Earlier today saw the return to the gym of WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中 恒成] who returned to the Hatanaka gym ahead of a much talked about move to Light Flyweight.
The youngster, who made the sole defense of the WBO Minimumweight title on New Year's Eve, when he stopped Vic Saludar, has declared his intention of becoming a 2-weight world champion this year and seems to have admitted that the move has been forced upon him as his growing frame has struggled to lose the weight to make 105lbs.
The youngster spent about an hour doing a work out for the media, which saw him working up sweat whilst shadow boxing and hitting the bag. He also confessed that he wasn't fully happy in his bout against Saludar, confessing that his speed wasn't what he had been hoping for, and issue that may have been down to his struggles to make weight.
The highly touted youngster set a speed record for Japanese boxing last year, winning a world title in just his 5th professional bout. It seems he now has his eyes on a world record, winning a second divisional title in his 7th bout. He will however need a more impressive performance than the one against Saludar if he's to dethrone one of the champions at 108lbs. He'll be hoping that preparing for that bout already will help the performance.
(Image courtesy of Mainichi.jp and Yu Kishimoto)
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