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Kosei Tanaka-Jonathan Gonzalez Set For 8/24 In Nagoya, Japan

By Jake Donovan

Kosei Tanaka gets a true home game for his next fight.

The unbeaten three-division titlist and reigning flyweight beltholder from Japan is set for his next title defense, which will come versus Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Gonzalez. The bout will take place August 24 at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in Tanaka’s hometown of Nagoya, Japan.

Full details were announced Wednesday in Japan, confirming that a deal had been reached just as the bout was heading for a purse bid hearing at World Boxing Organization (WBO) headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Tanaka (13-0, 7KOs) will make the second defense of the WBO flyweight title he claimed in this very venue, when he scored a 12-round win over Sho Kimura last September. Their fierce war was honored by and several other outlets as the 2018 Fight of the Year.

It also made Tanaka a three-division titlist after just 12 pro bouts, matching Vasiliy Lomachenko just five months prior as the quickest to ever accomplish the feat.

His lone defense came this past March, soundly outpointing countryman and former junior flyweight king Ryoichi Taguchi in Gifu, Japan.

In addition to his win over Kimura, Tanaka registered arguably the second best win of his career at this same venue—defending his previously held 108-pound titlie over then-unbeaten Angel Acosta in May 2017. Acosta would go on to capture the belt Tanaka vacated later that year, still in possession of said crown.

Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13KOs) travels to Japan for the first time in his career, in what also serves as his first shot at a major title. The 28-year old Boricua southpaw has won his last four starts, including a 10-round win over Julian Yedras—whom Tanaka defeated for his first major title in their May 2015 strawweight title fight. 

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by just the facts on 05-29-2019

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;19781576]Yeah. They are Hahahaha Fuentes? They guy has like 6 years shot. Nery beat Yamanaka , the best bantamweight and champion from Japan[/QUOTE] Nery didn't beat Yamanaka while making weight and/or without the help of PEDs

Comment by BigZ44 on 05-29-2019

[QUOTE=JakeNDaBox;19781652]My guess is that he will soon move up to 115, as he wants to fight the winner of Ioka-Palicte if not later this year then by 1st quarter of 2020. My next story will explain why a rematch with…

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 05-29-2019

[QUOTE=BigZ44;19781568]Alright, deal with the #1 contender, then hopefully a unification or 2nd fight with Kimura[/QUOTE] My guess is that he will soon move up to 115, as he wants to fight the winner of Ioka-Palicte if not later this year…

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 05-29-2019

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;19781576]YNery beat Yamanaka , the best bantamweight and champion from Japan[/QUOTE] ... and twice had to cheat to do so. Not the best example, though hardly matters as they will never be in the same weight class.

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 05-29-2019

[QUOTE=ThunderFists;19781549]Yeah because angel acosta, taguchi, fuentes and kimura are tomato cans? He should become a juicehead like nery[/QUOTE] Yeah. They are Hahahaha Fuentes? They guy has like 6 years shot. Nery beat Yamanaka , the best bantamweight and champion from…

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