This past weekend we saw Filipino fighter Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21) retain his WBO Light Flyweight title with a clear but hard fought decision win against Mexican warrior Francisco Rodriguez Jr (17-3-1, 11). The win was a really good one for Nietes who continues to look for the accolades that some other recent Filipino fighters has had.
Whilst the win was a good one for Nietes we've since been told that two notable Japanese fighters were in attendance for the bout with both possibly looking at Nietes a potential future opponent.
One of those fighters is current WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9) who recently posted a blog entry stating that he was in the Philippines for a training camp. Taguchi said he was impressed by Nietes who managed to control Rodriguez at times in the bout. Notably it seems that Taguchi has also been sparring with Rocky Fuentes whilst in the country.
The other Japanese fighter was WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 1) who has spoken of a future move to 105lbs. Tanaka may well have been viewing Nietes as a potential foe for when he moves up. Incidentally Tanaka currently holds a title that Nietes previously held.
Interestingly the two Japanese fighters also appear to have met up with Light Flyweight great Myung Woo Yuh, who is pictured centre. When talking about the Light Flyweight division few can match the greatness of the former WBA champion.
(Image courtesy of Ryoichi Taguchi's blog)
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