Kyokugen 2017 Results: Taguchi Bests Melindo, Wins Second World Title

On Sunday, Dec. 31, Watanabe Promotions held an event from the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

In the night’s main event, WBA world light flyweight titleholder Ryoichi Taguchi took on IBF world light flyweight champion Milan Melindo to unify the titles. Taguchi was unbeaten in his past eight bouts, while Melindo was victorious in five straight.

The event aired live on TBS (Japan).


Ryoichi Taguchi def. Milan Melindo by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-111, 117-111) – IBF world light flyweight title and WBA super world light flyweight title
Sho Kimura def. Toshiyuki Igarashi by TKO. Round 9 – WBO world flyweight title
Hiroto Kyoguchi def. Carlos Buitrago by TKO. Round 8 – IBF world minimumweight title
Shingo Wake def. Adundet Saithonggym by TKO. Round 3