It was only a few hours ago that we saw Naoya Inoue battle with Jason Moloney in Las Vegas, but we are already looking to the future, and we are already looking the next world title fight to feature and Asian fight.
The bout come on November 3rd in Osaka when Ring Magazine and WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] takes on unbeaten Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12).
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men under-went their physical examinations allowing us to compile something of a tale of the tape:
What we get from these are mostly advantages for the champion. Although the two men have fought the same amount of bouts Kyoguchi has more than twice as many rounds as the challenger, he has 6 world title fighters, to Simsri's 0, and his has experience of going much deeper into bouts than the challenger.
The champion is also the older, more naturally mature man, at 26, and is also slightly taller and more thick set than the challenger.
The one physical advantage of Simsri's is his reach, which is 6cm (around 2.5"), longer than Kyoguchi's. On paper Simsri might look like the bigger puncher, with 3 more stoppages, but that's more a case of Kyoguchi fighting at a higher level, against tougher opponents. In fact 4 of Kyoguchi's 5 distance bouts have been at world level.
Interestingly today was the first tine the two men had actually met and got their first chance to see their upcoming opponent in person.
Kyoguchi admitted that he though it was amazing that Simsri was fighting for a world title at 20 years old, though did suggest the challenger had some nerves. He also stated that he didn't care about the reach disadvantage, and explained he had been sparring naturally bigger opponents.
Simsri admitted that he had nerves, but still seemed fairly confident. He stated that Kyoguchi had a strong looking body, but it seems like he is looking to neutralise Kyoguchi's physical strength but using his reach. Notably he seemed surprised by having such a clear reach advantage.
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We are just a few short days away from the final world title bout of the year, which will see Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] defending the WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jeyvier Cintron (11-0-0-1, 5). Today, in one of the pre-fight formalities for the contest, the two men went through their physical examinations.
It was at the physical that the size disparity of the two men became very clear.
Cintron was 5.5cm, more than 2", taller than the champion and boasted a 12cm, almost 5", reach advantage over the Japanese star.
Ioka suggested it wouldn't be a problem, explaining he had been sparring with taller, fighters, and had also focused on southpaw counter measures, looking to neutralise the southpaw advantages of Cintron. He seemed relaxed and calm about the contest, like a man who had been here before and a man who has been fighting at world level for years.
Cintron on the other hand explained that numbers didn't matter, and spoke about the success that his trainer, Ivan Calderon, had despite being shorter than many of his opponents. It seemed like he knew he needed to be more than just the bigger man to win, and that he'd have to actually use his advantages to defeat Ioka.
For those wanting to watch the bout will be broadcast across Japan at 6PM local time on TBS, and affiliated channels.
Related - Ioka and Cintron to clash in final world title bout of the decade!
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On December 31st we'll see WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成] defending his title against Chinese challenger Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6) [乌兰]. Today, ahead of that bout the two men met up as part of the ceremonial pre-fight events, including their pre-fight physical.
At the physical today both men passed with no issues, though that certainly didn't mean there wasn't something to talk about, as both matched each almost identically in terms of physical measurements. Tanaka was the taller man, by less than 1cm, whilst Tuolehazi had 1.5cm thicker chest. They were only 2 physical difference between the the fighters.
Of course whilst they similar in stature they are different in styles, experiences, skills and other factors. This will be Wulan's 18th bout, and Tanaka's 15th, but Wulan's first at world level, whilst Tanaka will be having his 9th world title fight.
Tanaka's chest has actually grown since his last bout, and he's explained that was the fact he was able to train to the final days this time, and made weight easier than usual. Interestingly both men predicted that they would be hunting a KO win here, though neither man has been stopped so far in their careers.
Related - Tanaka takes on Wulan in year ending WBO Flyweight title bout!
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We are now just a couple of days awa y from seeing WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (13-1) [吉田 実代] make her first defense, as she goes up against Chinese challenger Li Ping Shi (5-2, 2).
Today the two finally went face to face for the first time, something that was delayed due to Shi having issues getting to Japan as originally planned. The two not only met for the first time but also took part in their physical check ups, and both fighters passed with no issues.
What was rather interesting when they met however was the visible size difference between the two. The champion almost looked dwarfed by the challenger, who was 7.7cm, more than 3"m taller than the champion and had a similar reach advantage.
Yoshida stated that she was fine with the size difference, saying that she had been sparring with bigger fighters, but this was still a visible difference and they looked like they belonged in different weight classes. Yoshida also spoke about having 2 days to relax.
Shi, who really did arrive late for to Japan and had to cancel yesterday's planned media work out, explained that she was 120% confident of winning, and that she had been boxing since she was 15, in the amateurs.
Related - Yoshida defends WBO crown against Shi!
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On Monday we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (16-0, 9) [寺地 拳四朗], making his next defense, as he faces off with once touted Filipino Randy Petalcorin (31-3-1, 23), who was a relatively late notice challenger after original plans to face IBF champion Felix Alvarado had to be shelved.
Today, ahead of Monday's bout, the two men took part in their medical examinations for their world title clash, and neither man had any abnormalities.
The medical examinations don't just see the fighters given a battery of tests however, but measurements of the two men are also taken, and whilst they aren't always the most interesting we do see some interesting numbers here.
Kenshiro is the taller man, by almost 2", but that is his only physical "advantage". Petalcorin has the thicker neck, thicker chest and longer reach. Petalcorin also boasts some edges in experience, with 63 more professional rounds than the champion, and more than twice as many career fights, with 35 bouts to Kenshiro's 16.
Although Petalcorin has more experience overall it should be noted that Kenshiro's experience is at a very different level, and this will be his 8th world title bout, and Petalcorin's second. Incidentally Petalcorin's only other world title fight saw him losing to Alvarado, the man who fell ill after being scheduled to face Kenshiro.
Related - Kenshiro Teraji goes up against Randy Petalcorin in next defense
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