On Sunday in Japan new world champion Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2) held a press conference, his first since winning the WBO Minimumweight title on Saturday with an excellent performance against Julian Yedras (24-2, 13).
The press conference, held in Kasugai City, saw Tanaka showing off his new belt along with slightly swollen looking eyes, but clearly pleased at his achievement.
The press conference included a number of interesting remarks from Tanaka. Among them was several comments about his weight. He admitted that making 105lbs was tough however he had no intention to move up a weight yet, it is clear though that a move in weight will come at some point. Given that he's still just 19 it would seem his long term future lies at Flyweight, if not higher.
The champion admitted that he didn't yet feel like a champion. A strange admission from the young man, though a feeling that we suspect will change over the coming days when everything sinks in.
Notably Tanaka handed the boots he wore to trainer Hideyasu Ishihara, himself a former world title challenger. From what we understand Ishihara had given the boots to Tanaka ahead of the fight as a gift and Tanaka returned them, stating that he wasn't "returning" the boots but giving them back as a new gift.
Although no plans for Tanaka's next bout have been made, there have been a lot of talking about a unification bout between Tanaka and IBF champion Katsunari Takayama. The bout seems to be one that both men would want and it's certainly one that would be easy to make, though it would seemingly depend on whether or not the IBF and WBO would be happy to allow it.
For those who missed Saturday's bout, it can be seen below in full.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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