By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Hatanaka Promotions
A sensational event will take place today (Sunday) in Nagoya, Japan, as an 18-year-old four-time national high school champ Kosei Tanaka will make a professional debut against WBO #6 Oscar Reknafa (12-3, 5 KOs), Indonesia, for six rounds at the International Conference Hall. It was Pete Rademacher that had an ambitious and reckless shot at the world heavyweight throne against Floyd Patterson only to succumb in six lopsided rounds in 1957. Lately two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, in his first professional bout, took on a world contender Jose Ramirez and disposed of him with a single body shot this October.
The local promoter, ex-WBC super-bantam champ Kiyoshi Hatanaka on such an international trend predicts, “This kid is special. Should he beat the world-rated WBO Asia Pacific 105-pound champ Reknafa, I’ll prepare a bigger target for him.” Tanaka, whose amateur mark was 46-5, 18 KOs, will be tested this afternoon.