On December 31st 2017 we saw Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12) [田口良一] add the IBF and Ring magazine titles to his WBA title as he became a rare unified champion at Light Flyweight, thanks to a clear decision win over Milan Melindo.
As a result of Taguchi's win the WBA have awarded him the WBA Boxer of the Month, an accolade showing his achievements through the month of December are very highly regarded by the body from Panama.
Not only has Taguchi become the WBA's boxing of the month for December but he was also awarded the status of WBA Unified chamoion, due to unifying the WBA and IBF titles. This has lead to the WBA's regular title now becoming vacant, as per their rankings.
On one hand this suggests the WBA's aim of only having 1 champion isn't going to happen, at least not quite yet, but on the other hand it does look like we're being moved towards a very interesting match up for the vacant regular title.
The #1 ranked fighter is former Taguchi foe Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16) whilst the #2 ranked fighter is Japanese national Minimumweight champion Reiya Konishi (15-0, 5) [小西伶弥], who has indicated that he's set to vacate the Japanese title to pursue a Light Flyweigth world title bout.
Although not a done deal it's hard not to get a little bit excited by that potential clash, which could well take place in early 2018 for the now vacant world title.
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