Earlier today Japanese promotional outfit Watanabe held a prep meeting featuring their world championship pairing of Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] and Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一], the WBA Super Flyweight and WBA Light Flyweight champions.
The rally saw Watanabe announce that the two men would be defending their world titles on August 31st at the Ota Ward Gymnasium.
At the event Watanabe, nor the fighters, publicly announced the opponents for the two champions but rumours have swirled that both may face WBA mandatory challengers.
For Taguchi that would mean a show down with countryman Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) [宮崎 亮], himself a former WBA Minimumweight champion whilst Kono could be facing interim champion Luis Concepcion (34-4, 24), in what could potentially be a FOTY contender.
Whilst both of those bouts have been ordered by the WBA there are some rumours that both bouts will be "delayed" until December 31st, and will instead occur on a big Watanabe end of year show, along with the return of Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志], who was at today's event to show support for his stablemates.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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