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Home > Match Information > WBO minimumweight champ Taniguchi, challenger Jerusalem clear weigh-ins for Jan. 6 fight in Osaka

WBO minimumweight champ Taniguchi, challenger Jerusalem clear weigh-ins for Jan. 6 fight in Osaka

Jan 06, 2023 7:14 am

World Boxing Organization minimumweight champion Masataka Taniguchi of Watanabe Boxing Gym tipped the scales at the class limit of 47.6 kg while second-ranked Melvin Jerusalem of the Philippines weighed in at 46.7 kg in their official weigh-ins on Jan. 5 at a hotel in Osaka before their title fight on the following day at EDION Arena Osaka.

It will be the 28-year-old Taniguchi’s second defense of the title he won from Wilfredo Mendez of Puerto Rico in December 2021. He successfully defended the title by stopping Kai Ishizawa of M.T Boxing Gym last April.

By the same token, International Boxing Federation minimumweight champion Daniel Valladares of Mexico scaled at 47.5 kg and Taniguchi’s stablemate and fifth-ranked Ginjiro Shigeoka, 23, tipped the scales at 47.6 kg for Valladares’ first defense of the title he won last July.

Taniguchi has a record to 16 wins, including 11 knockouts, against three losses while the 28-year-old Jerusalem has a 19-2 win-loss tally with 11 KOs.

The 28-year-old Valladares has a record of 26 wins, including 15 KOs, against three losses and a draw.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Valladares has a record of 26 wins, including 15 KOs, against three losses and a draw. As for Shigeoka, he is undefeated in his eight professional bouts, six by KO.

The two scheduled 12-rounders will be held as part of the ‘’3150FIGHTVol.4’’ boxing series promoted by Koki Kameda, the head of Kameda Promotion Co.

WBO’s Asia-Pacific super featherweight title match, the Japanese heavyweight championship fight, two eight-round nontitle bouts, one six-round bout, one five-round fight and two four-round matches are also expected to be held as undercards.

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