On debut Tanaka defeated the then WBO #6 ranked Oscar Raknafa via a very impressive 6 round decision. It's been announced today that Tanaka will return to face another world ranked fighter, this time the WBA #15 ranked Ronelle Ferreras (13-6-2, 5).
Having been a stand out amateur, with 4 school boy titles, Tanaka has been viewed by many as "the next Inoue" or "the next Ioka", the next young Japanese superstar in the making. With his ambitious matchmaking you can't question the youngster's belief and with his performance against Raknafa you also can't doubt his excellent talent and surprising power.
In regards to Ferreras it's fair to say the Filipino will not be coming to lose. He'll know his world ranking is something Tanaka desperately wants and will be looking to use his experience to defeat the young upstart.
Aged 28 Ferreras is a "man" fighting a "boy" and will be hoping his maturity and experience will help him over come on of the truly elite young fighters. Unfortunately for Ferreras he did lose last time out to Roque Lauro, though he'll certainly be wanting to put that to the back of his mind.
Tanaka/Ferreras will serve as the main event on a card that also features Yushi Tanaka (11-0-3, 7) defending his WBC Bantamweight youth title for the second time. Unfortunately Yushi Tanaka is yet to have his opponent announced