By Tré Berry III🖊️
Starring in the co-headliner to the OTA-City General Gymnasium card in Tokyo, Japan, acclaimed 3-weight Titlist & current WBO Flyweight Champion 🇯🇵Kosei Tanaka (14-0-0, 8KO👊) will put his belt on the line against #10 ranked Chinese Flyweight 🇨🇳Wulan Tuolehaziv (13-3-1, 6KO👊) for what will be a 3rd defense of his WBO Title if deemed successful.
Tanaka last time against 🇵🇷Jonathan Gonzalez in August had a difficult time dealing with the shifty, talented Puerto Rican southpaw, but his timing and patience allowed for him to get closer to him, to where he closed the door on an ambitious Gonzalez for the 7th round knockout. With only 14 pro fights to his name, Tanaka is already a veteran at Championship level, with him having 8 victories in all 8 Championship bouts that he has participated in up to this point. Tanaka aspires to become the ♛RING-Flyweight World Champion in due time (that distinction is currently vacant), and he is well in position with him holding the #1 spot in terms of all contenders in the division. He is also ranked #1 by both myself and Jon Uddin as well here at Project Combat when sorting out the Flyweight picture, which goes in line towards the dominance exhibited by Tanaka throughout his time at the weight division. In truth, this fight in particular against Tuolehaziv classifies as a stay-busy fight for Tanaka while he assesses bigger future plans.
As for the challenger from Urumqi, China, his 13-3 record is a deceiving one, as he got off to a slow start in the professional ranks, losing his first 2 fights and dropping his 5th fight, falling to a record of 2-3 before he finally picked his game up that has catapulted him to 11 straight victories to garner himself a top-10 contender berth by the WBO sanctioning body. He has racked up multiple regional, as well as minor Titles throughout his career, and has had a very good 2019 year for himself, winning a WBO International Title and defending it a couple of times which further bolstered his chances of getting a major shot at the WBO World Title. He has his opportunity, and we will see what he is going to do with it. You can catch this fight on 💻FUJI TV on December 31st in Tokyo Japan.