More Sports / Boxing Dec 6, 2017

Kosei Tanaka gives up light flyweight belt

Kosei Tanaka has returned his World Boxing Organization light flyweight championship belt and will move up to the flyweight division he announced Wednesday. "I want to do my best on a new note in the flyweight class," Tanaka told a press conference in Nagoya. "There ...

More Sports / Boxing Sep 20, 2017

WBO champ Tanaka sidelined with broken eye sockets

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 Wednesday the 22-year-old, who sustained the injuries defending his ...

Tanaka wins second title defense with TKO in ninth

More Sports / Boxing Sep 13, 2017

Tanaka wins second title defense with TKO in ninth

Kosei Tanaka set the stage for a light flyweight title unification bout when he defended his World Boxing Organization crown in the weight category Wednesday at Edion Arena Osaka. The fight against 13th-ranked contender Rangsan Chayanram of Thailand, who fights under the name of Palangpol ...

Tanaka, 19, claims WBO minimumweight title

More Sports / Boxing May 30, 2015

Tanaka, 19, claims WBO minimumweight title

Kosei Tanaka won the WBO minimumweight crown on Saturday in his fifth pro fight, defeating Julian Yedras of Mexico by unanimous decision. The 19-year-old Tanaka, ranked second in the division, established a Japanese record for the fewest fights needed to win a world title by ...