Earlier today WBA "Super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人] took part in an online press conference, speaking to the press in Japan, with the event taking part before he began working out at the Watanabe Gym.
At the event Kyoguchi spoke about his last bout, which saw him score a TKO win over Axel Aragon Vega at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. He explained "I was able to do boxing differently in the previous bout, so I want to pursue it. I want to increase the withdrawal of offense and defense." Explaining that he was fighting at a mid range more than usual, and went on to explain he wanted to work on that in the future.
In regards to what the bout meant he explained "I'm in an environment where big matches can be realized, so I've broadened my horizons now. It's a good experience for me to be able to play in the United States".
After the win over Vega in March Kyoguchi flew back then went through 2 weeks of quarantine, due to the on going pandemic. When that was over he went to Osaka to visit his family and spend time with his father, who recently had surgery to treat cancer.
Following his time with family Kyoguchi returned back to Tokyo and has been helping Watanabe Gym stablemate Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗] prepare to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title against Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-0, 3) [川満俊輝], with that bout set for May 23rd.
In regards to what is next for Kyoguchi things are a little bit unclear, though it is known that the team of 20 year old Thai fighter Thanongsak Simsri (15-0, 13) is attempting to secure a fight with Kyoguchi. Longer term however Kyoguchi revealed he's interested in a unification bout with WBO champion Elwin Soto (18-1, 12). That bout became a lot more likely recently, when Soto signed with Matchroom, the same promotional stable that is now promoting Kyoguchi. In regards to that potential bout, Kyoguchi stated "I think the chances have become more realistic. I'm interested in the WBO belt because I haven't held it yet. I think it may happen by the end of the year."
Rather notably Kyoguchi downplayed a bout with the winner of the upcoming WBC Light Flyweight title bout, which will see champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] taking on Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
In regards to that bout he seemed to suggest that despite having not won the WBC title he has beaten Hisada and isn't particularly interested in facing the winner. Essentially putting the kibosh on a potential Kyoguchi Vs Kenshiro bout that lower fights have been clamouring for for several years now.
Later this month we'll see WBC Light Flyweight title champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] defending his title against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也]. Today, ahead of that bout, Hisada took part in an interview and media work out.
At the press conference Hisada spoke about his age. If he wins he would become the oldest man in Japan to win a world title, breaking a record set by Hozumi Hasegawa's in his final bout. Despite the fact he would create a record Hisada himself downplayed that explaining "I'm not aiming for a record. I can challenge even at the age of 36 and just prove that I can fight on the front lines of the world. I'm concentrating only on winning."
Originally this bout was supposed to take place last year, in December, before Teraji was suspended by the JBC due to an issue where he got drunk and damaged someone's car. In regards to that Hisada stated "The match in December was delayed, but I believed that there was a match and continued to practice. I think it was a plus because I was able to spar with various players because the match was extended,". Among those he sparred with as a result were Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] and Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]. He has reportedly been able to spar more than 240 rounds for this bout as well as getting advice from the aforementioned Hasegawa.
As for the work out it's self, that was a short one. Hisada did a round of shadow boxing and then a round on the mitts. It was also revealed that he would continue sparring until 10 days before the bout, as he continues to put finishing touches to his gameplan.
In regards to the gameplan, Hisada seems to be working on a plan where he can work both up close, as we've seen from him in the past, and at range, something that he clearly seems to have been working on here to help neutralise the skills of of Kenshiro.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be streamed live on Boxing Real on YouTube, and will be available for free.
(Image credit - Harada Gym)
On April 24th we'll see WBC Light Flyweight title champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] defending his title against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
Today, as part of the build up for that fight, Kenshiro took part in an online press conference and a public work out., which took part at the Misako Gym.
It was revealed at the press conference today that Kenshiro has been sparring with some of the best in Japan. His sparring partners and training mates for the bout had included Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) [堀川 謙一], Norihito Tanaka (20-8, 10) [田中教仁], Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-0, 3) [川満俊輝] and Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉], all of whom will bring out the best in the champion, who has been out of the ring since December 2019.
At the session today Kenshiro was joined by trainer Kenta Kato, who spoke about the game plan, analysing Hisada, and the corrections that he was making to Kenshiro's style, including a slight improvement in his balance.
In regards to his troubles last year, which included a drunken incident that saw Kenshiro having his license suspended, he stated "I caused trouble to many people and betrayed the people who supported me. The next game will show a strong appearance. However, it is not just a win, but an overwhelming victory. I want you to see where it has revived."
It was also reported that if he gets past Hisada he wants to unify titles as soon as possible. Of course the unification bout that we've all wanted for a few years now would be a bout between Kenshiro and WBA "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人], a bout that could very easily take place in the near future
As for the actual work out, it sae Kenshiro doing some shadow boxing, mitt work and work on the punching bags. During this Kenshiro looked crisp and sharp, but had a very wide stance, almost as if it's something he has been focusing on during this camp.
