Ryoichi Taguchi: The Unified Light-Flyweight Boxing Champion

Ryoichi Taguchi was a Japanese professional boxer who competed from 2006 to 2019. He made a name for himself in the light-flyweight division, where he became a unified world champion, holding the WBA title from 2014 to 2018 and the IBF and Ring magazine titles from 2017 to 2018.

Born on December 1, 1986, in Tokyo, Japan, Taguchi had a successful amateur career before turning professional in 2006. He quickly rose through the ranks, capturing the Japanese light-flyweight title in 2010 and the OPBF light-flyweight title in 2012.

Taguchi’s breakthrough moment came in 2014 when he defeated former champion Florante Condes to claim the WBA light-flyweight title. He successfully defended the belt five times before adding the IBF and Ring magazine titles to his collection in 2017 with a dominant victory over Robert Barrera.

One of Taguchi’s most notable achievements was his unification bout against Milan Melindo in December 2017. In a thrilling contest, Taguchi emerged victorious, winning by unanimous decision to become the unified light-flyweight champion.

Throughout his career, Taguchi was known for his technical prowess, exceptional footwork, and relentless work ethic. He possessed a sharp jab and a formidable body attack, which he used to break down his opponents.

Despite his success, Taguchi faced setbacks as well. In 2018, he lost his unified titles to Hekkie Budler in a close and controversial decision. Taguchi’s final professional bout came in March 2019 when he lost a hard-fought battle against Kosei Tanaka for the WBO flyweight title.

After a remarkable career spanning 13 years, Taguchi announced his retirement from boxing in November 2019. He finished with a professional record of 27 wins (12 knockouts), 4 losses, and 2 draws, cementing his legacy as one of Japan’s most accomplished light-flyweight boxers.

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