clihyd : Body Building , Strength Training And More Boxing Masataka Taniguchi urges boxing followers to understand 105-pounders

Masataka Taniguchi urges boxing followers to understand 105-pounders

Masataka Taniguchi urges boxing fans to appreciate 105-pounders

Taniguchi (left) dominated Kai Ishizawa in his first WBO strawweight title protection regardless of Ishizawa weighing in 5 kilos over the 105-pound restrict. (Photograph by Naoki Fukuda)

On Friday, WBO strawweight titleholder Masataka Taniguchi will look to defend his belt towards Filipino challenger Melvin Jerusalem on the EDION Area in Osaka, Japan. 

Taniguchi’s handler, Hitoshi Watanabe, naturally expects his fighter to win convincingly however acknowledges it might be a troublesome night’s work.

“I’ve heard good issues about Jerusalem, though I examine tapes solely to get a tough grip on how he fights,” mentioned Mr. Watanabe. “In any other case, I do belief the trainers to investigate the opponents intimately and methods to prepare and battle them. We aren’t taking Jerusalem flippantly. Contemplating Taniguchi’s hard-fought profession and great progress he has made within the latest years, I imagine he’ll rating a good win together with his technical benefit, though it might not simple for him to overwhelm Jerusalem.”

Taniguchi lands a gut-punch on Ishizawa. (Photograph by Naoki Fukuda)

For Taniguchi, who’s rated No. 3 by The Ring at 105 kilos, this can be his first battle since April 2022, when he made the preliminary protection of his title with an Eleventh-round stoppage of Kai Ishizawa, who was dominated after coming in 5 kilos obese. Taniguchi captured the belt in 2021 by upsetting Wilfredo Mendez, additionally by Eleventh-round TKO, on the undercard of Naoya Inoue vs. Aran Dipaen.

“I’m so thrilled to face such a extremely reputed fighter as Melvin Jerusalem on my second world title protection,” Taniguchi (16-3, 11 knockouts) advised The Ring by way of Hank Hakoda. “He’s a [well] rounded fighter. He’s a extremely ranked contender in all 4 main organizations.”

Mr. Watanabe, who additionally works with the supremely proficient Shigeoka brothers, was eager to clarify the prolonged layoff.

“Taniguchi has had a weight concern on account of his rising physique dimension,” he mentioned. “Though [Ishizawa] within the first title protection had a extreme concern in making weight, Taniguchi additionally made an enormous effort to make his weight. Subsequently, I made a decision that he wanted sufficient bodily and psychological relaxation earlier than his subsequent bout. 

Certainly, the 28-year-old southpaw says he feels reinvigorated after the break.

“It labored very nicely,” mentioned Taniguchi. “The nine-month hiatus jogged my memory of my deeply rooted love and keenness for boxing. … After scoring a profitable victory over a formidable challenger like Jerusalem, I need to transfer on to increased phases.

“Though the strawweight division regrettably stays a minor weight division amongst boxing followers everywhere in the world, I would like them to know and expertise the distinctive pleasure that may be obtainable solely in fights in strawweight. So, please pay extra consideration to my subsequent bout. I’m prepared to point out them a battle that they will expertise solely obtainable on this division.”

In line with Mr. Watanabe, this may very well be Taniguchi’s last battle at 105 kilos.

“Our fundamental plan for Taniguchi is a change of his weight class, though we haven’t made an official announcement but,” mentioned Hatanaka. “I’ll focus on this plan extra intimately with Taniguchi and trainers to acquire consensus. 

Taniguchi after his profitable title protection towards Ishizawa. (Photograph by Naoki Fukuda)

“[I have] little question the junior flyweight division is far more appropriate for Taniguchi when taking a look at his exceptional physique body, particularly unbelievably large shoulders for his top, that are as large as middleweight fighters’. … I sit up for his higher performances in his new division, taking full benefit of his extraordinary athletic potential and bodily strengths.”

Jerusalem (19-2, 11 KOs) turned skilled in 2014. He bested former titleholder Florante Condes (MD 8) and skilled campaigner Jonathan Refugio (UD 10) on his means up. The Filipino gave then-WBC titlist Wanheng Menayothin all he may deal with in 2017, in the end shedding a 12-round unanimous choice however solely by a razor-thin margin, with the battle going down on Menayothin’s residence turf.

The 28-year-old surprisingly dropped a choice to Joey Canoy (UD 10) however has rebounded with eight successive victories, which included profitable the OPBF title. 


Our correspondent Hank Hakoda coordinated and translated this function.

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