Earlier today saw several announcements in Japan, one of which involved the future of Japanese wonder-kid Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中恒成].
The news with Tanaka is two fold, firstly he has vacated the WBO Minimumweight title, a move that wasn't a shock by any stretch of the imagination. The news of Tanaka vacating has been joined by the announcement that he will now be fighting at 108lbs. Again no shock given his recent link to a WBO world title fight at Light Flyweight.
The other part of the news is Tanaka's return to the ring which we now know will take place on May 28th and see him face the IBF ranked Filipino Rene Patilano (15-1-2, 7), a really testing opponent at the weight.
Tanaka, as we know, raced to a world title last year, winning the WBO Minimumweight title in just his 5th professional bout. He had hoped to set a speed record for being a 2-weight champion but it appears that that opportunity hasn't arisen, so instead he will be facing Patilano in what looks like bout to adapt to the new weight.
Patilano on the other hand is once beaten Filipino hopeful, who suffered his sole loss back in 2012, against Jayar Estremos. Since then he has gone 8-0-1, with his most notable result being an 8th round technical draw with Randy Petalcorin, back in 2013. He does however also hold a win over Lionel Legada. Notably though this will be his first bout outside of the Philippines.
The announcement of the bout also stated the venue of the contest, which will be the International Conference Hall in Nagoya, the venue that Tanaka fought his first 3 bouts at.
(Image courtesy of http://www.hochi.co.jp)
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