Yesterday WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] successfully retained his title, stopping Venezuelan veteran Juan Jose Landaeta (27-9-1, 21). The win was Taguchi third world title defense and already attention has turned to his next bout.
Earlier today at a press conference it was hinted that Taguchi's next bout could be an all-Japanese bout with 3 domestic opponents all being named.
Those possible opponents were former WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中 恒成], who makes his Light Flyweight debut on May 28th against Rene Patilano, former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] and current Japanese Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (7-0, 4) [拳 四朗].
Although none of those opponents have been signed or sealed it's clear that all 3 men are in the hunt for a Light Flyweight world title fight and with Taguchi seemingly happy to look at all 3 men it may mean that all 3 will be in talks with Watanabe about securing a bout with the champion.
Interestingly it was also suggested that Taguchi's next bout will scheduled for August, meaning that those contenders may be wanting to be the first to strike a deal with the champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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