Earlier today Takeshi Hamano, the mayor of the Shinagawa Ward, had a special visitor form two of Japan's reigning world champion, as the Watanabe gym continued their association with the local wards in Tokyo.
The world champions in question were WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11) [田口良一] and WBA Atomweight champion Yunoka Furukawa (8-1-2, 6) [古川 夢乃歌].
For Taguchi these type of visits have become a regular thing since winning his title at the end of 2014 whilst Furukawa was taking part in her first, and both proud of not only their championship status but also the honour of meeting their mayor and being part of a special event.
Although not yet announced it's widely accepted that Taguchi will be defending his title on December 31, a date that would mark the 2nd anniversary of his title win. Furukawa may also be included on that show if Watanabe are wanting to make it a triple world title show, with a rematch between Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] and WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8) also pencilled in for that date.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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