Earlier today our good friend Julius Julianis reported that WBA Light Flyweight "super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人] had been ordered to defend his title against recently crowned "regular" champion Esteban Bermudez (14-3-2, 10), who shocked the boxing world in May with a huge upset against Carlos Canizales.
According to Jake Donovan, writing for Boxing Scene, the two teams have been told that they have until July 11th to reach a deal for the fight before it goes to purse bids. Sadly the bout is reported to be an over-due mandatory, meaning wiggle room for a potential unification bout between Kyoguchi and WBO champion Elwin Soto isn't really there in the way fans had hoped.
Kyoguchi has held the WBA title since the very end of 2018, when he stopped Hekkie Budlerand since winning the title he had made 3 defenses, including one previous mandatory, against fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada [久田 哲也] in 2019. Since winning the title he has signed with Matchroom, made his US debut, beating Axel Aragon Vega back in March, and become one of the main faces in Japanese boxing.
Bermudez on the other hand was a complete unknown until he upset Canizales around 2 weeks ago. There was very, very little of note on his record, with his most noteworthy win, prior to the Canizales bout, being a KO over former WBC Minimumweight champion Oswaldo Novoa. Against Kyoguchi he will go in as a massive under-dog, but would get a very, very big opportunity, and a likely career high pay day.
Sadly for Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (15-0, 13), who was supposed to face Kyoguchi last year before the champion tested positive for Covid19, it appears that his wait for a shot at the Japanese champion will be extended again, and it may well be that we never actually end up seeing that fight.
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.
On Friday in Thailand world ranked 20 year old Thanongsak Simsri (15-0, 13) ended a stretch of inactivity as he returned and stopped Nutthakorn Sungsevee (0-1) in 3 rounds. The bout, held at the Kiatkririn Fitness & Martial Art in Bang Phli, wasn't supposed to be anything more than a rust shaker for Thanongsak and it served it's purpose.
Since then rumours have swirled through the Thai boxing scene regarding what is next for Simsri.
In 2020 the Thai had travelled over to Japan, where he was supposed to face WBA "Super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人]. That bout was all set to go, and Simsri went through 2 weeks of isolation in Japan, before the contest was cancelled at the 11th hour following Kyoguchi testing positive for Covid19. Despite the cancellation Simsri's team managed to get a contractual agreement for their man to face Kyoguchi in the future.
Since the cancellation of that bout Kyoguchi has signed with Matchroom and made his US debut, defeating Axel Aragon Vega just over a week ago in Dallas.
The rumours now are that Kyoguchi and Simsri will indeed fight soon, in fact it appears their bout could be next, and could well be taking place in the US, and could be part of a rather stacked card featuring another Thai in a major bout.
The chatter from Thailand is that due to travel limitations Simsri would have a tricky time getting into Japan, thus staging the bout in the US would be much easier, and be possible much sooner. As a result the US option is being proposed by Simsri's team.
There is also talk that the bout could take place on the under-card of the much anticipated rubber bout between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3, 28), who both picked up wins just over a week ago. Srisaket is the mandatory for Estrada, and is eager for the chance to become a 3-time WBC Super Flyweight champion.
Whilst it's all very much "in the works", and a mix of rumours and speculation, it is interesting to note just how much Simsri's team are chasing this bout, and how great it would be to see the little men again getting a chance to shine in front of an international stage.
Yesterday we shared a story that Thai boxing news website Komthai (previously known as Thairec) were reporting, regarding the next bout for WBA "Super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人]. Today that bout was confirmed, with Matchroom putting up the promotional image for the bout, and the share at large, which is now confirmed to be a world title triple header.
As previously reported Kyoguchi will be defending his WBA "super" and Ring Magazine titles against Mexican youngster Axel Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8) on March 13th, as part of a card headlined by the rematch between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.
For Kyoguchi this is going to be his third defense of the title and he will be looking to join a rather short list of Japanese world champions to have successfully defended world titles on the road, and a very short list to have successfully defended a world title in the US.
Despite history potentially being against him the Japanese fighter will enter as a clear favourite and will be trying to build on a solid career which already includes wins against the likes of Jose Argumedo, Carlos Buitrago and Hekkie Budler.
As for Vega this will be his second world title bout, having previously lost a split technical decision to WBO Minimumweight champion Wilfredo Mendez. The youngster is a talented fighter, but we dare say this is a shot he's not ready for, and lacks the experience needed to take on someone like Kyoguchi, who is already a very, very experienced world level fighter.
The bout will take place at the American Airlines Center in Texas and will be shown around the world on DAZN.
If Kyoguchi wins here, as expected, he will likely face Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) later in the year, with the Thai's team currently having a contract for a world title fight with Kyoguchi.
According to the reliable Komthai (previously known as Thairec) an agreement has been reached allowing WBA "Super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] to defend his titles in the US on March 13th.
Thairath have explained that the team of Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) have allowed the bout, despite having a contractual agreement with Kyoguchi to be his next challenger, with the unbeaten Thai then having a shot at Kyoguchi after this March 13th bout.
The bout for Kyoguchi will see him take on 20 year old Mexican challenger Axel Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8), who challenged for the WBO Minimumweight title in 2019 and lost a close decision to Wilfredo Mendez. There is, however, a clear gulf in style and ability between Mendez and Kyoguchi.
For Kyoguchi this will be his third defense, and his third bout on international soil. He made his international debut in Thailand, back in 2016, and won the Light Flyweight title in Macao in 2018. Despite not being his international debut, this will be his US debut, and his first bout outside of Asia. It will also be his first bout since October 2019, when he beat Tetsuya Hisada at the EDION Arena Osaka.
As for Vega the bout will be his second world title bout, and comes on the back of a 2020 win over multi-time world title challenger Saul Juarez.
Interestingly Thairath also reported that Thanongsak had been offered a chance to travel to the US himself, though declined due to the difficulties in travel. We suspect that his experience from last year, where spent months in Japan and had to go through quarantine twice, also played a factor in him declining a journey here.
For Thanongsak the focus is going to be getting back to training, which he's planning to do next week, and begin to focus on a return to the ring.
According to the Thairath report, the bout between Kyoguchi and Vega is be taking place on the under-card of Roman Gonzalez's rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada, which should give Kyoguchi a chance to really show a global audience what he can do, thanks to DAZN and Matchroom Sports.
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