Earlier today Petchyindee revealed that their unbeaten hopeful Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon, was eyeing up a potential June world title fight with WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
The full details of the bout weren't revealed but Petchyindee revealed that the bout is being eyed for June, in Japan, and it would be Kyoguchi's first defense.
The heavy handed Japanese fighter won the title at the very end of 2018, when he stopped Hekkie Budler to become a 2-weight champion. For the Thai the bout would mark a massive step up in class , though he has held regional titles at both 105lbs and 108lbs, with his notable wins coming over Marco John Rementizo and Crison Omayao.
It's been known for a while that Satanmuanglek's team were targeting a world title fight, though it certainly seems like it could be too much too soon for the unbeaten Thai.
(Image courtesy of Petchyindee)
Late last year Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] vacated the Japanese Flyweight title to begin to focus on fighting for a world title. Since then things have been quite on the Hisada front, with no real news of value. In fact the most telling thing has been the lack of news from Hisada and the Harada gym.
Today Hisada has revealed that he is planning to get a world title fight, and seems to planning to have it in May, though specific details are lacking, including who he will be focusing on and where.
It had long been assumed that he would be facing WBA "regular" Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17), though the May date does suggest that Canizales isn't the only man in the running, and we could instead see Hisada challenge either WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] or WBC champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗], who are both expected to be in action in or around May.
One of the big delays in Hisada committing to his future has been the birth of his twins, which appear to have unsettled his training earlier in the year. He is however back into the swing of things and was recently sparring with a number of notable Japanese fighters, including Kento Hatanaka (7-0, 7) [畑中 建人].
If Hisada bout is set for May, we would expect an official announcement at some point in March, so may see details coming together over the coming weeks.
Earlier today unbeaten WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] attended a celebration event in Kyoto, put on by his supporters and had around 250 people attending the event.
The fighter spoke about his focus for the future, and it seemed clear that he wanted to increase his exposure, with the hope being to gain national live TV exposure, something that he lacked for his December defense against Saul Juarez.
He spoke about increasing his profile and enjoying speaking on TV, something he seemed a natural at with various television appearances on variety shows and the such.
Kenshiro's father stated that Kenshiro's next defense was going to be scheduled for May, but the details haven't yet been decided. The result is that after that the champion will make one more defense later in the year, before unifying with WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] at the end of the year.
(Image taken by Yuichi Kato / www.nikkansports.com)
Over the last couple of hours we have looked at some individual award winners at today's Japanese boxing awards, held in the amazing Tokyo Dome Hotel. For those who just want to see the winners in a list here we go:
The MVP was:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
The Skills Award was won by:
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成]
The KO Award was won by:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
Special Award was won by:
Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]
The Effort Award was won by:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義]
The Newcomer Award was won by:
Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登]
The Best World title Fight:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]
The Best Japanese Domestic fight:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾]
Female fighter of the year was:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ]
Female Fight of the Year was:
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子]
Trainer of the Year was:
Shingo Inoue [井上真吾]
A Special Achievement Award was won by:
Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介]
Special Prizes were given to:
Toshiyuki Igarashi [五十嵐 俊幸]
Naoko Shibata [柴田 直子]
Nana Yoshikawa [好川 菜々]
Ryuya Yamanaka [山中 竜也]
And Momo Koseki [小関 桃]
A social Contribution prize was given too:
Naoko Fujioka (17-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子]
JBC Service Achievements were won by
Akira Tabata, who has served as a timekeeper, and Hiroyuki Tokuzaki, a referee who sadly passed away in October.
Several other officials earned awards for their roles in the sport as well, as did Atsushi Sato, a producer at WOWOW.
It's also worth noting that every male fighter who held a world title at some point during the year won an Outstanding Fighter Award, this is a normal thing to recognise all champions. We won't list them all here though they obviously included Kenshiro [拳四朗] and Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] among others.
As for amateur awards, the best male fighter was:
Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介]
and the best female fighter was:
Tsukimi Namiki [並木月海]
(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
Yesterday the unbeaten WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] took part in the Kansai Sports Awards ceremony, in Osaka. Whilst there he spoke to the press and revealed his big hope for 2019.
Unsurprisingly he mentioned wanting to unify with WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人], something both men have been vocal about in recent weeks. What was perhaps a little surprising is that he would prefer that bout to be in Kansai, and not Kanto.
Whilst we say that's a surprise, given that both men have had their biggest bouts in Tokyo, it's something that actually makes a lot of sense, given that both fighters are originally from Kansai. Kenshiro is from Kyoto and Kyoguchi is from Osaka, both areas in the Kansai region.
Whilst it sounded like Kenshiro would prefer it in Kansai he certainly did't seem to suggest that it couldn't take place in Kanto, which would seem much more likely. It also sounded like the two men were looking at holding the bout at the end of the year, though of course that is a long way off and both will have to get through defenses this year to leave the door open for that all Japanese super fight.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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