It's now looking like those two bouts could serve as part of a world title triple header along with a WBC Minimumweight title bout between Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心], with that bout having been rumoured as being signed and sealed since Wanheng's recent title defense against Pedro Taduran.
The long established thought pattern was that this would be on December 31st on TBS, however a spanner has been through into those plans by the recent return of Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔], following his excellent win over McWilliams Arroyo. If Ioka plans to take the December 31st date, as many suspect he will, then there is a chance TBS will have to alter the date of the Watanabe triple header. Lets not forget that Ioka's rumoured to be pursuing a WBO Super Flyweight title bout against Filipino Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23), a bout that would outshine any of the proposed Watanabe bouts.
This all looks like it will leave the winner of Monday's WBO Flyweight title bout, between Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] and Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成], as the proverbial loser.
The original rumour was that Taguchi's move up in weight would potentially see him face the winner of their bout, giving us the long awaited Tanaka Vs Taguchi bout, but with Taguchi fighting at 108lbs the winner of the Flyweight bout is unlikely to be featured on "TBS's Kyokugen". That is unless TBS and CBC do a split site broadcast, as they have done once in the past.
There is also the possibility that Kyoguchi misses out on the Kyokugen card to fight in January instead, as Acosta is planning to defend his WBO title in mid October, potentially leading to more boxing on TBS.
Whatever we get out of TBS to end 2018 looks likely to be something very special and we can't wait for the rumours to stop and concrete match ups, dates and venues to begin being announced!
For those who would like to read a recent interview with Taguchi about his return in English he recently spoke to the excellent Nick Skok, who interviewed him for Ring Magazine.That interview can be read here.
Once touted as a potential star Japan's Ryuto Kyoguchi (15-2-1, 11) [京口 竜人] has seen various issues have a negative effect on his boxing career, slowly destroying what could have been a really memorable career.
He came to the attention of the Japanese boxign world back in 2011 but a loss to Kosuke Saka in 2015 ended his unbeaten run, and a loss to Silvester Lopez this year further damaged his hopes of being a star in the ring. Despite those losses he did still have the style and in ring personality to make a career out of boxing, even if he wasn't going to become a star.
Sadly what has been a bigger problem has been his out of the ring issues, which included an arrest last year for an assault, and an issue with drink driving this year.
The assault saw his previous gym, Teiken Osaka, end ties with him and now his latest gym, Green Tsuda, have done the same, apologising for his actions, fining him and then ending their contract with him.
Kyoguchi has himself handed in a retirement notice to the JBC, though it is set to be reviewed by a special committee within the JBC, with his retirement expected to be accepted by the JBC in the near future.
For those unaware Ryuto Kyoguchi is the older brother of current IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人], who left Osaka to begin his career, and has had amazing success already winning the OPBF and IBF titles. Making some wonder what could have been for Ryuto if he too had committed himself fully to the sport.
(Image, of Masaya Motoishi the chairman of Green Tsuda gym, courtesy of Boxmob.jp)
Back in 2011 Ryuto Kyoguchi (15-2-1, 11) [京口 竜人] looked like a star in the making with an attractive style, a fun personality and a gym pushing him as the second Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. It looked as if Osakan boxing was set to have another must watch fighter when he won the Featherweight Rookie of the year and began going through the rankings. Sadly though things since then haven't ben great with the fighter having issues in, and out of the ring.
In the ring he has claimed a controversial draw with Adones Aguelo, in a bout most had his losing, suffered a 3rd round TKO to Kosuke Saka and suffered a recent split decision loss to Silvester Lopez.
Outside of the ring things have been worse, with an arrest for an assault against his name in 2015, which lead to Osaka Teiken dropping him. Green Tsuda gave him a chance but he has now let that gym down as well following an arrest for drink driving early this week in Osaka. It's clear that his fun personality can see him go to far at times, and it's obvious that he really needs to sort it out, before it costs him, or someone else, their life.
The gym have taken responsibility for Kyoguchi's actions but the truth is that 26 year old fighter now needs to take control of his life and sort himself out before his throws his career away. He has the ability to be a must watch fighter, as does his brother Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6) [京口 紘人] who is set to fight for a world title later this month, but needs to sort his actions out and really make the most of his ability, before he destroys his career altogether.
Earlier today the Green Tsuda gym held a press conference to announce Crash Boxing 12, which will be held in the city of in Hirakata on August 11th, and to speak about the upcoming Japanese title challenge of Takayuki Okumoto (18-7-3, 8) [奥本 貴之], who faces Japanese Super Flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai (27-7, 19) [船井 龍一] on July 23rd.
Whilst a lot of focus was put on Okumoto it may well have been school girl boxer Fuka Komura (4-0, 2) [小村 楓香] who stole attention once again as it was officially announced that she would feature on Crash Boxing 12 in a Japanese female title eliminator against Sarasa Ichimura (3-5-1) [一村 更紗].
Although Komura's appearance at the press confernece got plenty of attention it's worth noting the card is peppered with notable names. They include former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (26-8, 13) [川口 裕], Ryota Yada (13-4, 11) [矢田 良太] and the always fun to watch Ryuto Kyoguchi (15-2-1, 11) [京口 竜人], though none of those 3 have had their opponents announced as of yet.
Interestingly Ryuto Kyoguchi's brother, Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6) [京口 紘人], will headline the card where Okumoto takes on Funai,with Hiroto facing off with IBF Minimumweight champion Jose Argumedo (20-3-1, 12).
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Earlier today fights fans in Osaka saw former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (22-12-2, 19) extend his career with a significant win, as he over-came touted Japanese fighter Ryuto Kyoguchi (14-2-1, 10) [京口 竜人] in a notable upset.
Coming in to the bout it seemed like Lopez, who's career has flatered in recent times, was being brought in to boost Kyoguchi towards a potential OPBF title fight. The Filipino hadn't read script though and fought as if he was there to give the 26 year old hopeful a beating.
From the early moments the two men took it in turns to land big shots as they traded hooks, and let the power shots fly at each other. Unfortunately for the local it was the visitor with the edge in skills and power and he managed to drop Kyoguchi, scoring the only knockdown of the fight.
Although Kyoguchi refused to stay down the knockdwon helped secure Lopez the decision, with scores of 78-75 and 77-75, getting him a split decision against a bizarre card of 77-76 in favour of Kyoguchi.
This was Lopez's 3rd visit to Japan but his first win on Japan soil, and more tellingly his first win out side of the Philippines since a 2011 win in Mexico against Oscar Ibarra.
Sadly for Kyoguchi, the older brother of the very highly regarded Hiroto Kyoguchi, this is his second loss in the space of two years, and given his out of the ring problems in recent times it's going to take a real show of character to come back from this set back.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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