(Image credit - Misako Gym)
Earlier today in Japan we saw news announced regarding former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (17-1-1, 17) [比嘉 大吾] and his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
The heavy handed Higa will be taking on fast rising prospect Ryosuke Nishida (3-0, 1) [西田凌佑], with their bout set to take place on April 24th at the Okinawa Convention center.
We last saw Higa in action in February, when he took part in "LEGEND" and shared the ring with Bantamweight king Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] in an exhibition. Prior to that the last actual bout for Higa came on New Year's Eve, when he stopped Yuki Strong Kobayashi for the title.
Notably this isn't just Higa's first bout since that win over Kobayashi, which took place on the undercard of Kazuto Ioka's [井岡一翔] bout with Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成], but will also be his first bout in Okinawa in more than 3 years!
Today at an online press conference to announce the bout Higa stated "I'm happy to be able to play a match locally. Since my opponent is a southpaw, I will take proper measures and defeat it."
"I'm happy to be able to play the title in Okinawa. If I defeat it and win, I think the customers will be happy,"
Higa also stated his target for the future, explaining, "the current bantamweight situation, it's quite difficult to get into this. It's a defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Championship, so the ranking will inevitably rise. I think I want to aim for the WBO champion Casimero"
As for Nishida this is a massive step up in class. A leap up in class in fact. The unbeaten prospect from the Mutoh gym made his debut in October 2019, in Thailand, and returned to Japan for his second bout just months later, both against limited fighters. He generated a lot of buzz last year however with a break out performance against former world title challenger Shohei Omori, where he out boxed Omori over 8 rounds in a fantastic performance.
Despite that showing this is still a gigantic step up for Nishida, who is fighting at Bantamweight for the first time.
The venue for the bout is expected to be set up to accommodate around 2,000 fans and tickets will go on sale from April 6th. For fans unable to attend the contest will be aired live on RBC (Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation), for those in Okinawa. For those not in Okinawa the bout will later be televised on TBS as part of their "Guts Fighting" series. Though a date hasn't been set for the airing of the bout.
For those upset about not being able to watch live, it is worth noting that the live event will over-lap with the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] and Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which is expected to be streamed live on Youtube.
At the time of writing there has only been one under-card bout confirmed for the show, and that is a 6 round match up between Ryuto Owan (6-1, 4) [大湾 硫斗] and Takafumi Iwaya (4-4) [岩屋 卓史].
Earlier today it was announced, at a press conference in Osaka, that WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] would be facing fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] on April 24th, with the bout being Kenshiro's 8th defense of the WBC title and Hisada's second world title shot.
The bout has a long history, that dates back around 4 years, though hasn't been delayed for the usual "marinating" reasons given by promoters in the west. Instead it's been on the docket twice and cancelled twice.
Originally the bout was supposed to take place in Spring 2017 when Kenshiro was the Japanese Light Flyweight champion and was supposed to defend the title against Hisada in a mandatory title fight, as part of the Champion Carnival. That bout was cancelled when Kenshiro was able to secure a WBC world title fight against Ganigan Lopez, and instead we saw Kenshiro claim the WBC title whilst Hisada went on to beat Kenichi Horikawa for the Japanese title.
The bout was then set to take place in late 2020, before the baby faced Kenshiro was suspended after issues outside of the ring, where he drunkenly damaged someone's vehicle. That suspension lasted 3 months, from the start of December, and saw him also being being made to pay a fine and do some 48 hours of social activities to try and make amends. That social activity saw Kenshiro spending time watching students at elementary school in Kyoto and then helping pick up trash in Tokyo, working at a nursing, helping with harvesting vegetables cleaning shrines and helping with boxing lessons.
At today's press conference Kenshiro apologised for the issues last year, apologising to Hisada and the gym, as well as the people affected by his suspension. He seemed hungry to make amends in the ring as well as his out of the ring activity.
As for Hisada, who famously fought WBA "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi in 2019, he explained he was getting older due to waiting for this bout, but that he had a lot of time to prepare and that he's actually seen that as a positive, explaining his chances of winning have increased. It's worth noting this is a particularly important bout for him as it would see him becoming the first world champion from the Hisada gym, who's former chairman passed away last year.
Whilst no TV has been confirmed for the bout, the poster for the event does have the BOXING REAL logo on it, and it has been confirmed that the bout will be live streamed on YouTube by the BOXING REAL channel!
Other details that have been confirmed the event will take place at the EDION Osaka, fans will be in attendance, and the under-card will feature a number of interesting bouts. The best among those are an 8 round Super Flyweight bout between Japanese ranked Isao Aoyama (12-8-1, 3) [青山功] and the once touted Tetsuro Ohashi (7-2-1, 2) [大橋哲朗] and a mouth watering Flyweight bout between 18 year old Ayumu Hanada (6-0, 5)* [花田歩夢] and Mammoth Kazunori (6-3-1, 6) [中山和則], which should be incredibly explosive.
*Hanada has a bout not recognised by Boxrec or the JBC.
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