Japanese promoter, and former world champion, Kiyoshi Hatanaka, has confirmed what everyone with an ear to the ground already knew. He is pursuing a world title fight for his fast rising hopeful Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) with a hope of setting up a world title bout for the 19 year old Tanaka in April. What he did add however was that there no particular champion set for Tanaka and that the options for the youngster are still open.
Although no opponent has be determined for Tanaka there is 2 clear names being linked to him. One of those is WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12), who is set to defend his belt against the unbeaten Jeffrey Galero (11-0, 5) on February 2nd, whilst the other is Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11), the unified WBO and IBF world champion.
We suspect that Mr Hatanaka is keeping his options open though has promised that the show will be a good one and is likely to take place in Nagoya as Tanaka attempts to break the Japanese record for fewest fights to a world title. Incidentally if he faces, and beats, Takayama then we'd see Tanaka becoming the quickest ever unified champion and the 3rd fastest male world champion in history, sitting only behind Thai legends Saensak Muangsurin, who did it in 3 fights, and Veeraphol Sahaprom, who did it in 4 fights.
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