Japanese wunderkid Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2) has had eventful few weeks. Just over two weeks ago he set the Japanese record for the fewest fights to become a world champion as he claimed the WBO Minimumweight title in just his 5th professional contest. Yesterday he turned 20 years old and celebrated his transition from teenager to young man.
Today the Japanese media are reporting that the youngster still has a lot of big hopes for the year.
We've known ever since his excellent win over Julian Yedras that he has been wanting a unification bout with IBF champion Katsunari Takayama, it now seems that that may be his final bout at 105lbs with one source reporting that Tanaka is looking to make the move up to Light Flyweight for an end of year world title fight in late December.
At the moment the details of the idea seem to be scarce though from what we've been informed the plan is to fight on New Years Eve at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. If Tanaka does manage to beat Takayama before then, and then claim a Light Flyweight title in his 7th bout he'll have managed to create two new records. Firstly he'll become the quickest man to unify titles, in fight #6 and then he'd become the quickest 2-weight world champion in history, beating the record Naoya Inoue set last year when he claimed a second divisional title in his 8th bout.
Whilst these are, still, early days for both possible bouts it does seem that his team are determined to take their sensationally talented youngster and really go on a tear through the record books. They seem to accept they have a special fighter and know there is no reason to hold him back.
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