The first of those bouts, shown on tape delay, saw Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一] defend his title with ease, as he destroyed mandatory challenger Robert Barrera (18-2, 12) in a very one sided bout. That was then followed up with a live showing of an IBF Minimumweight title bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人] and Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12), with Kyoguchi coming out on top and setting a new Japanese record for the shortest time from debut to world champion.
The showed turned out to be a really huge rating success for TV Tokyo, with the show having an average audience of 7.1% in the Kanto region. That's about 3,000,000 viewers tuning in to the show on average.
The highest point for the show, which came as the decision for Kyoguchi's bout with Argumedo was being read, was an incredible 11%. That meant more than 4,600,000 viewers tuned in to see the eferee raise Kyoguchi's hand and crown him the new champion.
Hopefully the huge numbers tuning in live will convince TV Tokyo to stop their ridiculous habit of showing fights on tape delay, and it's already clear that Kyoguchi is a star in the making, with those numbers being genuinely brilliant for a fighter in their first major televised bout.
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