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
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.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier today in Osaka, at the EDION Arena Osaka, fight fans had the chance to cheer on world ranked Light Flyweight Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], as he competed in a stay buy fight against Indonesian journeyman Stevanus Nana Bau (9-11-2, 2).
The bout was Hisada's first since November, when he defended the Japanese national Light Flyweight title against Akihiro Toya, and he did show a willingness to get some rounds under-his belt as he put some pressure on Bau without immediately going for the kill. Bau, to his credit, looked to try and land big shots when he could, but he struggled with accuracy and composure against the talented Japanese fighter.
In round 5 Hisada picked up his pace and landed a solid left hand to the body in the dying seconds of the round. It was a clean a shot that dropped Bau, who stayed down and was counted out an official time of 3:01 of round 5.
At the moment it's unclear when Hisada will return, but he is world ranked by all 4 world title bodies and is expected to get a world title fight before the end of 2019.
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated the schedule of shows they will have for this month. Sadly there is only a single live card, though there is 4 different shows to be added on Video on Demand (VOD).
The first show which is set to be added is Gouken 15, which took place earlier today in Sakai city, the card features Daiki Tomita [冨田大樹], former world title challengers Jeffrey Galero and Hiroshige Osawa [大沢宏晋] and the hard matched Daisuke Watanabe [渡部大介].
The second show to be added will be the April 14th card from Mie, headlined by Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] defending his title against Toma Kondo (7-4, 1) [近藤冬真] and also featuring former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8) battling against once beaten Shuma Sugawara (6-1, 4) [菅原秀馬].
The live show comes on April 14th, when we get the long awaited Japanese Bantamweight title unification bout between Yuta Saito (11-9-3, 8) [齊藤裕太] and Hayato Kimura (28-10, 19) [木村隼人]. Although this is live, it will later become available on demand for those unable to watch the show live next Sunday.
On the 20th of April we'll see the Harada promoted card on demand. This card is headlined by an excellent match up between Kosuke Saka (18-4, 15) [坂晃典] and Japanese-Filipino Joe Noynay (16-2-1, 5) who will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title. Also on this card will be Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也].
The final card to be added to the service this month will be the April 28th card from Okayama, Japan. This card will be headlined by Seigo Yuri Akui (12-2-1, 8) [阿久井政悟] and Yoshiki Minato (8-1, 3) [湊義生] with a mouth watering support bout between Tetsu Araki (13-1-1, 2) [荒木哲] and Atsushi Takada (6-0-3, 3) [高田篤志], who battle for the Japanese Youth Bantamweight title.
According to the reliable "thegondol.com" we could be in for a couple of notable Japan Vs Puerto Rico bouts in the coming months.
Earlier in the week the site reported that a potential WBO Light Flyweight title bout between Angel Acosta (19-1, 19) and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] could be in the works for later in the year. The latest WBO rankings has seen Hisada climb up the rankings to the point where he could be lying in wait as Acosta's next challenger, if both win their up coming bouts.
Acosta will be defending his title at the end of this month against Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez (35-8, 19), in what will be his third defense. On April 20th Hisada will be facing Stevanus Nana Bau (9-10-2, 2), in what is expected to be little more than a stay busy bout for the Japanese fighter. If both win they could clash in late summer.
The other bout mentioned TheGondol, is a proposed WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator. This match up, if it's signed, would see Koki Eto (24-4-1, 19) [江藤光喜] take on Jeyvier Cintron (9-0, 4), if Cintron gets past Eliecer Quezada later this week.
The Gondol have a quote from Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing, stating that "And Jeyvier must fight with a stablemate from Ito and promoter Akihiro Honda, Koki Eto."* And it seems like the bout could take place on May 25th as part of a card headlined by WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]. The winner of this would then face the winner of the proposed world title fight between Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) and Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔], who are expected to fight for the vacant WBO title around June.
*Note-Although Rivera stated Ito and Eto are part of the Honda's stable, that's not totally true, with Honda acting more as an agent for international bouts involving Japanese fighters. Eto is currently a Gushiken gym fighter whilst Ito fights out of the little known Banryu Boxing Gym and neither are from the Teiken gym that Honda leads.
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