Earlier today we revealed that the proposed WBO/WBA Light Flyweight unifcation bout between Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6) [田中恒成] and Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一] would not be taking place in December, as had been originally hoped. That was due to the fact that Tanaka has suffered fractures to both of his orbitals.
Despite the unification being off, for now, that doesn't mean that Taguchi is going to just sit and wait. Instead a statement was released from Taguchi's promoter, Watanabe Gym, to announce that as a result of Tanaka's injuries we'll instead see Taguchi defend his title in December.
At the moment it's unclear who Taguchi will actually face, but Watanabe are looking around for suitable opponents, whilst seemingly planning to have their man fight Tanaka in 2018, with Summer or Fall seemingly the most probable month for the bout.
Taguchi is actually free to negotiate his next defense with anyone ranked in the WBA top 15. This could mean that Watanabe look for an interesting match against the most notable names contender, or that they instead look to keep Taguchi safe, ahead of a potentially rescheduled date for the Tanaka meeting, or a mandatory in the Spring, likely around the Golden Week.
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