Sensationally talented and exciting Japanese fighters seem to be rising through the ranks all the time at the moment, and the latest to make a real statement was Watanabe gym youngster Hiroto Kyoguchi (6-0, 6) [京口 紘人], who claimed the OPBF Minimumweight title earlier today with a 3rd round KO of Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-15-3, 11).
Kyoguchi started the fight on the front foot and seemed to hurt dela Cruz several times in the opening round. The Filipino though showed his ring craft as he survived the the opening round, and had one or two moments of his own. The power of Kyoguchi always looked like it would be a problem and in round 2 it proved to be the case as he dropped the Filipino and landed numerous hurtful body shots that seemed to take a lot of the fight from dela Cruz.
In the early stages of round 3 we saw dela Cruz land his best shot, a solid straight. Although it was a good shot from the Filipino it proved to be a massive mistake with Kyoguchi letting loose with a stream of destructive blows to head and body eventually sending the Filipino down for the 10 count.
Following the win Kyoguchi looked proud of having won his world title but made it clear that he knew the performance wasn't perfect, admitting that his under-used his jab, and it also seemed obvious that he is now wanting to chase a world title fight.
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(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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