Dec 14 2021
Tuesday

Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan

12 rounds contest @ Minimumweight
Masataka Taniguchi
Taniguchi
Japan flag
16-1-0

est. ringwalk:

2021-12-14T10:00:00Z ()

broadcast start time:

US - N/A / UK - N/A

14-3-0

Belts on The Line

WBO World Minimumweight Championship

The tape

25
Age
27
5' 5" / 165 cm
Height
5' 4" / 162 cm
65" / 165 cm
Reach
N/A
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

TKO 9TD 7UD 12SD 10KO 6
Form
16
Wins
14
6
By KO
9
38
KO%
64
1
Losses
3
0
Stopped
0
0
Draws
0
2016
Debut
2016
110
Pro rounds
102

Current rankings @ Minimumweight

4
The Ring
8
-
WBA
-
-
WBC
-
-
WBO
1
-
IBF
5

Wilfredo Mendez vs Masataka Taniguchi preview

When is Mendez vs Taniguchi?

Wilfredo Mendez will face Masataka Taniguchi on Tuesday 14th December 2021 at Kokugikan in Tokyo.

The fight will be contested over 12 rounds in the Minimumweight division, which means the weight limit will be 105 pounds (7.5 stone or 47.6 KG).

This contest is for the WBO minimumweight championship of the world.

This fight will appear on the undercard of Naoya Inoue's and Aran Dipaen's clash for the WBA Super World Bantamweight and IBF World Bantamweight championship.

Mendez vs Taniguchi stats

Wilfredo Mendez steps into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Masataka Taniguchi will make his way to the ring with a record of 14 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Taniguchi has a large advantage in power over Mendez, boosting at 64% knock out percentage over Mendez's 38%.

Wilfredo Mendez is the younger man by 2 years, at 25 years old.

Mendez has a height advantage of 1 inch over Taniguchi.

Both Wilfredo Mendez & Masataka Taniguchi fight out of a southpaw stance.

Mendez is arguably the more experienced fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2016, 3 months later than Taniguchi, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He has fought 8 more professional rounds, 110 to Taniguchi's 102.

Wilfredo Mendez goes into the fight ranked number 4 by the RING at minimumweight.

Masataka Taniguchi is currently ranked number 1 by the WBO, 5 by the IBF and 8 by the RING in the 105lb division.

Mendez vs Taniguchi form

Mendez has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.

In his last fight, he beat Gabriel Mendoza on 8th February 2020 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Minimumweight championship fight at Hotel El Panama, Panama City, Panama.

Previous to that, he had beat Axel Aragon Vega on 26th October 2019 by technical decision in their WBO World Minimumweight championship fight at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montanez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

Going into that contest, he had won against Vic Saludar on 24th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Minimumweight championship fight at Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan.

Before that, he had beat Janiel Rivera on 24th May 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montanez, Trujillo Alto.

He had defeated Armando Vazquez on 8th March 2019 by knockout in the 6th round at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montanez, Trujillo Alto.

Activity check

Mendez's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 22 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.8 rounds on average.

What time does Mendez vs Taniguchi start?

The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 AM UTC at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, which is 5:00 AM EST or 2:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 AM GMT in the UK.

What were the odds on Mendez vs Taniguchi?

Masataka Taniguchi is currently (+100) to win the bout outright, while you can get (+100) on Wilfredo Mendez if you fancy the incredible upset.

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