Earlier today WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一] made a courtesy visit to the Ota City mayor, Tadayoshi Matsubara, and revealed some really interesting details about his next bout.
Taguchi revealed that he would be returning to the ring, to make the third defense of his title, on April 27th at the Ota City Gymnasium. Although he didn't reveal and opponent the detail does seem to suggest several interesting things.
Firstly it comes slightly earlier than expected, with many suspecting it would fall during the "Golden Week" which begins on April 29th. It also seems to rule out a unification bout with IBF champion Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫東], who is expected to fight several days later.
Notably no opponent was mentioned, though rumours have surfaced that Taguchi may face "interim" champion Randy Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18) and rumours have also been swirling that stablemate Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] will be defending his WBA Super Flyweight title on the same show.
At the moment we are awaiting more details but it does seem likely that Watanabe have allowed Taguchi to release this information publicly with the knowledge that several other announcements are set to be made shortly. Not only Taguchi's opponent, and the next bout of Kono's, but also the announcement regarding a date and venue for Takashi Uchiyama's (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志] upcoming defense against Javier Fortuna (29-0-1-1,21), which we've heard could come on either April 30th or May 7th.
The TV situation for Taguchi's bout is also unclear, though it would seem likely that TV Tokyo would broadcast the bout on tape delay.
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