Earlier today former boxing world champion Ryol Lee Li shared and interesting image, see below, that appears to confirm a future world title bout. Not just that it appears to have some of the details about the contest.
The clipping essentially states that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] will be making his 8th defense of his title against fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], who gave WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] a good test last year.
More details then quickly emerged regarding the bout, which is now reportedly set for December 19th at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
The show is set to be the first time that Kenshiro has headlined a card since winning a world title, with the affable champion typically playing second fiddle to another major name, such as Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太].
The bout is said to be part of a show organised by Shinsei Promotions, Teiken Promotions and Misako, who are working together to put the event on and that Kansai TV, the Kansai affiliate of Fuji TV, will be in charge of the broadcast. At the moment it's unclear whether Fuji TV themselves will be showing the bout live or not.
It should be noted that the bout hasn't been officially announced yet, but it is expected to be confirmed in the very near future, with confirmation expected in the next week or so.
Interestingly this bout was originally scheduled for way back in 2017, when Kenshiro was the Japanese national champion and was supposed to defend that title in a champion Carnival bout against Hisada. That bout was cancelled at relatively short noticed when Kenshiro managed to get a chance at Ganigan Lopez for the WBC, the same title he holds today. The decision of Kenshiro to vacated the Japanese title to face Lopez left the Hisada to face Kenichi Horikawa for the title, with Hisada winning and working his way up the rankings his shot with Kyoguchi last year.
In regards to the aforementioned Ryota Murata, it's become highly unlikely he'll fit in a fight before the end of the year, and he's expected to concentrate on making a ring return in 2021.
This coming weekend is set to be a huge one for Japanese fight fans, who have the chance to see some amazing action. Their is a brilliant card on Boxing Raise on Saturday, headlined by Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title against Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 11) [久我勇作], on the same day we will also get the WBSS card from Glasgow, featuring Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] and Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12).
On Sunday fans in Kobe, specifically those at the Portopia Hotel, will get the chance to see a really interesting card, headlined by Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] challenging IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30).
It was assumed that the Sunday card would be aired live, with Kansai TV mentioned as a "support" for the show on the Shinsei website. Sadly however the show does not seem like it is getting a live broadcast slot afterall. In fact at the time of writing, it's not listed for a broadcast at all, though sources are reporting that Kansai TV will show the bout, at some point.
This is a huge shame, given the match up and style of the men involved. This should have been a small treat for the fans in the Kansai region, and it's a real shame that the card isn't getting a live broadcast. Fingers crossed the delay won't be a long one!
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