Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Teiru Kinoshita (20-1-1, 4) may have looked very poor against Zolani Tete earlier this year, losing an IBF Super Flyweight title fight in the process, but he looked like a man willing to take the loss on board and use it to further his development. It wasn't as if he got smashed up by Tete but instead he was just very easily out boxed by the talented South African.
Today fans saw Kinoshita return to the ring for the first time since his loss to Tete and he looked like a different fighter, albeit against a much lesser foe.
Kinoshita was originally scheduled to fight South Korean foe Ji-Hwan Lee who sadly suffered an injury forcing the Japanese fighter to find a replacement opponent. That replacement ended ended up being Thailand's Brukluk Kor Narong Service (0-3) and the levels between the two men were obvious from the off with Kinoshita with Kinoshita landing his sharp jab almost from the off and following it up with hurtful left hands to the body. It was clear this wasn't going to go the distance and it didn't take long for Kinoshita to drop the Thai. Although Brukluk got back to his feet he was down again, this time the bout was over.
Following the bout Kinoshita suggest that he wanted to fight with either world class opponents or some of he best in Japan, including the unbeaten Sho Ishida who hopes to defend the Japanese Super Flyweight title against Masato Morisaki on New Years Eve. We suspect that an Ishida Vs Kinoshita bout in 2015 would be something to look forward to and we hope that will be arranged if Ishida is successful in his up coming contest.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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