July 23rd 2018-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Masayuki Kuroda (29-7-3, 16) vs Akinori Hoshino (14-7-2, 9)
Earlier this week Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a Japanese Flyweight title bout, as champion Masayuki Kuroda [黒田 雅之] faced off with the under-rated Akinori Hoshino [星野晃規]
January 24th 2009- Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan
Masayuki Kuroda (12-2, 9) Vs Richard Garcia (19-9, 5)
In 2009 Japan's Masayuki Kuroda [黒田 雅之] faced Filipino journeyman Richard Garcia in a 10 round bout on the under-card of an OPBF title bout.
July 10th 2012- Korakuen Hall
Naoya Inoue (N/a) Vs Masayuki Kuroda (21-3-1, 13)
Right now it's fair to say that every boxing fan knows that Naoya Inoue is a special fighter. For some his emergence has been eye opening for others however his rise was expected. The youngster was seen as being so special that his pro-test bout saw him fighting against the then Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda, and not only did Inoue impress but he already looked ready to fight for titles, in fact many would have favoured the youngster to have beaten Kuroda in an actual fight.
As an interesting aside to this "bout" is that Kuroda would fight against Juan Carlos Reveco in a world title fight just 7 months later!
(Video courtesy of yu Gdragon
In late 2013 Suguru Muranaka scored a break out win by defeating Takuya Kogawa in a very competitive contest to win the Japanese Flyweight title and throw his hat into the mix in boxing deepest division. In his first defense of the title Muranaka battled against former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda. It was, on paper, a very interesting contest between a man looking to prove his quality against a man looking to become a 2-weight national champion.
Although interesting on paper the bout became some what one sided as one man took more than his share of punishment and was left swollen, exhausted and eventually stopped by the referee who showed some mercy despite the bout only have around 2 minutes of the contest left.
Whilst Kuroda was a Japanese champion he is probably better known by international fans for his world title bout with Juan Carlos Reveco. If you're a fan of the Flyweight division that bout is well worth a watch, especially with Reveco now scheduled to fight Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep.
(Video courtesy of 村中優後援会)
In a few short weeks we will see Thailand's Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep fight in a WBA Flyweight unification bout with Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco. Ahead of that fight we thought it would be good to go back and see Reveco's bout with Japan's Masayuki Kuroda. Kuroda entered the bout as the Japanese Light Flyweight champion whilst Reveco, like he will in his upcoming bout, was the defending WBA Flyweight title holder
We won't ruin much of the bout though will point out a few things. For Kuroda this bout followed back-to-back split decision draws in Japanese title defenses and saw him moving up a weight, he had fought at Flyweight previously but had never really looked comfortable. For Reveco, a former WBA Light Flyweight world champion, this was his first defense after being upgraded from "interim" champion status. As the interim champion Reveco had defended his title twice in 20 months.
Following this bout Kuroda would attempt to claim the Japanese Flyweight title though unfortunately for him he would suffer a stoppage loss to the very talented Suguru Muranaka, the first stoppage of Kuroda's career.
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