March 15, 2014


The earlier the better? This logic stands especially in Asia, where Saengsak Muangsurin won a world belt in his third professional bout, Veeraphol Sahaprom in his fourth and Kazuo Ioka in his seventh. It seems a short distance race here to compete for how fast he runs to climb up to the summit. An 18-year-old rookie, formerly four-time national high school champ Kosei Tanaka (1-0) will again face a world contender, WBA#13 minimum Ronelle Fererras (13-6-2, 5 KOs), PABA interim titlist, in his second professional bout tomorrow (Sunday) in Nagoya, Japan. A baby-faced Tanaka, in his debut, already defeated WBO#6 Oscar Reknafa by a unanimous decision (60-53, 60-54, 59-55) over six rounds last November. His manager/promoter, ex-WBC 122-pound champ Kiyoshi Hatanaka predicts Tanakafs triumph over Fererras and plans to book another world contender in the prospectfs third pro bout.

In a supporting bout, another Tanaka though not a brother, unbeaten Yushi Tanaka (11-0-3, 7 KOs) will defend his WBC Youth bantamweight belt against Indonesian John Bajawa over ten rounds. Tanaka, 22, seized the WBC Youth belt by beating Filipino Vergel Nebran on points and kept it once against Thailander Norasing Patanakangym via first round knockout. His handler Hatanaka wonft rush WBC#37 Tanaka to the top so soon but wishes to have him more experienced through his defenses of the WBC Youth belt until he gets rated higher.

We will watch the dual Tanakafs good performance tomorrow.


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