Last week we reported that WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一] was set to return to the ring on April 27th at the Ota City Gymnasium. At the time of that report there was no opponent named for Taguchi, though we have now learned that there is an opponent that has been linked to him, with the Japanese press mentioning Peruvian Alberto Rossel (34-9-0-1, 13) as a possibility.
The story, which was mentioned in this morning's Japanese press, is a really disappointing one with Taguchi having already easily beaten Rossel, in fact it was Rossel that Taguchi beat to claim the title at the end of 2014.
Since losing the title to Taguchi on December 31st 2014 Rossel has fought twice, picking up two low key wins in Peru. Despite scoring the low quality wins he has managed to get a #3 ranking in the WBA, sitting only behind "interim champion" Randy Petalcorin and Ryo Miyazaki, both of whom would make very credible threats for Taguchi.
Sadly this story sums up Taguchi's reign since he won the title. The Watanabe gym fighter has twice defended the title, though has failed to score a really good win. His first defense, last May, saw him defeat the experienced but limited Kwanthai Sithmorseng, who was bounced off the canvas numerous times, whilst his second defence saw a lacklustre Taguchi score a somewhat fortunate stoppage win over Luis de la Rosa, who retired in his corner. A rematch with the now 41 year old Rossel would be another very disappointing defense.
At the moment a deal hasn't been made with any opponent, but even the link to Rossel seems to suggest that Watanabe haven't inked a deal with a fighter, despite the bout now being about 8 weeks away.
Ryoichi Taguchi to defend title April 27th
(Image courtesy of Daily.co.jp)
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