Earlier this month we saw Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] take on WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人]. Although Hisada came up short he impressed, with a fantastic effort and really enhanced his profile and standing in the sport, in what was his 46th bout and his first at world level.
Originally he told the media that retirement was likely, with one media source stating that Hisada was 90% sure he was going to call it a day and retirement.
Today he has come back out and announced that his future as bleak as it first seemed. Instead of retiring on the high of losing a competitive bout with Kyoguchi, he will fight on, for another year. And he will do so as a Flyweight.
The plan is for Hisada to move up 4lbs and hunt a Flyweight world title bout, adding his name into the mix in division that is perhaps less deep than the current Light Flyweight division. He is looking to fight just twice, with the first bout likely a contest to get used to the weight before moving on a world title fight in the second bout. Given how the Japanese boxing calendar tends to set it's self out that would likely mean a world title fight around May or September next year.
Given that there is a lack of top tier talent at Flyweight, with a a real drop off after the very top contenders, there is a very good chance that Hisada will indeed get a shot at a title, possibly in another all Japanese bout against current WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成].
Earlier today Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] held a press conference to talk about yesterday's win over Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which saw him retaining his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight titles.
The champion, sporting a still swollen and bruised left eye, seemed in good spirits but looked like he had indeed been in a hell of a fight.
At today's press conference it was revealed that the MBS website had received around 500,000 accesses for the video of the fight. That's a pretty solid number, given that youtube showed a live figure around 5,00 at the first bell, though it's unclear whether that includes the 160,000 views the official youtube video currently has as well. If not then it's an impressive figure for a mid-week fight that didn't really get the promotional attention it deserved.
Kyoguchi told the press that he was a little bit uncomfortable through the fight, and it was no wonder given the effort and success Hisada was having. He explained that it was a tough fight, something that was clear watching it, though added that it was a good experience to beat someone like Hisada.
One thing that seemed a surprise to Kyoguchi, and in fairness to use too, was how pro-Hisada everyone was. Kyoguchi admitted it felt more like an away fight than expected and admitted that he thought it was Hisada who had attracted the fans. That shouldn't have been much of a surprise, given it was Hisada's 11th fight at the EDION Arena, but it was still a shock to us at least to not see more fans there for the champion.
Kyoguchi was joined by gym chairman Hitoshi Watanabe who stated that he was hoping his charge would fight in a unification bout next year with WBC champion Kenshiro (16-0, 9) [拳四朗]. Whilst that's a fight we would all obvious love to see it should be noted that we had heard the same earlier this year and the bout doesn't appear to be any closer than it was 10 months ago. Both fighters clearly want the bout, but boxing keeps proving things aren't ever that simple.
Originally it seemed like Hisada wasn't going to be back in the ring, with Hisada revealing to the press after the fact that he was 90% sure he would be retiring. A follow up social media post however saw him admit he wasn't sure if he was going to retire or not, and it seems like he may well continue after having received so many messages about his performance. Given how well he against Kyoguchi it really wouldn't be a surprise if the Harada gym managed to talk him into having 1 more big fight before hanging them up.
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Tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which will see Kyoguchi defending his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine, will not any live television coverage, a strange given the bout will be an all-Japanese affair. In fact not only is it an all Japanese bout, but it's all Osakan bout, in Osaka, a perfect chance for MBS to get a huge audience figure for a bout that sells it's self.
Thankfully however MBS, the Kansai affiliate of TBS, will actually have the bout legally and freely available.
The bout will be available on the MBS website, with this link, or alternatively the youtube link we've included below.
The broadcast is expected to go live around 20:00 local time on Tuesday, though MBS do stipulate that the start time may change depending on when the bout actually takes place and the speed in which the undercard progresses.
Interestingly there has been stipulated date or time for a tape delay television broadcast, so watching the live streams may be the only opportunity to see the bout, much like the IBF Flyweight title bout earlier this year between Moruti Mthlane and Masayuki Kuroda [黒田 雅之].
Related - Kyoguchi takes on Hisada in Osakan showdown!
Earlier today the officials for tomorrow's WBA world title fight in Osaka were confirmed, and they included a name for Japanese boxing, Nobuto Ikehara [池原信遂].
The 43 year old Mr Ikehara will be one of the judges for tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] battle against Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], and it will be the first time Ikehara has judged a world title fight. It's not, however, the first time he has been involved in one, in fact the bout comes more than 11 years after he fought in one.
As a fighter Mr Ikehara went 29-4 (19),won the Japanese Bantamweight title in 2006 and challenged Volodymyr Sydorenko for the WBA Bantamweight title in 2008, incidentally that bout actually took place at the same venue as tomorrow's bout, the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, which is now known as the EDION Arena Osaka due to a sponsorship and naming agreement. He has been an official since around 2013 but tomorrow's world title fight will be his biggest assignment, by far.
Ikehara will be joined at ring as a judge by Filipino Silvestre Abainza and American Sergio Caiz with the referee to be the experienced Kazunobu Asao.
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Tomorrow WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] will defend his title against fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men went through their final formalities, including their weigh in, their signing ceremony and their glove selection.
The two men made the 108lbs limit with no issues at all.
On the scales Kyoguchi was 108lbs, right on the divisional limit, whilst Hisada was slightly under the limit, at around 107.8lbs. Both fighters looked in great shape and neither seemed too drained by making weight.
Kyoguchi sounded confident through out, and stated that he would win. He revealed that he had wanted to defend in Osaka because that had been a dream since he had won the world title, as he was originally from Osaka.
The champion will be fighting in Orange gloves made by Winning.
The challenger, who has selected white glove, has stated he thinks tomorrow will be the day he becomes a world champion, and thanked those who have helped him get this chance.
Related- Kyoguchi takes on Hisada in Osakan showdown!
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