WBO Light Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成] was busy earlier today as he took part in a special event at the National Assembly to speak about former boxer Iwao Hakamada, joining the long running campaign to get Mr Hakamada justice following a long term sentence on Death Row.
The young boxer spoke about his feeling and support for Mr Hakamada whilst also stating that he intended to wear a shirt to support Hakamada's cause on March 10th. That date is not only Mr Hakamada's 82nd birthday but also the day that Tanaka's stablemate Yushi Tanaka (19-1-3, 13) [田中 裕士] battles for the Japanese Bantamweight crown, facing Ryo Akaho (29-2-2, 19) [赤穂 亮], and it seems like several people at the Korakuen Hall will show their support for Mr Hakamada at the fight.
In regards to his next fight whilst we know that Tanaka will be facing mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (16-0, 16), there seems to be no set date or time, with Tanaka confirming a deal hasn't yet been reached, despite rumours of a May 20th date have circulated online for a while.
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