A couple of days ago we reported that Watanabe seemed set for a world title triple header on August 31st. With one of those bouts seeing Masao Nakamura (22-3, 21) [仲村 正男] face WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1-0-1, 8), as well as bouts featuring WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] and WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一]. It now seems that the rumour mill has starting putting names to both Kono and Taguchi.
From what we've been told Taguchi will, as recently reported, face mandatory challenger Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) [宮崎 亮]. That would be an all Japanese bout and a mouth watering encounter between the champion, who is looking for a notable win, and a man looking to become a 2-weight champion.
The Taguchi Vs Miyazaki bout was ordered about a week ago and although their is some talk about Watanabe and Ioka holding off until New Year Eve's it does seem like both parties may try and get the bout sorted swiftly to open up new avenues for their respective end of year shows.
For Kono it seems like a deal is nearing for him to face interim champion Luis Concepcion (34-4, 24), in what could potentially be a FOTY contender between men who should gel in the ring together.
As with the Taguchi/Miyazaki bout this will also be a mandatory for Kono and there was again talk of trying to push the bout to the end of the year, however Kono may be looking for a huge bout at the end of the year, and may see getting Concepcion out of the way as a key to a bigger bout, potentially with Rex Tso (19-0, 12) [曹星如].
At the moment the triple header, and bouts on it, is merely a rumour but it's one that is slowly gathering steam with more sources informing us of various bouts from it. It also seems clear that if the show is to be announced, it will be in the near future, with the general view being that the show would need to be announced in mid July at the latest.
Rumour- Masao Nakamura to face Jezreel Corrales in August
Kohei Kono and Ryoichi Taguchi to return on August 31st!
Ryoichi Taguchi ordered to face Ryo Miyazaki
WBA order Kohei Kono to negotiate with Luis Concepcion!
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