Today Kyoguchi took part in a press conference, talking about the bout as well as his future plans.
The fighter, who appeared to have suffered a bad injury to his right hand, is planning to return to the ring in September to make a mandatory defense of his title against highly skilled Filipino Mark Anthony Barriga. He then hopes to unify Minimumweight titles in December, in what will be scheduled as Watanabe's year ending card. Of course getting past Barriga will be much easier said than done.
Longer term the plan is to move up in weight and chase the opportunity to become a 2-weight world champion. There was questions about potentially facing Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10), who dethroned Kyoguchi's stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一] on Sunday, but there seems to be no immediate plans, and it sounded more like Kyoguchi and the Watanabe team would prefer Taguchi to have a rematch with the South African instead.
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