At the start of the month the excellent @BarbosaBox revealed details of a Japanese super show set for November 1st, with 3 very notable bouts. Today that card was confirmed as Teiken held a press conference, not just confirming the details from Barbosa box, but also announcing there was a 4th notable bout for the card, as well as details regarding venue, tickets and the Japanese broadcaster for the show.
As originally reported the card is a super show for the lighter fighters, especially the Light Flyweight division with a mouth watering world title double header at 108lbs. The main bout will see WBA Light Flyweight "Super" Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (16-0, 11) [京口 紘人] take on WBC champion Kenshiro Teraji (19-1, 11) [寺地 拳四朗] in a much anticipated, and highly demanded all-Japanese unification bout, whilst the chief support bout will see unbeaten Japanese fighter Shokichi Iwata (9-0, 6) [岩田 翔吉] challenge WBO world champion Jonathan Gonzalez (26-3-1-1, 14). The two title bouts really are sensational match ups, and could well lead to a triple title unification bout in the new year.
The third bout that had been previous mentioned was a non-title bout between WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (22-0, 17) [中谷 潤人] and Francisco Rodriguez Jr (36-5-1, 25), with the two men clashing in a 10 rounder at Super Flyweight, giving Nakatani a chance to test the waters at a new weight.
The press conference to announce the show also saw Teiken announce that the unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino (14-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎] would be defending his WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title against Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14) [中谷正義], in a bout that will likely put the winner on the verge of a world title fight, whilst the loser will have a long, long way to climb back. Entering the bout both men are world ranked, and both will be sniffing around a shot at the unified Lightweight throne.
The show, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, will be broadcast in Japan by Amazon Prime, who continue to put on the most notable shows in Japan and have seemingly found working formula of putting on massive shows in the country, something they could replicate around the globe over the coming years.
It's also now been confirmed that the show will also be broadcast in the US on ESPN+, giving international fans a chance to watch the stacked event.
According to the ever reliable BarbosaBox there is set to be a super card for the little men on November 1st in Japan, with 3 very good looking and notable fights all on a single show.
One of the three bouts had been rumoured for a good while, and that's a defense of the WBO Light Flyweight title by talented champion Jonathan Gonzalez (26-3-1-1, 14), who will be taking on unbeaten Japanese fighter Shokichi Iwata (9-0, 6) [岩田 翔吉]. For Gonzalez the bout serves as his second defense of the title, whilst Iwata, a triple crown winner having unified the WBO Asia Pacific, OPBF and Japanese titles, will be getting his first world title fight and his first chance to do at the elite level.
The second most notable bout on the show will see WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (22-0, 17) [中谷 潤人] potentially testing the water at 115lbs in a bout against Francisco Rodriguez Jr (36-5-1, 25), who returns to Japan for the first time since a 2021 loss to WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka [井岡一翔]. This should serve as a test for Nakatani, with the bout scheduled to be a 10 rounder, rather than a defense of his title, and is likely to see him put his feelers out to see how the higher weight feels and whether or not he can beat a tough, aggressive, rough fighter like Rodriguez.
The main event for the show is set to be a bout we've clamoured for for years, and that will see WBA Light Flyweight "Super" Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (16-0, 11) [京口 紘人] take on WBC champion Kenshiro Teraji (19-1, 11) [寺地 拳四朗], in a bout that feels like it's hard more than enough time to simmer, build up and stew. This bout, between the top two fighter at 108lbs, will see the WBA and WBC titles unified, and will be only the second time in history that we've had a true unification bout between two Japanese world champions, following the tremendous bout between Ioka and Akira Yaegashi back in 2012.
This past weekend we saw WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (16-0, 11) [京口 紘人] record his latest win, as he stopped "regular" champion Esteban Bermudez (14-4-2, 10) to unify the Super and Regular titles. The fighter arrived back in Japan earlier today (June 13th) and had the chance to talk to the media about the bout and his future.
Regardinv the bout, he explained that the altitude for the contest, around 1500-1600M lad to conditions which were "more stuffy and harder than expected". He also stated that he "can understand why he was deducted 2 points in the fight in Mexico" before adding that he was able to "embody the image of Roman Gonzalez", a fighter Kyoguchi has often admitted to being a fan of.
As for the future, it appears that Matchroom has offered Kyoguchi a much wanted unification bout, with a contest against WBO champion Jonathan Gonzalez (25-3-1-1, 14) being offered to him for the September 17th in Las Vegas, on the under-card of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (57-2-2, 39) Vs Gennady Golovkin (42-1-1, 37) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] III. Though Gonzalez will need to over-come Filipino challenger Mark Anthony Barriga (11-1, 2) on June 24th for that bout to go ahead.
Whilst a Kyoguchi Vs Gonzalez bout would be a fantastic match up, and see the division getting it's first real unification bout since 2017, when Kyoguchi's former stablemate Ryocihi Taguchi beat Milan Melindo, there will be some disappointment at the fact Kyoguchi won't be facing WBC champion, and fellow Japanese fighter, Kenshiro Teraji (19-1, 11) [寺地 拳四朗], with that bout being one fans of the the lower weights have longed for for several years now.
Later today we'll see a WBA Light Flyweight unification bout between "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人] and "regular" champion Esteban Bermudez (14-3-2, 10). Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout, and neither man had any issues making 108lbs.
On the scales both men came in just under the 108lb weight limit on their first attempt, and both men looked in great shape, despite the fact both have been out of the ring for over a year now.
At the weigh in it seemed clear that Bermudez was the naturally bigger man, despite the fact both came in at the same weight. He looked taller, longer, rangier and like a man who was boiling down to make weight, whilst Kyoguchi looked like a man who had moved up from 105lbs and grown into the Light Flyweight limit.
After making weight both men smiled and seemed cordial with each other, likely know that their styles should gel to give us something of a sensational bout.
For fans wanting to watch the contest it will be shown on DAZN all around the globe.
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Earlier today the ever reliable Massimo Palarchi informed us that a date and venue had seemingly been decided for the much postponed WBA Light Flyweight unification bout between "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人] and "regular" champion Esteban Bermudez (14-3-2, 10).
Reportedly the bout, which had been pencilled in for earlier this year, is now set for June 10th in Mexico City.
For Kyoguchi the bout will be his first in over a year, and his first in Mexico. He was last seen back in March 2021, when he scored a TKO win over Axel Aragon Vega, who was forced to retire due to a hand injury. Amazingly that's Kyoguchi's only fight since the start of the pandemic, and he really has lost a lot of the moment he has been building before hand. He is now co-promoted by Matchroom, along with the Watanabe Gym, but injuries and inactivity has really not allowed him to shine on DAZN in the way he would have wanted. Saying that he is regarded by many as the best fighter at 108lbs, and his WBA title reign dates back 2018, when he beat Hekkie Budler for the title in arguably his best performance to date.
As for Bermudez the 26 year old scores a huge upset win in May 2021, when he stopped Carlos Canizales in 6 rounds to claim the WBA regular title, but has sadly been inactive since then with several bouts falling through. The win over Canizales was a huge shocker, but other than that there is very, very little on his record. He looked dangerous in that win, but sadly it's hard to know if he's genuine world class, or whether he was in the right place at the right time to beat Canizales, who has been out of the ring for more than 2 years.
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