Kosei Tanaka Training in the US!
Last time we saw WBO Flyweight world champion Kosei Tanaka in the ring was on August 24 when he stopped then-mandatory Jonathan Gonzalez in seven rounds.
Since then, there has not been an announcement of any future fights. That doesn’t mean the three-division champion (formerly a world champion at Strawweight and Light Flyweight) is not staying busy. The 24-year-old from Nagoya, Japan is currently participating in an 11-day camp at the Bones Adams Prince Rang Boxing Gym in Spring Valley, Nevada. Beginning on October 26, the goal is to get some quality sparring, as well as do some scouting for potential future fights in the US.
This is not the first time a Japanese world champion has ventured to the States to train. WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka has moved his base from Japan to Los Angeles. IBF/WBA “Regular” Bantamweight Naoya Inoue has also spent portions of his career training in California.
Tanaka is one of the best fighters in the sport with a resume on par with anyone. A complete fighter who is not afraid to fight and trade, American fans would be attracted to his style. There are potential fights that can be made stateside against quality opposition. Possible match-ups include WBC Super-Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada and IBF 115-pound champion Jerwin Ancajas.
Here’s hoping this training session eventually turns into fights in America.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.