WBO champions Kosei Tanaka and Miyo Yoshida are ready to defend their titles!
WBO flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8ko) will be making the third defense of the title against #10 ranked contender Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1 6ko).
Both men tipped the scale at the flyweight limit of 112lbs and are ready to do battle!
Tanaka has been steamrolling the competition en route to being a three-divisional champion and is set to be on a mega-fight collision course, with WBO junior bantamweight champion Kazuto Ioka. This provided both men are victorious in their perspective bouts with Ioka defending the title against Jevyier Cintron.
There is also the possibility of a unification bout against WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez in the near future.
The WBO champion has all the tools. Power, height, speed, skill, ring experience and crowd advantages going into the fight. He also has a pound for pound type of resume, with his only weakness being he can get caught brawling at times. However, with the possibility of such a big fight on the line, look for the champion to remain disciplined throughout the contest.
Tuolehazi is finally getting a title opportunity after winning several minor titles within the WBC and WBA. Although he has faced decent low-level competition, make no mistake this is a completely different level we are talking about.
If the Chinese fighter wants to leave behind enemy lines with some new jewelry, he will have to raise his game like an elevator going from the ground floor to the penthouse!
MIYO YOSHIDA VS LI PING SHI
Also on the card, WBO female junior bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (13-1, 0ko) will be making the first defense of the title against WBC Asian Boxing Council titlist Li Ping Shi (5-2, 2ko).
The champion weighed-in at around 114lbs, while the challenger was way less tipping the scales at almost flyweight weighing 112.25lbs.
Yoshida has the home crowd and ring experience advantages. However, it’s the disadvantages that could make this a fight as the challenger will have the height, reach, power and youth needed to be victorious.
All the titles are on the line in this Japanese triple header with the main event featuring WBO junior bantamweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14ko) defending the title against Jeyvier Cintron (11-0, 5ko).
Catch all the action at the Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, December 31st starting at 4:00 AM ET.
By: Garrisson Bland