WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9) paid a courtesy visitor earlier today to Ota's mayor Tadayoshi Matsubara as part of the celebrations of his first defense, back on May 6th.
The fighter, who lives in Ota, used the opportunity to talk about the future and has stated that he will be returning to the gym soon to begin preparations for his next bout.
At the moment there is no opponent or date set in stone for his next bout however it seems like Taguchi is looking at fellow Japanese fighters and three men have been linked to him.
One of those is Japanese champion Yu Kimura (16-2-1, 3), a man Taguchi holds a stoppage over from back in 2011. Since their first bout both have improved massively and a rematch would certainly not be a bad choice.
Another if former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (23-1-3, 14). On paper this is the bout we'd most like to see and would be a thoroughly intriguing match up between two world class fighters. It also seems to be a bout that Taguchi himself wants, and we've heard Miyazaki has been wanting.
The third name linked to him is the least likely, at least for now. That is WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2) who has stated that he would like to defend his WBO title next time out. A move up in weight for Tanaka is likely to come soon, but not immediately. This however could be a great match up for 2016.
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