Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Flyweight
Who won Tanaka vs Tuolehazi?
Kosei Tanaka beat Wulan Tuolehazi by knockout in the 3rd round on Tuesday 31st December 2019 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
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 WBO flyweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Kazuto Ioka's and Jeyvier Cintron's clash for the WBO World Junior Lightweight championship.
Tanaka vs Tuolehazi stats
Back in December 2019, Kosei Tanaka stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 14 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Wulan Tuolehazi made his way to the ring with a record of 13 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 6 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Tanaka had advantage in power over Tuolehazi, with a 57% knock out percentage over Tuolehazi's 46%.
Kosei Tanaka was the younger man by 2 years, at 25 years old.
Tuolehazi had 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Kosei Tanaka & Wulan Tuolehazi fought out of an orthodox stance.
Tanaka was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 years earlier than Tuolehazi, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 1 more professional rounds, 161 to Tuolehazi's 160.
Wulan Tuolehazi was ranked number 3 by the WBA and 10 by the WBO in the 112lb division.
Tanaka vs Tuolehazi 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 Jonathan Gonzalez on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Ryoichi Taguchi on 16th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Memorial Center, Gifu.
Going into that contest, he had beat Sho Kimura on 24th September 2018 by majority decision in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi.
Before that, he had won against Ronnie Baldonado on 31st March 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Nagoya, Aichi.
He had beat Angel Acosta on 20th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi.
Tanaka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 52 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.4 rounds on average.
What time did Tanaka vs Tuolehazi start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 AM UTC at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, which was 4:00 AM EST or 1:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:00 AM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Tanaka vs Tuolehazi?
Kosei Tanaka was a 3/100 (-3300) favourite going into the contest, while Wulan Tuolehazi made his way into the ring at 9/1 (+900) with oddsmakers.