We've known for a while that WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] would be back in the ring on October 1st to defense his titles against Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也] in Osaka.
What wasn't known until much more recently was who would be featuring on the supporting card, which we can now report!
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (35-5-4, 21) [大沢宏晋] fighting in what looks like a stay busy bout. The WBA #1 ranked Featherweight will be up against Indonesian Jason Butar Butar (29-26-1, 19), in an 8 round bout being fought at a contracted 58KG's, just a touch over the Featherweight limit.
Whilst the chief support is a mismatch there is some decent bouts in supporting line up. Among those is a 6 rounder between Kaiki Yuba (5-0-2, 3) [湯場海樹] and Mikado Konishi (6-2, 4), with the two Lightweights expected to have a bit of a war given the styles of the men involved. Another 6 rounder will see Atsushi Matsui (4-3, 4) [松井敦史] and Ryuji Kanza (7-2-1, 5) [寛座隆司], in what again promises to be an explosive clash.
The other 3 bouts announced for the card are all 4 rounders featuring novices at the embryonic stage of their careers.
On October 1st we'll see WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] defending his titles at the EDION Arena Osaka as he battles former Japanese national champion Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
Today, well ahead of that fight, Kyoguchi travelled to see governor Yoshifumi Yoshimura in Osaka.
The event, a courtesy call, saw Kyoguchi spoke about his upcoming fight and suggested wanting a great performance on the big stage and having the local children involved.
Mr Yoshimura stated that Kyoguchi's second title win was great and that he was grateful to Kyoguchi as a representative of Osaka, despite the fact Kyoguchi fights out of the Tokyo based Watanabe gym.
Interestingly the fight actually clashes with a prefectural assembly, though Mr Yoshimura stated that as children are invited to the fight he will try to rush the assembly and allow the children to watch the fight.
Kyoguchi also revealed he would be in Osaka until August 10th, and then travel out to the Philippines for a training came at the Pacquiao Gym later in the month.
Despite the fact the press at the event it was quite a relaxed one, despite Kyoguchi and manager Hitoshi Watanabe being wonderfully suited and booted. The event had the local mascot attending, along with other officials, and making the most of his opportunity to get in front of the camera
A day of top sparring at the Ohashi Gym, Mr Ohashi states no decision has been made on WBSS final date
Today was a genuine crazy day at the Ohashi gym at the media were able to attend a packed session with a host of notable names involved.
The biggest name there was, of course, Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] who was preparing for this WBSS final bout with Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), more about that bout in a few monemts. The 3 weight world champion was sparring with amateur standout Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐], who is one of Japan's big hopes for the Tokyo games next year. Inoue hadn't really sparred over the last few months, focusing on general fitness since the Rodriguez bout in May, but spent 4 rounds with Morisaka today, and looked devastating when he moved through the gears.
Noaya Inoue was one of two world class Bantamweight's with the Inoue name sparring in front of the media, with younger brother Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真], who is preparing to face WBC champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12), also in action. The talented, though often over-looked Takuma, did 4 rounds of sparring with former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. Whilst Takuma has a bout with Oubaali to prepare for, Taniguchi has a major bout of his own to get ready for, as he meets Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] in a Japanese title eliminator in September.
Taaniguchi's stablemate Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人], the WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion, was also in the Ohashi gym. Kyoguchi will be defending his titles on October 1st against Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也] and today prepared for that bout by sparring with excellent Japanese youngster Taku Kuwahara (5-0, 4) [桑原拓]. Kuwahara will have taken a lot from the spar and it was particularly notable given he faces former Kyoguchi opponent Jonathan Refugio (21-6-5, 7) in September. Interestingly Kyoguchi admitted he got hit too much, with Kuwahara bringing the pressure in their spar.
Of course with this being the Ohashi Gym, and with Naoya Inoue being a notable figure, with a big bout on the horizon the press asked Hideyuki Ohashi about the recent rumour for the WBSS final. The story doing the rounds is that it will place on November 7th at the Saitama Super Arena. Mr Ohashi told Sankei Sports that "it has not been decided yet" whilst Nikkan sports have him quoted as simply saying "It is November", something that was already confirmed back at a recent Ohashi in July. Whether this was just Mr Ohashi keeping his cards close to his chest until an official announcement, which is expected to take place after the Bon Festival next week, or whether their are still details to iron out is unclear.
Although November 7th, a Thursday, is now widely reported it is worth noting that there are two bank holidays in Japan in November. The first of those is Monday 4th and the second is Saturday 23rd, giving some interesting alternatives
(Photo - nikkansports.com / Shinji Kawada)
Just moments ago in Osaka there was a press conference to announce the second defense of the the WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight titles by unbeaten champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
The talented, and exciting, Kyoguchi, who only defended his belts in July, will be back in action on October 1st at the at the EDION Arena Osaka to take on former Japanese national champion Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], who finally gets his first world title shot.
Kyoguchi, won the titles at the end of 2018 when he stopped Hekkie Budler in Macau, is a 2-weight champion who has began to create a growing buzz thanks to solid performances against the likes of Jose Argumedo, Carlos Buitrago and Hekkie Budler. Although not a big name outside of Asia he is one of the faces off the lowest weight classes and talk of a unification bout between himself and Kenshiro (16-0, 9) [拳四朗], the WBC champion, has been going on through the year.
Hisada is one of the very few fighters to have been highly ranked by all 4 world title title bodies, being in the top 10 by all 4 organisations and in the top 4 by all but the IBF. He's a true veteran of the sport with 45 bouts under his belt. Aged 34, and with his 35th birthday coming at the end of October, this is likely to be his only shot at a world title. Although really unknown outside of Japan he is on a 13 fight winning streak and has really dominated the domestic title scene in the last few years, winning the Japanese title in 2017 and defending it 5 times before vacating it to focus on a world title fight.
It's fair to say that Kyoguchi will be a massive favourite, though in a way it's still nice to see Hisada being rewarded for his current run of form and making the most of his WBA #1 ranking by getting his shot at a world title.
At the press conference the focus was very much on the fact that the bout will be in Osaka, where both the fighters are from. This will be Kyoguchi's first defense in Osaka and Hisada's manager Mr Harada stated that he was grateful the bout would be taking place in Osaka, where the bout will clearly get a lot of attention.
At the moment TV details are unclear though have been informed MBS will be showing the bout.
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Yesterday we saw WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] retains his titlees as he defeated Thai challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-1, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon.
Today Kyoguchi took part in a press conference to speak about the bout and his future plans.
The fighter stated that he had to reflect on his performance and now wants to develop further, though also stated that the Thai challenger fought well.
The fighters trainer, Takashi Inoue, seemed to suggest that Kyoguchi wasn't in peak condition, though it seems neither the trainer nor fighter was sure why. It is worth adding that it seemed Kyoguchi may have actually peaked a week too early and the fighter had suggested last week that he was already ready so this may have been an issue.
Given his performance it seems like Kyoguchi wasn't happy with his performance and suggested he didn't fight like the best Light Flyweight in the world. Despite that he plans to fight twice more this year, with his next bout expected to be in the fall and then a bout at the very end of the year. The hope, it seems, is for his December bout to be a unification bout, potentially with WBC champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗], a bout both men have spoken about over the last 6 or so months.
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