WBO Flyweight Champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0-0, 7KO) and storied world class veteran Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12KO) gave us a thriller this morning (or last night, depending on which part of the world you occupy), and delivered on the fights promise to produce yet another high action bout in the Flyweight division.
As usual, Taguchi (#4 WBO world contender) was very game, taking it to Tanaka, however Tanaka proved to be too skilled, with too many resources for Taguchi to overtake, as Tanaka willed his way to a competitive, but comfortable unanimous decision victory over the acclaimed challenger and former Junior-Flyweight kingpin, to defend his WBO Flyweight title for the 1st time.
Taguchi now has the claim of facing Japan’s 2 best fighters in Kosei Tanaka & Naoya Inoue, the only fighters that I felt he personally lost to. It would be interesting to hear him compare the two fighters…
While Kosei Tanaka is P4P one of the best boxers in the world, he is now also becoming one of the most exciting fighters in the world, earning the reputation of a warrior after enduring 4 or 5 fights in a row that either produced some type of real challenge, or difficult circumstances that he had to overcome in the middle of the fight, (tough fights against elite competition in Angel Acosta, Sho Kimua, Ryoichi Taguchi, surviving being knocked down by Ronnie Baldonado to get the TKO win, and ovecoming having both his orbital bones broken against Rangsan Chayanram, and still securing the victory).