Earlier today WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11) [田口良一] took part in a press conference, following yesterday's win over mandatory challenger Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15) [宮崎 亮].
The champion was somewhat critical of his own performance, giving himself 75 points out of 100, but his team were much more positive giving him close to 90, with Hitoshi Watanabe being impressed by his charge. Not only was Watanabe impressed by the performance but also by Taguchi's potential, suggesting that he could break Yoko Gushiken's long standing record.
Taguchi stated that he wanted another tough opponent next time out and mentioned, by name, both former WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka and current Japanese and OPBF Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro, with both of them being regarded as a tough opponent for Taguchi.
The TV figures for the show were also released this morning with the card hitting 5.8% of the Kanto audience, around 2,500,000 people in total. The figure might not seem a huge number but those close to the situation were happy with the number given that TV Tokyo shows have long depended on Takashi Uchiyama's popularity and this card didn't have KO Dynamite fighting on it.
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