Earlier today former IBF Minimumweight world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人] got the chance to kick off his Light Flyweight campaign, as he faced off against Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-1-2, 8).
On paper it was a good test for Kyoguchi at Light Flyweight, but proved to be a mismatch as the former world champion easily over-came the visitor.
The Japanese fight applied his trademark pressure from the off and got to work on the inside. Monabesa tried to fight him off, but struggled to get through the guard of the local favourite.
The Indonesian knew he had to fight back, but was punished for it in round 3 when he suffered the first knockdown of the fight, late in the round. The Indonesian got back to his feet and fought back hard at the start of round 4, but was dropped again. Monabesa showed how brave he was by trying to continue to fight back, but a vicious uppercut wobbled him hard before he dropped for the third time, and caused the referee to halt the bout. The official time was 2 minutes 20 seconds of round 4.
Following the bout Kyoguchi's promoter Hitoshi Watanabe let it be known that his was looking to face the winner of the upcoming IBF title fight between Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) and slick Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22), who fight on October 21st in Manila. That appears to be a decision that will allow Kyoguchi's stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一] a chance to rematch WBA champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10).
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On Tuesday fight fans will get their first chance to see amateur stand out Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗] make a mark on the professional scene, as he takes on unbeaten Thai Sanchai Yotboon (4-0, 4) at the Korakuen Hall.
On Monday the two men weighed in, and although we've not been given the weigh in specifics we have been informed that both men made weight for their contest.
The 18 year old Shigeoka went a very impressive 56-1 (17) in the amateur ranks and is tipped to be one of the next superstars of Japanese boxing, in a similar ilk to Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka. This is however, a very dangerous debut.
The contest is planned to be the chief support bout for the card, which will be headlined by former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] taking on unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
(Image courtesy of Ginjiro Shigeoka's twitter account)
One of the many exciting fighters who was scheduled for the September 25th show at the Korakuen Hall was Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀], who was scheduled to face Filipino Ivor Lastrilla (10-4-1, 5). Sadly however that bout has been cancelled due to issues with Lastrilla.
The bout was expected to be Utsuki's first test as a professional, and was scheduled to be fought over the 8 round distance.
As an amateur Utsuki was a real stand out, going 81-27 (23) and was looking to take a huge step up here. Lastrilla on the other hand was coming into the bout on the back of a 3 fight winning run, including a notable win in Japan against Takahisa Nayuki.
The match up falling through is a real disappointment for Utsuki and for fans, though those in attendance will still get to see a number of young and talented fighters, including former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who takes on Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8), and the debuting Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗].
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see all action former IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] begin his pursuit of a Light Flyweight world title, as he faces unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8) in a very good looking contest.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight whilst looking solid at the weigh in and very confident of picking up a win, as they look to move towards a world title fight at 108lbs.
On the scales Kyoguchi was bang on the 108lb limit, and looked healthier than he had in his final few Minimumweight bouts. Although he has made his name at 105lbs this isn't actually his first bout above the limits of the lowest class, having actually fought above the Minimumweight limit in 4 of his first 5 bouts.
Monabesa on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, at around 107.6lbs. This will be his first fight outside of Indonesia and he'll be hoping recent wins over Rene Patilano, Lester Abutan and Lita Dante will help him secure a win here.
For those unable to get to the venue the bout will be broadcast in early October on TBS.
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On September 25th at the Korakuen Hall we'll see former IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] begin his pursuit of a Light Flyweight world title, as he faces unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
With the fight taking place on a "Guts Fighting" branded card we expected it to be tape delay.
Whilst we knew the bout wouldn't be live we didn't expect to have a wait over a week.
The bout takes place next Tuesday but won't be shown until October 5th with a 2:52am time slot!
It seems TBS have really dropped the ball in how they are showing this bout, which really should have been given more respect given that they will be wanting to feature Kyoguchi at the end of the year. They have a brilliant fighter in Kyoguchi who is exciting, aggressive and has a great story coming in to this bout, with the youngster looking to move to 108lbs to become a 2-weight champion and avenge the loss of his stablemate to Hekkie Budler, with that bout being rumoured for December.
It's worth noting that it's currently unclear when TBS will be showing the WBO Flyweight title bout between Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] and Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成]. It has been rumoured to be same day delay, but the channel has yet to confirm this.
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