Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi, Japan
Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Flyweight
Who won Tanaka vs Gonzalez?
Kosei Tanaka beat Jonathan Gonzalez by technical knockout in the 7th round on Saturday 24th August 2019 at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in Aichi.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 112 pounds (8 stone or 50.8 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBO flyweight championship of the world.
Tanaka vs Gonzalez stats
Kosei Tanaka stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 13 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jonathan Gonzalez made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 13 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Gonzalez had a slight advantage in power over Tanaka, with a 59% knock out percentage over Tanaka's 54%.
Kosei Tanaka was the younger man by 4 years, at 27 years old.
Tanaka had a height advantage of 3 inches over Gonzalez. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Kosei Tanaka fought out of the orthodox stance, while Jonathan Gonzalez was a southpaw.
Tanaka was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 12 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 year and 7 months later than Gonzalez, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 36 less professional rounds, 151 to Gonzalez's 187.
Jonathan Gonzalez was ranked number 1 by the WBO in the 112lb division.
Tanaka vs Gonzalez form
Tanaka had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Ryoichi Taguchi on 16th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Memorial Center, Gifu, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Sho Kimura on 24th September 2018 by majority decision in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ronnie Baldonado on 31st March 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Nagoya, Aichi.
Before that, he had won against Angel Acosta on 20th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi.
He had beat Moises Fuentes on 31st December 2016 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Memorial Center, Gifu.
Tanaka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 50 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10 rounds on average.
What time did Tanaka vs Gonzalez start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:00 AM UTC at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi, Japan, which was 3:00 AM EST or 12:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 8:00 AM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Tanaka vs Gonzalez?
Kosei Tanaka was a 13/100 (-770) favourite going into the contest, while Jonathan Gonzalez made his way into the ring at 9/2 (+450) with oddsmakers.