At the work out Taguchi stated that his next target was WBO Light Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成], in what would be a very rare all-Japanese unification bout.
Taguchi and his team, including his trainer, seemed to be really excited about the prospect of the match up. In fact we suspect any fan of the lower weights would be interested in the bout. Part of that interest is from the obvious, all Japanese unificaiton angle, part is from the styles of the two men whilst another is from the fact the two men sparred last year, with both indicating they would like to fight back then.
Although everyone from Taguchi's seemed to suggest that they would be chasing the bout it was clear that the bout wasn't a done deal and that the two teams would have issues to solve before they could fight, including issues with television contracts, given that Watanabe have a deal with TV Tokyo whilst Tanaka is with CBC, which is a sister channel of TBS.
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