So far this year the Watanabe Gym have had a special year, with real success through out the gym. That success has seen their fighters claim a number of new titles, including belts at world level, continental level and domestic level, and really come through strong after a faltering 2016.
Part of that success has been down to the strength of the gym, which has built success on top of success with the fighters encouraging each other all the way.
Earlier this week 3 of those fighters, IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人], WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一] and Japanese Super Flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai (28-7, 19) [船井 龍一], began a short training camp at the golf course in Tochigi Prefecture.
The training camp is to help Funai prepare for his title defense against Shota Kawaguchi (21-8-1, 9) [川口勝太] on December 11th and the world title defenses of Kyoguchi and Taguchi, both expected to take place on December 31st.
Although no official announcement has come from Japan regarding the end of year bouts, it has been confirmed by reports in Nicaragua that Kyoguchi will face Carlos Buitrago (30-2-1-1, 17) and some reports also suggest that Taguchi's opponent will be former foe Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16), with the two men having fought to a draw with at the end of last year.
The camp runs until November 10th, then we expect to see Watanabe make announcements regardng there end of year show.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe gym)
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