Kenshiro Teraji – Hiroto Kyoguchi Square Off Tuesday
Coming up Tuesday night in Japan a championship double header at the smaller weight classes will take place, including Kenshiro Teraji vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi meeting in a highly anticipated WBC/WBA junior flyweight unification showdown.
Their battle will headline from the Saitama Sports Arena in Saitama, Japan,
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The fighters made the 108 lb. weight Monday afternoon in advance of their showdown and prepare for what should be an all-out slugfest.
Known as, “The Amazing Boy,” Teraji (19-1, 11 KOs) is a veteran won his WBC world title in May 2017. He had made eight defenses of that crown until a stunning 10th-round knockout defeat to Masamichi Yabuki in September 2021. However, less than six months later, Teraji exacted his revenge with a third-round knockout over Yabuki to regain his title.
As for Kyoguchi (16-0, 11 KOs), he is a two-weight champion who was the IBF 105-pound “Minimum weight” champ until he vacated that belt to move up to light flyweight. Since winning the WBA light flyweight crown on New Year’s Eve 2018 against Hekkie Budler, he has made four title defenses.
Kyoguchi is coming off June’s eighth-round stoppage over Esteban Bermudez in Mexico, which was an all out battle.
“Bomba Gonzalez Has Tough Challenge
The co-feature has an intriguing title fight as well. This, as Puerto Rico’s WBO light flyweight champion, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, will defend his version of the world title against unbeaten Japanese contender Shokichi Iwata.
Gonzalez, 26-3-1, became champ last October when he edged Elwin Soto by split decision in Fresno, CA. Gonzalez defended his WBO title in June with a unanimous decision against Filipino upstart Mark Anthony Barriga. Iwata (9-0, 6 KOs), from Tokyo, won the Japan Boxing Commission, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles en route to earning his first world title shot Tuesday night.
Teraji-Kyoguchi, Gonzalez-Iwata, and the undercard action will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 7:30 a.m. ET Tuesday. DAZN streaming has the rights for Europe, while Japanese Prime Video will show the bout on PPV in the Far East.