Today saw Japanese people celebrating a major traditional festival, which marks the start of Spring and sees various events take place where beans are thrown to ward off evil spirits. Among those taking part in the festival was former 2-time WBA Super Flyweight world champion Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13) [河野 公平] and current WBA Light Flyweight king Ryoichi Taguchi's (25-2-2, 11) [田口良一].
The two men gave comments to the media as well as taking part in the bean throwing fun, sadly though neither man revealed much about their futures.
Kono stated that he was taking his time to come to a decision on whether he would be retiring or continuing with his career. It seems like the stoppage defeat to Naoya Inoue has left the "Tough Boy" questioning his future, but hasn't decided either way.
As for Taguchi it seems like the plan is to build on the disappointing performance against Carlos Canizales and he certainly seemed to feel the he needs better results this year. There was no clear match up suggested, but over the left few weeks both Taguchi and WBO champion Kosei Tanaka have mentioned unification taking place this year, possibly during the Golden Week.
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