WBA CREATES ANOTHER PAPER CHAMPIONSHIP
In December, Ryoichi Taguchi unified his WBA 108-pound championship with the IBF version by defeating Milan Melindo. Rather than encourage its stated goal of title unification and moving towards a single champion, the WBA has named Taguchi a super champion and created a "regular" title in the same weight division which will be determined this Sunday in Kobe, Japan. Vying for the vacant trinket will be Venezuela's Carlos Caņizales (19-0-1) and Japan's Reiya Konishi (15-0). Caņizalez, age 25, fought Taguchi to a draw in 2016, so he at least has world credentials. Konishi on the other hand has a mostly padded record, has only fought in the 105-pound division and his last opponent was just 8-7. While Konishi is the Japanese 105-pound champion, he has never beat anyone close to resembling a contender in any weight class.