Back in May we saw IBF Minimumweight champion Jose Argumedo (20-3-1, 12) make the third defense of his title, as he took an 8th round TKO win over Gabriel Mendoza and extended his current winning run to 6 straight wins, including a notable title win in Japan at the end of 2015 against the ever popular Katsunari Takayama.
Following that win Argumedo'steam announced that there was a deal for Argumedo'snext defense to take place in Japan in the summer, leading to a number of potentiallythrilling contests.
Today we finally saw the announcement of Argumedo's next defense, and in all honest it was the bout that looked the most exciting on paper, with the champion now set to take on OPBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6) [京口 紘人].
The bout was annunced for July 23rd and will take place at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, on a stacked Watanabe card, which also features a mandatory defense of the WBA Light Flyweight title by Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11) [田口良一], who will face Robert Barrera (18-1, 12) in the co-main event.
For Argumedo the bout will be his return to Japan and see him face his most notable opponent since beating Takayama. Although recent competition has been weak for the Mexican there is no doubting his ability, and all 3 of his losses were razor thin decisions, and he holds notable wins against the likes of Oswaldo Novoa, Saul Juarez and Jose Martin Tecuapetla. He may not be the most talented fighter out there but he's a big step up for Kyoguchi, and he's tough, big at the weight and very physically strong.
After facing 4 southpaws in a row Kyoguchi will be up against a rough and tumble foe, but as he'sshown through his career, he does his thing in the ring. Through his first 6 bouts he went 6-0 (6), needing just 13 rounds to take out those early foes and claim the Oriental title. Last time out we saw his stoppage run come to anend, but he showed he had a good engine, going 12 relatively one-sided rounds against the tough and game Jonathan Refugio, in what was his sole defense of the OPBF crown.
As well as the two world title bouts on this card, we'll ass see the ring return of Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13) [河野 公平], who's fighting for the first time since being stopped by Naoya Inoue late last year, and a Japanese Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Ryuichi Funai (27-7, 19) [船井 龍一] and Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-3, 8) [奥本 貴之]
For fans interested in the two main bouts, they will be shown on TV Tokyo from 19:54 local time.
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