Earlier today WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] met with Hiroshi Mizobata, the director of the Osaka Tourism Bureau.
The meeting wasn't just a friendly chit chat between the two men but was actually a pretty notable event with Kyoguchi being recognised as an ambassador for the Osaka Tourism bureau.
At the event Kyoguchi revealed that he wanted to share the best of Osaka.
Mr Mizobata began the event by talking about Kyoguchi being born in Osaka and his success, and added that he wanted to help support Kyoguchi fighting in Osaka, something that he did last time against fellow Osakan Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
The meeting was also attended by Hitoshi Watanabe, Kyoguchi's promoter, who added that Kyoguchi will be fighting to try and raise the profile of Osaka. Watanabe also revealed that there are no current plans for Kyoguchi's next bout, but hopes it can be set for Spring, and seemed very open to it being done in Osaka.
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Earlier this week news broke that the highly anticipated Light Flyweight world title unification bout between WBC champion Kenshiro (16-0, 9) [拳四朗] and IBF champion Felix Alvarado (35-2, 30), scheduled for December 23rd, had been cancelled due to health issues regarding Alvarado. Today saw further developments in the story.
According multiple Japanese sources Alvarado is suspect to have contracted dengue fever, something a lot more serious than just a bad chest.
Dengue has become more prevalent in Nicaragua recently, and by August this year the US embassy was warning citizens travelling to Nicaragua about the issue, with more than twice as many cases than at the same point in 2018. We really hope that Alvarado isn't suffering from dengue fever, but sources in Japan, who have spoken to Akihiko Honda, have stated his symptoms are similar to those of the fever.
For Kenshiro fans there is clearly going to be disappointment, though sources have also informed us that they are planning to keep the baby faced Japanese champion on the show and that an alternative opponent will be confirmed in the near future.
Given that WBC rankings at 108lbs, and the fighters who are going to be able to make the date, aren't booked else where and the such, they could make some interesting bouts. These include bouts against the likes of Daniel Valladares (21-1, 13), Deejay Kriel (15-1-1, 7), Daniel Matellon (10-0-2, 6) or even Japan's very own Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
Whilst we're not going to be seeing a unification bout it is good to hear that Kenshiro will still be on the show, and once again we are really hoping for the best with Alvarado's health.
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Earlier this month we saw Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] take on WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人]. Although Hisada came up short he impressed, with a fantastic effort and really enhanced his profile and standing in the sport, in what was his 46th bout and his first at world level.
Originally he told the media that retirement was likely, with one media source stating that Hisada was 90% sure he was going to call it a day and retirement.
Today he has come back out and announced that his future as bleak as it first seemed. Instead of retiring on the high of losing a competitive bout with Kyoguchi, he will fight on, for another year. And he will do so as a Flyweight.
The plan is for Hisada to move up 4lbs and hunt a Flyweight world title bout, adding his name into the mix in division that is perhaps less deep than the current Light Flyweight division. He is looking to fight just twice, with the first bout likely a contest to get used to the weight before moving on a world title fight in the second bout. Given how the Japanese boxing calendar tends to set it's self out that would likely mean a world title fight around May or September next year.
Given that there is a lack of top tier talent at Flyweight, with a a real drop off after the very top contenders, there is a very good chance that Hisada will indeed get a shot at a title, possibly in another all Japanese bout against current WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成].
Earlier today Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] held a press conference to talk about yesterday's win over Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which saw him retaining his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight titles.
The champion, sporting a still swollen and bruised left eye, seemed in good spirits but looked like he had indeed been in a hell of a fight.
At today's press conference it was revealed that the MBS website had received around 500,000 accesses for the video of the fight. That's a pretty solid number, given that youtube showed a live figure around 5,00 at the first bell, though it's unclear whether that includes the 160,000 views the official youtube video currently has as well. If not then it's an impressive figure for a mid-week fight that didn't really get the promotional attention it deserved.
Kyoguchi told the press that he was a little bit uncomfortable through the fight, and it was no wonder given the effort and success Hisada was having. He explained that it was a tough fight, something that was clear watching it, though added that it was a good experience to beat someone like Hisada.
One thing that seemed a surprise to Kyoguchi, and in fairness to use too, was how pro-Hisada everyone was. Kyoguchi admitted it felt more like an away fight than expected and admitted that he thought it was Hisada who had attracted the fans. That shouldn't have been much of a surprise, given it was Hisada's 11th fight at the EDION Arena, but it was still a shock to us at least to not see more fans there for the champion.
Kyoguchi was joined by gym chairman Hitoshi Watanabe who stated that he was hoping his charge would fight in a unification bout next year with WBC champion Kenshiro (16-0, 9) [拳四朗]. Whilst that's a fight we would all obvious love to see it should be noted that we had heard the same earlier this year and the bout doesn't appear to be any closer than it was 10 months ago. Both fighters clearly want the bout, but boxing keeps proving things aren't ever that simple.
Originally it seemed like Hisada wasn't going to be back in the ring, with Hisada revealing to the press after the fact that he was 90% sure he would be retiring. A follow up social media post however saw him admit he wasn't sure if he was going to retire or not, and it seems like he may well continue after having received so many messages about his performance. Given how well he against Kyoguchi it really wouldn't be a surprise if the Harada gym managed to talk him into having 1 more big fight before hanging them up.
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Tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], which will see Kyoguchi defending his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine, will not any live television coverage, a strange given the bout will be an all-Japanese affair. In fact not only is it an all Japanese bout, but it's all Osakan bout, in Osaka, a perfect chance for MBS to get a huge audience figure for a bout that sells it's self.
Thankfully however MBS, the Kansai affiliate of TBS, will actually have the bout legally and freely available.
The bout will be available on the MBS website, with this link, or alternatively the youtube link we've included below.
The broadcast is expected to go live around 20:00 local time on Tuesday, though MBS do stipulate that the start time may change depending on when the bout actually takes place and the speed in which the undercard progresses.
Interestingly there has been stipulated date or time for a tape delay television broadcast, so watching the live streams may be the only opportunity to see the bout, much like the IBF Flyweight title bout earlier this year between Moruti Mthlane and Masayuki Kuroda [黒田 雅之].
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