The light hitting Kinoshita got his first shot at a major title last year, when he came up short against the very talented Zolani Tete. In that bout Kinoshita looked like a novice, he seemed to lack a game plan or anything needed to ever really test the South African boxer-puncher.
Since the loss to Tete, the Kobe based fighter has been working hard on honing his skills, building on the experience of the loss to Tete and looking to strengthen up his ability, power and arsenal.
The southpaw has scored back-to-back stoppages following the loss to Tete last July, though both of those wins have come against very poor opposition. On August 23rd we see Kinoshita in his first real test since the loss to Tete as he takes on domestic foes Cyborg Nawatedani (9-2-2, 4). It seems that if Kinoshita wins that, and looks impressive, his team will push for another bout at the IBF title.
At the moment Kinoshita is ranked in the top 5 by the IBF and it's clear that he would make for a less than terrifying opponent for the winner of the upcoming title fight between Arthur Villanueva (27-0, 14) and McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8). With that in mind Kinoshita will be looking to good in August and then make a challenge towards the winner of the Villanueva/Arroyo bout, which takes place in July. It's not a nailed on title fight, but at the moment he's among the highest ranked contenders.
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