On New Year's Eve Watanabe had two of their fighters successfully defend their world titles. Those champions were Super Featherweight kingpin Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20) and Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10), who ended the year on top along side Super Flyweight stablemate Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13).
At a press conference following the December 31st bouts the promoters seemed to suggest the immediate future of their champions was set.
The next bout for Uchiyama appears to be set for the US with the champion apparently set to face Nicholas Walters, though it seems like Watanabe are open to bouts with Yuriorkis Gamboa or Javier Fortuna, also in the US.
For Taguchi the hope is that he will secure a unification bout with a fellow Japanese champion, either WBC title holder Yu Kimura or IBF champion Akira Yaegashi. There is however a possible bout with Randy Petalcorin is also being considered.
For Kono the next bout appears to be his long awaited clash with Rex Tso in Macau. That appears to be a done deal and is likely to be in Spring and going to be an absolute war when the men get into the ring.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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