Next week we'll see Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] defending his Ring Magazine and WBA "super" Light Flyweight titles against unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5), aka Tanawat Nakoon.
Today the two men faced off for the first time, as they both attended their official signing ceremony, signing the contract for their bouts and building the hype towards their bout.
The event, held at 109 Shibuya, saw the press and fans attend, and gave the fighters a chance to talk about the upcoming contest.
Kyoguchi, who seemed incredibly confident, stated that he is in great condition and that because the division is so strong at title level he wanted to prove his ability. To do that he stated he was going to go after the KO. He seemed slightly disparaging towards the Thai, though that was more down to his own confidence than actually being malicious about Satanmuanglek.
The Thai seemed confident himself and promised a wonderful fight for the fans in Japan, though added that he would be bringing the belt back to Thailand due to his speed and skill. He did say that Kyoguchi was powerful and strong but like Kyoguchi his self belief was clear and unwavering.
Related - Kyoguchi takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Satanmuanglek
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Earlier today we saw part of the pre-fight formalities for Monday's WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout, between Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20) [亀田和毅] and Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-3-2, 10)
The event was the signing ceremony and it began badly, with Medina arriving 35 minutes late, then explaining that he was lying down and was tired.
Kameda stated it was natural for overseas fighters to be late, and that he had once waited for 4 hours in Mexico waiting for his opponent to get to the weigh in and that he was used to this type of experience. At the actual ceremony Kameda said 3 years is a long time, and that's what he's waited for this world title fight. He said there was just 2 more days until he can win a world title again. He seemed incredibly confident that he would be too good for Medina and was sure that he would win.
Medina wasn't just late, but seemed in a bad mood through out, telling the press that he would show everything on the 12th, and didn't really speak much more than that. He looked annoyed through out and had the mentality of someone was still tired, following the 18 hour journey he had had last week from Spain to Japan.
Keiichiro Kanehira, from Kyoei didn't do much to help Medina's mood by suggesting that Medina's beard was too long and that they would have to talk at the rule meeting, which will take place tomorrow. This lead to Medina staring rather angrily at the Kameda team, whilst Kanehira explain it could be dangerous getting into the eyes of his man when they fight up close.
After the signing ceremony the two fighters selected their gloves, Kameda will be fighting in Green Winning gloves, whilst Medina has selected red Everlast gloves.
Related - Kameda and Medina battle for WBC interim title! (Preview)
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