his last 5 oppopnents, including Abcede and Jeffrey Galero, and hasn't gone more than 4 rounds since beating Ryusei Kitamura for the 2015 Rookie of the Year crown. He's looked exciting, destructive and like a potential world champion during that run and clearly has his eyes set on something bigger and better than the Oriental crown.
Taniguchi may have a defeat against his name butthe former amateur standout will feel he was unlucky in that loss, to Reiya Konishi for the Japanese title earlier this year. He's another of the youngsters rising through the ranks at the Watanabe gym and will be hoping to following in the footsteps of Watanabe stablemates Ryoichi Taguchi and Hiroto Kyoguchi, who both currently hold world titles.
The announcement of the bout saw both men having a bit of fun, but it's clear the fun and games will step when they face off in a little over 10 weeks time in what looks like a truly sensational match up!
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