Earlier today in Japan it was announced that WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1,8) would be making the first defence of his title on May 6th. Unfortunately however his opponent is the less than inspiring Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-3-1, 26).
Although Kwanthai is a former world champion, holding the WBA Minimumweight title for a short period before being shocked by Muhammad Rachman, he is a fighter who hasn't scored a win if note in several years, and his stand out with was a razor thin decision over Pigmy Kokietgym back in 2010
Taguchi is one of 3 world champions at the Watanabe gym, along side Takashi Uchiyama and Kohei Kono. He's the youngest of those champions and is seen as the future of the gym. For many Taguchi is best known for going the distance with Naoya Inoue back in 2013 however his win over Alberto Rossel at the end of 2014 was by far the best win on his record.
The Taguchi/Kwanthai bout will serve as one of 3 world title bouts on this show. The star attraction will see Uchiyama defending his Super Featherweight crown against the unbeaten Jomthong Chuwatana whilst female stablemate Kayoko Ebata will fight for the WBO female Minimumweight title against Kumiko Seeser Ikehara.
Unfortunately Watanabe's plans of having all 3 of their reigning world champions on the show was scuppered by the WBA declaring a mandatory between Kono and 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda.
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