According to one notable Japanese source we are set to see Hiroto Kyoguchi (5-0, 5) [京口 紘人] return to the ring on February 28th to take part in his first title bout, with that bout set to see the really exciting Watanabe Gym product take on Filipino veteran Armando dela Cruz (25-14-3, 11) in a bout for the OPBF Minimumweight title.
The bout is said to have been pencilled in for the "Dangan 176" card, set for the very end of February and will act as a co-feature for the 2017 Charmpion Carnival bout between Masayuki Kuroda (25-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] and Yuta Matsuo (12-2-1, 6) [ユータ松尾], who will battle for the for the interim Japanese Flyweight title.
At the time of writing only one source has informed us of this bout, but it has been known that Kyoguchi was in talks for an OPBF title bout, and it may be that the talks have pushed through this short notice contest for the incredibly fun to watch unbeaten youngster, who appears to be on the fast track to the top.
It does leave some questions, such as whether or not Ryuya Yamanaka (13-2, 3) [山中 竜也] has vacated the title, but it would likely be a case of Yamanaka being moved into a world title fight if he has vacated. Talking about world title bouts a reason why Kyoguchi may have been rushed into a bout for the title could be that his team are looking to get him in world title action before the end of 2017.
We suspect more news in regards to this bout will be revealed in the coming days, with Dangan expected to announce some of their upcoming shows for Boxingraise shortly, and the card in question is expected to be streamed live over the excellent subscription service.
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