Hiroto Kyoguchi and Kenshiro Teraji both weighed easily inside the lesser flyweight limit in their fight for divisional matchless quality.
Anything that issues emerge during instructional course, neither one of the fighters has a past filled with battling at the scales. That custom extended Monday evening (nearby time), with Kyoguchi enrolling at 107 ¾ pounds and Teraji at a trim-and-prepared 107 ¼ for their exceptionally expected WBA/WBC junior flyweight unification session Tuesday night at Saitama Super Field in Saitama, Japan.
The session checks simply the second time ever that two reigning titlists from Japan meet in a unification battle. The solitary other event came over decade prior, when then, at that point unbeaten WBC strawweight champ Kazuto Ioka edged WBA titlist Akira Yaegashi in their fabulous June 2012 slugfest.
Tokyo’s Kyoguchi (16-0, 11KOs) endeavors the fifth safeguard of the WBA title he has held since New Year’s Eve 2018. The two-division titlist is 8-0 (4KOS) in significant title battles, most as of late halting Esteban Bermudez in the eighth round of their June 10 title combination conflict in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Tuesday’s battle denotes the principal in Japan in over three years for Kyoguchi, while Kyoto’s Teraji (19-1, 11KOs) has spent his whole profession in-country. The 30-year-old had work to accomplish for this battle to push ahead, nonetheless.
Teraji experienced a shocking, 10th round knockout loss to Masamichi Yabuki last September, losing his WBC title all the while. The title battle was delayed by almost fourteen days because of his already testing positive for — and maybe never completely recuperating from — Coronavirus. He was good to go for the rematch, halting Yabuki in the third round to recapture his title on Walk 19, with the two sessions occurring in his Kyoto old neighborhood.
The victor will earn respect as the division’s actual lineal boss, however another title opportunity anticipates as whoever wins at night’s co-include.
Puerto Rico’s Jonathan ‘Bomba’ Gonzalez (26-3-1, 14KOs) came in right at the 108-pound divisional cutoff with regards to his WBO junior flyweight title. His challenger, Tokyo’s Shokichi Iwata (9-0, 6KOs) weighed 107 ¾ pounds for his most memorable significant title battle.
he occasion was assembled fully intent on matching the champ of the two title battles in a three-belt confrontation in the primary quarter of 2023. Nonetheless, the Gonzalez-Iwata could be compelled to next make a required title protection, per a decision during the yearly WBO show last week in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Gonzalez won the WBO lash in a twelve-round choice triumph over Elwin Soto last October 16 in Fresno, California. He has won four straight by and large since getting back to 108. Counting a twelve-round focuses prevail upon Imprint Anthony Barriga in his most memorable title guard on June 24 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Two additional battles balance the broadcast quadrupleheader, which airs on ESPN+ in the U.S. (4:30 a.m. ET), Amazon Prime in Japan (5:30 p.m. JST), ESPN Knockout in Latin America and on DAZN in Europe.
Junto Nakatani (23-0, 18KOs) — a 24-year-old southpaw from Kanagawa — was 114 ½ pounds for his most memorable retaliate at junior bantamweight since clearing his WBO flyweight title short of what multi week prior. Mexico’s Francisco ‘Chihuas’ Rodriguez (36-5-1, 25KOs) — a previous brought together strawweight titlist who is currently a main ten 115-pound competitor — checked in at 115 pounds for their planned ten-round challenge.
Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14KOs) — no connection to Junto — was 134 ¼ pounds and Shuichiro Yoshino (15-0, 11KOs) was 135 pounds for their planned twelve-round local title battle between Tokyo-based lightweights.