By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten enfant terrible Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7 KOs) 112, impressively seized his third WBO belt in his only twelfth bout as he, still 23, positively put on an aggressive performance from the outset, whipped defending champ Sho Kimura (17-2-2, 10 KOs), 111.75, and pounded out a majority but well-received decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Nagoya, Japan. Zoltan Enyedi (Hungary) and Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines) saw the all-action fight 116-112 and 115-113 both for the challenger, and Donald Trella (US) had it 114-114. The referee was Mark Nelson (US).
Tanaka tied the record of Vasiliy Lomachenko gaining world belts in three categories in fewest bouts in history. Hi-Tech was 11-1 upon his achievement, having suffered the one and only setback at the hand of Orlando Salido in his second pro bout, while Tanaka is 12-0 with no blemish on his career since November 2013. Continue reading “Tanaka-Kimura: Full Report”