Earlier today we were sent a link to a Venezuelan paper with a story regarding unbeaten fighter Alexis Diaz (16-0, 10). According to the story Diaz will be the first challenger for WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8), who won the belt on New Year's Eve when he defeated Alberto Rossel.
The story, published by http://www.liderendeportes.com, states that Diaz has been told that he will be getting a world title fight against Taguchi on February 27th. Whilst we suspect the date is wrong, knowing that Taguchi is eyeing up a May return to the ring, it does seem plausible that Diaz is going to be the opponent for Taguchi.
The unbeaten Venezuelan fighter stated that he got the news and went straight in to training under the guidance of Henry Centeno. The fighter seems to know that the fight will be a difficult one and that he will have to training more than ever to be ready for the champion.
Diaz is relatively unknown outside of Latin America however the 27 year old has an unbeaten record that dates back to his debut back in 2011. During his 16 fight career he has claimed the Venezuelan Flyweight title and the WBA Fedelatin Minimumweight and beaten several interesting names, including former world title challengers Jorle Estrada and Luis De La Rose, both of whom were stopped by Merlito Sabillo. Those wins have seen Diaz receive world rankings with the WBO (#2), WBA (#4) and the IBF (#7) though all 3 of those rankings are at Minimumweight.
Although it seems unlikely that the Venezuelan media has the right date here the bout it's self does seem like a realistic one for Taguchi to be involved in and it may be that this will be the fight we see Taguchi in come May. Alternatively it could a simple misunderstanding and instead the bout is one of many we see fall apart before they are even formally announced.
(Original story is available here and we want to send a huge thanks to Massimo for alerting us to the story, image courtesy of Watanabe)
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