On Wednesday WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一] defends his title against Venezuelan veteran Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-1, 21). Today those two men under-went their medical assessments ahead of the bout.
At the medical specific measurements were taken and they showed that Taguchi was a bit of a freak for a Light Flyweight, measuring in at 168cm, taller than Super Flyweight stablemate Kohei Kono who is 167.2cm. That height gives him almost 4cm of height advantage over Landaeta, who will also need to find a way around Taguchi's freakishly long 172cm reach, a reach that is longer than upcoming Super Featherweight challenger Jezreel Corrales.
Although the taller man Taguchi has a relative lack of experience compared to Landaeta, who has been in more bouts, more rounds and more world titles bouts. However at the age of 37 Landaeta is thought to have seen his best days whilst Taguchi, who is just 29, is viewed as a fighter reaching his prime.
Taguchi faces veteran Landaeta in 3rd defense
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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