Sensationally talented and exciting Japanese fighters seem to be rising through the ranks all the time at the moment, and the latest to make a real statement was Watanabe gym youngster Hiroto Kyoguchi (6-0, 6) [京口 紘人], who claimed the OPBF Minimumweight title earlier today with a 3rd round KO of Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-15-3, 11).
Kyoguchi started the fight on the front foot and seemed to hurt dela Cruz several times in the opening round. The Filipino though showed his ring craft as he survived the the opening round, and had one or two moments of his own. The power of Kyoguchi always looked like it would be a problem and in round 2 it proved to be the case as he dropped the Filipino and landed numerous hurtful body shots that seemed to take a lot of the fight from dela Cruz.
In the early stages of round 3 we saw dela Cruz land his best shot, a solid straight. Although it was a good shot from the Filipino it proved to be a massive mistake with Kyoguchi letting loose with a stream of destructive blows to head and body eventually sending the Filipino down for the 10 count.
Following the win Kyoguchi looked proud of having won his world title but made it clear that he knew the performance wasn't perfect, admitting that his under-used his jab, and it also seemed obvious that he is now wanting to chase a world title fight.
For fans who missed this bout it was aired as part the boxingraise subscription and will be on their site as an on demand video for subscribers!
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
Tomorrow fight fans in will get the chance to see the super-fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] battle Filipino Armando dela Cruz (25-14-3, 11) in a bout for the vacant OPBF Minimumweight title. Today those two fighters took part in their official weigh in, and both men made the 105lb maximum weight limit.
On the scales both men were 105lbs. For Kyoguchi that weight marks his lowest, though it is the second time he has come in at 105lbs exactly. It suggests that whuilst he has been fighting above the limit his future, at least for now, is at Minimumweight and and he looked great at the weight in, suggesting he could be there for a while.
For dela Cruz the 105lb weight is one he has been at for muich of his career, however it is the first time he has seemingly made the weight since a 2009 loss to Jun Tasic, and he's now more than 8 years removed from a win whilst fight at 105lbs. Despite being the shorter man, and the more experienced, it's likely that making the limit will have taken something out os his body for this bout.
Kyoguchi looks to claim OPBF title as he takes on De la Cruz!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
After a few days of speculation we can now confirm that streaming service Boxingraise will indeed live stream Dangan 176, the highly anticipated February 28th show which will feature both a Japanese "interim" Flyweight title and an OPBF Minimumweight title bout.
The card, which will end off the month of February, will be headlined by the Japanese "interim" Flyweight title bout between Masayuki Kuroda (25-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] and Yuta Matsuo (12-2-1, 6) [ユータ松尾], which should be a really exciting contest between two men who have styles that should gel excellently. The co-feature will see the uber-fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] battle Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-14-3, 11) in a bout for the aforementioned OPBF title, which was recently vacated by Ryuya Yamanaka (13-2, 3) [山中 竜也].
Although the two main event bouts are both brilliant the card is actually a strong one in terms of the under-card too with a notable supporting bout between Japanese prospect Reiya Abe (13-2, 7) [阿部 麗也] and Filipino Joe Noynay (12-1-1, 4), with Abe looking to build on the back of a notable win over Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-3-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] and Noynay looking for a third straight win.
Another under-card bout of note will be the professional debut of Kaiki Yuba (0-0) [湯場 海樹], the son of former 5-weight Japanese champion Tadashi Yuba, who will be facing Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-4) and a bout featuring domestic Bantamweight contender Hiroaki Teshigawara (12-2-2,6) [源 大輝], who will also be facing a Thai visitor.
The show will be the second on featured on Boxingraise this month, along with the delayed broadcasting of the February 19th "Pioneer of Fight vol.2" show.
We've long known that Kaiki Yuba (0-0) [湯場 海樹], the son of former 5-weight Japanese champion Tadashi Yuba, would be debuting on February 28th on the Dangan 176 card at the Korakuen Hall. Today we, finally, saw his opponent being named for the bout, with the opponent being named as Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-4), who is looking to secure a win in Japan at the 5th time of asking.
Yuba, who's first name we had previously transcribed as Kaiju, is tipped for relatively big things and his debut will see him fighting in a 6 rounder at a contracted 62KG's, around 136.7lbs. Although 6 round debuts aren't rare in Japan they tend to be a mark of fighters with an amateur background and some expectations on their shoulders, something that Yuba will have given the success of his father.
The Yuba bout is one of a number of bouts, including an OPBF title fight between the fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] and Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-14-3, 11) and a Japanese interim Flyweight title bout between former world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (25-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] and Yuta Matsuo (12-2-1, 6) [ユータ松尾], as well as a number of really good looking suport bouts.
Although the card still hasn't been confirmed for boxingraise the general view is that it will be confirmed in the coming days, and it genuinely does look like a treat for fight fans with enough notable names and exciting match ups to give fight fans a genuinely enjoyable watch.
Last week we reported that Japanese yougnster Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] would be back in the ring on February 28th to battle Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-14-3, 11) in a bout for the OPBF Minimumweight title. At the time of that report the bout wasn't officially announced, and in fact the OPBF title was held by Shinsei gym's Ryuya Yamanaka (13-2, 3) [山中 竜也].
Just a day after we reported the bout Yamanaka announced that he had vacated the belt, building on the speculation that Kyoguchi and dela Cruz had indeed agreed a bout for the belt, but then things went a little quiet for a few days.
Today however that silence was broken and bout was officially announced this morning, and as originally speculated it willtake place at the end of February on Dangan 176, as the co-feature bout of the card along with the "interim" Japanese Flyweight title bout between Masayuki Kuroda (25-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] and Yuta Matsuo (12-2-1, 6) [ユータ松尾].
The show hasn't yet been confirmed for a live stream by Boxingraise but the speculation is that the card will indeed be shown live, something the service does seem to try and do once a month.
Strangely the only show currently showing as scheduled for the service in February is the "Pioneer of Fight Vol 2" card on February 19th. That card isn't a huge one but it does feature a very interesting main event between the under-rated Akinori Hoshino (12-7-1, 9) [星野 晃規], looking to build on a win over Kenya Yamashita, and youngster Shun Kosaka (13-2, 3) [小坂 駿] and will also feature the fast rising Junto Nakatani (9-0,7) [中谷 潤人].
(Image of Kyoguchi courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
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