It's fair to say that 2014 ended with Watanabe gym flying high. The year might, for the most part, have been a very frustrating one for a number of it's fighter, but it ended on a real high with the gym having 3 world champions and a unified Japanese and OPBF champion. That high looks set to continue and the gym are already suggesting that we may see an historic first in May.
What the gym are suggesting is that all 3 of their world champions, Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18), Kohei Kono (20-8-1, 13) and Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8) could all defend their world titles on the same show. The show in question is hinted at occurring in May and it would be the first time that 3 fighters from the same gym all defended world titles on the same show
In the past Japanese fans have been treat to world title triple-headers but never with 3 fighters from the same gym all defending world titles. The closest have been cases where we've seen two fighters from a gym defending their crowns whilst a fighter from another gym has been defending their title. One such example came on April 8th 2011 when Teiken promoted a triple header which saw Takahiro Ao and Toshiaki Nishioka retaining their titles whilst Hozumi Hasegawa unfortunately lost his, at the time Nishioka and Ao were both Teiken fighters whilst Hasegawa was managed by Shinsei Gym.
Unfortunately if this comes to fruition it would rule out a unification bout Kono and Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7), a bout that would also have occurred in the Spring.
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