This coming Sunday we'll see Japanese fighter Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8) [位帝里 木下] take part in his biggest fight to date, challenging IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17) on the under-card of Manny Pacquiao Vs Jeff Horn. Although it's the second world title bout for Kinoshita this one is much higher profile thanks to the international appeal of the card, and the attention being on a Pacquiao card gets a fighter.
The Kobe man left Japan for Australia yesterday and seemed to be full of confidence as he got his flight "down under".
A win for Kinoshita would see him becoming the first fighter from the Senrima Kobe gym to claim a world title since Hozumi Hasegawa claimed his first title, the WBC Bantamweight title, back in April 2005. It would however be a notable upset with very few outside of Kinoshita's own team giving him much of a chance.
As he left for Australia the challenger had with him a letter wishing him well, given to him by his wife and was written by their daughter, and he looked like a man who had prepared hard for the contest. He is still slightly over the limit, but expected to make the Super Flyweight divisional limit without too many problems.
Ancajas faces Kinoshita in mandatory IBF defense!
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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