Tanaka takes WBO strap from Kimura

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Kosei Tanaka today won the WBO Flyweight title from Sho Kimura, with a tight majority decision win in Japan.

The 12 round battle was fought at a blistering pace, with both men visibly bruised after a tough fight.

Tanaka was the busier of the two and appeared to have a wider range of punches, while former champion Kimura kept a tight guard and landed the cleaner work inside.

Judges ruled the bout in now 12-0 Tanaka’s favour, with scores of 116-112 & 115-113 giving him the win.  One card had it even at 114-114.

Victory gives Tanaka his 3rd world title at just 23 years of age.

The fight was aired live on YouTube courtesy of CBC and AsianBoxing.info.

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