Kosei Tanaka Annihilates Wulan Tuolehazi in three!
Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9 KOs) did as he pleased before eventually destroying Wulan Tuolehazi (13-4-1, 6 KOs) in three rounds to retain the WBO Flyweight title for the third time at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The defending champion started the fight aggressively over the first two rounds. He threw quick, hard jabs and left-right combinations to the head and body. Tuolehazi fought with patience and would attempt to counter, but was much too slow for the fast and very sharp Tanaka.
Tanaka continued to dominate in round three. With forty-two seconds to go in the round, with the challenger against the ropes, he struck with a beautiful and vicious right-uppercut, double left-uppercut combination square on the chin of Tuolehazi, who went down and out. The challenger stayed on the canvas for several minutes before eventually rising to his feet and walking to his corner for medical attention.
To be fair, this was far from Tanaka’s toughest test. However, he took care of business by disposing of an undermanned opponent in a manner you’d expect from an elite fighter. He is improving with each outing and reaching his prime, proving to be deserving of Pound for Pound acclaim.
It is anticipated that the 24-year-old will move up to the super flyweight division in 2020. Hardcore boxing heads are already salivating about a super fight against the likes of WBC 115lb champion Juan Francisco Estrada.
In October 2019, Tanaka expressed a desire to fight in the United States during a special 11-day training camp in Nevada. If he lives up to what he says, you may well see the fighter known as “Dream Boy” follow in the footsteps of countryman Naoya Inoue and make inroads in the States.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.