Former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (23-5-3, 14) will return to the ring on June 5th as he fights outside of Japan for the first time in his career. The 28 year old, best known for facing Juan Carlos Reveco back in 2013, will be up against Mexico's Mario Andrade (6-5-5, 1).
Coming in to the bout Andrade is the WBC Latino Flyweight champion though, given that Kuroda isn't a Latino fighter, that belt won't be on the line here.
For Kuroda this is his first bout since taking a decision over Kazuaki Morita back in January in what was, a relatively disappointing performance from the talented fighter. We how however seen Kuroda turn in some good performances including a stoppage win against Shin Ono, a decision win over Yuki Sano and a well fought decision against Ryoichi Taguchi. Sadly however Kuroda's career has hit the rocks recently with a 2-2-3 run over his last 7 bouts, including a stoppage loss to Suguru Muranaka in a Japanese Flyweight title bout.
Andrade's record is a bit of a mess on paper, though full of mini-streaks. He began his career in 2009 with a loss before stringing together a trio of wins, which was then followed by 4 straight losses then a trio of draws and a trio of wins. Last time out he surprisingly held former WBC Minimumweight champion Oswaldo Novoa to a majority draw, in what was Novoa's first bout following his stoppage defeat to Wanheng Menayothin.
Coming in to this bout both men will feel they have the tools needed to win though Kuroda will know that, fighting on the road, he'll have to do more to get the victory than his Mexican foe. Despite that we are expecting a good fight for those in attendance.
(We'd like to thank Massimo for informing us of this story)
(Image courtesy of Masayuki Kuroda's blog ahead of his departure for Mexico)
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