Earlier today in Osaka an event took place that featured WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗], who had a chance to speak about his future plans.
There was nothing solid laid down at today's event but the champion stated that he was hoping to fight in April or May. His father however suggested that April was the more likely option for his 8th defense.
Not only did Hisashi Teraji, Kenshiro's father, suggest April but went on to add a more details.
It seems there's a chance that Kenshiro's next bout won't be bundled with a bigger name, and he could do an event "solo", with out sharing a card with either Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] or Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太]. It would be odd to imagine Kenshiro headlining a card but certainly not unthinkable. Thought it would be a huge disappointed if the bout wasn't to be televised, and there is a chance that would be the case if he did go solo.
Interestingly Kenshiro himself suggested he could defend the title in Kyoto, the region where he was born and raised, in what would be a home coming defense of sorts.
Whilst nothing seems to be sorted out yet, we would expect talks to get under-way in the coming weeks, especially if Kenshiro and his father want an April date.
It's worth noting that his next defense would be his 8th, and would take him one step closer to the Japanese male record of 13 successive defenses of Yoko Gushiken, a record that he has spoken about wanting to break numerous times in recent years.
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Earlier today the annual Japanese boxing awards took place at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.
As previously reported unified Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] won the Best fighter award and the Best Fight at event, but was unable to attend due to illness. That however leaves the question "who else won awards?"
The Best Skill award was won by WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who became the first Japanese male 4-weight champion in the summer, stopping Aston Palicte. He then defended the title at the end of the year against Jeyvier Cintron, putting in a very different type of performance against Puerto Rican challenger.
Like Inoue, Ioka also didn't attend the event.
The special award saw Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太] pick up the honours, after reclaiming the WBA Middleweight title and then defending it just before Christmas. He explained his next bout isn't yet decided, though reports are suggesting a May or June date is likely. Murata also picked up the KO award for the year.
The Effort award was won by Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹], who won the award for what he did in 2019 despite recently losing the Japanese Welterweight title.
The Newcomer award was win by Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人], who is now reportedly set to fight for the WBO Flyweight title in Spring.
As previously mentioned Naoya Inoue won the best fight in a world title fight, for his sensational bout with Nonito Donaire in the WBSS final. As for none-world title bout, that award, unsurprisingly, went to the brilliant war between Yuki Beppu [別府優樹] and Ryota Yada [矢田良太] for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title. For fans who haven't seen that one, we genuinely implore you to give a watch!
There was a double award for female fighter Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [天海 ツナミ] who not only took the women's MVP award, for the second year running, but also the women's fight of the year for her bout with Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子].
The excellent player award, which is given to every Japanese fighter who holds a world title at some point during the year, saw Inoue, Ioka and Murata receive the honour along with:
Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成]
Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗]
Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑]
Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
The trainer award was given to Mr Kato from the Misako gym, who has been responsible for training Kenjiro Teraji.
There was also a number of special awards given out. These went to:
Kohei Kono (33-12-1, 14) [河野 公平]
Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12) [田口良一]
Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-7-6, 7) [福原 辰弥]
And Hitoshi Misako
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Earlier today Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗], the current WBC Light Flyweight champion, attended a special event to help promote doing the ease with which tax returns can be done on a smart phone.
The event, which always seems to feature some sort of boxer, saw Kenshiro showing how easy it was and telling the press how simple the task was.
We'll be honest the whole tax thing isn't worthy of our attention though what is, is what the champion said at the event in regards to boxing.
The popular champion stated that he was hoping to defend his WBC title 3 times this year, which would see him ending the year with 10 defenses, closing in on the Japanese male record of Yoko Gushiken and potentially passing the record next year.
Kenshiro also went on to explain that he would like to face IBF champion Felix Alvarado (35-2, 30), who he was supposed to fight back in December before Alvarado had to pull out due to illness. Fingers crossed we do that bout in 2020, as it is a mouth watering class, between two legitimate world class fighters, with very different yet impressive styles. A bout between the two would be a fantastic unification bout, and few can fault the Japanese fighter for still actively calling for the contest, as he did today.
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We are now just a few short hours away from seeing Japanese star Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] challenge IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (38-2, 25). Earlier today the two men went through one final formality, the same day IBF weigh in.
The IBF weigh in, which is mandated for all IBF world title fights, is a weigh in on the same day that requires fighters to come in no heavier than 10lbs above than the divisional limit.
On the scales this morning neither man had any issues, with Mthalane weighing in at 121.25lbs, comfortably under the 122lbs allowed, and Yaegashi coming in at 120.8lbs, making the same day limit with even more room to spare.
Earlier today it was also reported that Fuji would be airing this bout as part of their live broadcast and not the WBC Light Flyweight bout between unbeaten champion Kenshiro Teraji (16-0, 9) [寺地 拳四朗] and Filipino challenger Randy Petalcorin (31-3-1, 23), with the running order apparently being switched at the 11th hour.
Related - Yaegashi challenges IBF king Mthalane in battle of veterans!
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Tomorrow in Yokohama Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (16-0, 9) [寺地 拳四朗] make his 7th defense, as he goes up against Filipino challenger Randy Petalcorin (31-3-1, 23).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in, and they looked in different weight classes.
The champion made weight with ease, coming in at 107.75lbs. That was room to spare for the champion who looked in good condition. Amazingly, though oddly, Petalcorin was just 106.5lbs, well under the divisional limit and looked very much under-sized here.
The two took part in a very relaxed face off, with no tension at all, with more smiles and jokes from two men who seemed to have enjoyed each other company in the build up to this. Given that Kenshiro is constantly smiling it does seem like it's rubbed off on Petalcorin.
Kenbshiro explained that this time he has changed how he went about losing weight, draining water weight over 3 days, and would be doing that in the future. He also admitted to listening to ASMR of drinking sounds, which he seemed to suggest helped him make weight.
Both men have chosen to fight in black Winning gloves for tomorrow's fight.
Related - Kenshiro Teraji goes up against Randy Petalcorin in next defense
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