Tanaka: “I’ve Been Polishing My Jab Again”

Kosei Tanaka Looking To Become An Even Better Fighter

Kosei Tanaka
Kosei Tanaka

Kosei Tanaka Looking To Become An Even Better Fighter


Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8 KO’s) is in the middle of preparation for the third defense of the WBO World Flyweight title against Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6 KO’s) on December 31 at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

On December 2, the 24-year-old held a public workout session in his hometown of Nagoya, Japan for the local media. Along with the usual work on the pads and mitts, Tanaka sparred four rounds against Jayson Mama (14-0, 7KO’s). Mama ranks 5th with the IBF and  9th with the WBO at 112-pounds.

Showing great form, he put on a show in front of the local press. His jab and movement was quick as he landed accurate combinations throughout. The local star was very sharp overall and told the media afterward he’s emphasizing improving his jab.

“I have been polishing jab again because there were a lot of wins, but the jab lately I couldn’t keep pace. I am in good condition”.

Expressing a self-critique and showing the willingness to improve on a perceived weakness is an admirable trait for any athlete. It speaks to a desire to be the best you can be. And in sparring the likes of world-rated Mama, that speaks to the confidence of the defending champion and his handlers.

The three-time, three-division (strawweight, light flyweight, flyweight) world champion is one of the most complete fighters in the sport who can do a bit of everything in the ring.

Already one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport, if he can improve on his already well-rounded arsenal, that spells trouble not only for Tuolehazi on December 31, but his future opponents as well.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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