Recent world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3) may have clearly been beaten by Zolani Tete (19-3, 16) this past Friday in an IBF Super Flyweight title fight but the Japanese fighter isn't going to give up chasing his dreams of being a world champion.
In a recent conference Kinoshita said that he can't stop and will continue to aim for a Super Flyweight world title. It seems that he is deadly serious about this and has spoken about travelling to Mexico or Thailand to continue his development as a fighter.
Against Tete it seemed obvious that Kinoshita lacked experience. He had 20 fights but had never been in with someone above domestic Japanese level and it showed as he struggled with everything Tete did. On foreign soil it'd be hoped that Kinoshita could get the sparring to help his development as a fighter. It'd be hoped that the harsh environment, the hard gyms and tough training with varied partners in either Mexico or Thailand could help Kinoshita develop that experience, even if it was only in sparring.
Although Japan has some very good Super Flyweights, such as Kohei Kono, Koki Kameda, Yohei Tobe, Toshiyuki Igarashi and Sho Ishida it would seem likely that Kinoshita thinks it's going to be more about the harsh conditions away from home as opposed to just sparring that will help him reach his potential as a fighter.
Losing is always a disappointment but it seems that Kinoshita is going to use his loss as good old fashioned "kick up the backside" rather than feel sorry for himself. For that he needs commending.
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