World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka has been diagnosed with fractures in both his eye sockets and will need two months to make a full recovery.
The head of Tanaka’s gym, Kiyoshi Hatanaka, said in an interview that the 22-year-old, who sustained the injuries defending his title on Sept. 13, has been banned from sparring for three months, dashing hopes of taking on compatriot and World Boxing Association light flyweight Ryoichi Taguchi in a unification bout before the end of the year.
“(Tanaka) is a kid with a future, so I will have him take his time focusing on treatment,” said Hatanaka.
Tanaka said, “If I had not got injured I would have been able to fight (in the unification bout). I feel really bad.”
IN OTHER NEWS: Nutley, NJ --Vito Mielnicki's GH3 Promotions is gearing up for a busy fall schedule.
Middleweight Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO's) has won three in a row since his lone defeat, and that has catapulted him to world rankings of number-8 by the WBC, Number-9 by the WBA and Number-8 by the WBO. Douglas will be back in action on November 11th in Atlanta.
Undefeated Super Middleweight Ronald Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will meet Taneal Goyco on November 4th in Springfield, Virginia.
Super Bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-1-2, 8 KOs) will take place on November 18th, and will be announced in the next week.
Newly signed lightweight Thomas Mattice (9-0, 7 KO's) will make his GH3 Promotions debut on November 11th in Atlanta on the same card as Douglas.
So many kind requests from members of the boxing community from around the world, inquiring on how support can be directed to the so many needs for aid of victims the tragic earthquake which hit Mexico City and 5 others states in the country.
The WBC wishes to recommend donations to deposit in a bank account from which Carlos slim foundation will make a 5 to 1 matching contribution (Carlos Slim Foundation will contribute $5 USD per each dollar donated).
Carlos Slim’s contribution through his foundation ads to his exemplary support for boxing through ring TELMEX-TELCEL Foundation and is of tremendous importance in this time of urgency.
To donate inside of Mexico:
Banco Inbursa, S.A.
Account CLABE: 036180111111111111
Name: Carlos Slim Foundation
Also the WBC has opened the following bank account to receive donations from around the world:
BANCO MERCANTIL DEL NORTE, S.A. – BANORTE – Sucursal #2067
Account Name: WORLD BOXING COUNCIL A.C.
Account Number: 0826381248