This coming Tuesday we'll see an all-Japanese bout the for the WBA Light Flyweight title. One of those involved is Hiroto Kyoguchi, a man who's career we've followed very carefully. The other is Tetsuya Hisada, a relative unknown outside of Japan.
To help introduce Hisada we've decided to include him in one of our new features, and we bring you 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Tetsuya Hisada
1-Hisada competed in both the 2004 and 2005 Rookie of the Year, at Flyweight. Sadly though he failed to get into the latter stages of either competition. Interestingly he did end Yuki Nasu's KO run in 2005, taking the then 5-0 (5) Nasu 4 rounds, though Nasu ended up winning the All Japan tournament just a few months later.
2-Despite the fact Hisada is, at the time of writing 34-9-2 (20) overall he has gone 11-2 (7) when he's fought at Light Flyweight. The losses in those two bouts have come to Ryoichi Taguchi and Kenichi Horikawa, with the loss to Horikawa being avenged!
3-The losses to Taguchi, in 2011, and Horikawa, in 2013, at Light Flyweight both came in Strongest Korakuen Bouts, which were essentially small tournaments to decide the Japanese mandatory title challengers.
4-Despite the losses in Strongest Korakuen bouts mentioned above he would actually secure his first title bout thanks to the Strongest Korakuen in 2016, when he stopped Hayato Yamaguchi in 7 rounds to secure a place at the following year's Chamnpion Carnival.
5-Hisada was 32 years old, and sporting a 27-9-2 (17) record, when he got his first title fight, a Japanese title bout against Kenichi Horikawa, in what was their third bout.
6-Prior to facing Horikawa for the then vacant belt in April 2017 Hisada had been the mandatory challenger for Kenshiro, who vacated the title to pursue a world title fight against WBC champion Ganigan Lopez.
7-When Hisada faces Hiroto Kyoguchi on October 1st he will be the first fighter from the Harada gym to fight for a world title since Tsuyoshi Harada challenged the then WBC Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza 1996! Interestingly Tsuyoshi Harada is the son of the Harada gym chairman Jitsuo Harada
8-Despite facing 4 unbeaten men in his first 5 bouts, including a debutant, Hisada hasn't faced an unbeaten opponent in over 14 years and more than 40 bouts! That ends on October 1st when he faces the 13-0 Kyoguchi.
9-During his career so far Hisada has fought 4 men who, at some point in their career, fought for a world title. These were Junichi Ebisuoka, who challenged the then WBC Minimumweight Oleydong Sithsamerchai in 2008, Ryoichi Taguchi, who would go on to have a solid reign as the WBA Light Flyweight champion, Hiroyuki Kudaka, who had 4 world title shots through his career, and Atsushi Kakutani, who lost to the then WBC Light Flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez. Kyoguchi will be the 5th!
10-Prior to his 5th, and final, defense of the Japanese title in November 2018 Hisada had twins! They were born around a week and a half before he faced Akihiro Toya, and retained his title with a 10 round decision win.
(Image courtesy of the Harada Gym)
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