The junior flyweight division is on display bright and early Tuesday morning in Saitama, Japan. Hiroto Kyoguchi and Kenshiro Teraji square off to unify Teraji’s WBC title and Kyoguchi’s WBA (super) title. The ESPN+ card got underway at 4:30 a.m. and now we await the main event.
Kyoguchi is 16-0 and has made four successful defenses of the WBA and The Ring titles. He last fought in June, stopping Esteban Bermudez in the eighth round. That followed a fifth round TKO win over Axel Aragon Vega.
Teraji is 19-1 and coming off a third-round knockout of Masamichi Yabuki in March to recapture the WBC title. Yabuki stunned him six months previously with a tenth-round TKO to snap Teraji’s undefeated record.
Kyoguchi comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -195 favorite while Teraji is a +150 underdog. The favored fight outcome is a Kyoguchi decision or technical decision at +140. That is followed y a Kyoguchi KO, TKO, or DQ at +260. Teraji outcomes are +300 for a decision and +475 for a stoppage.
Here’s the results of the four-fight undercard so far.
- Jonathan Gonzalez unanimous decision over Shokichi Iwata (116-112, 116-112, 117-111)
- Junto Nakatani unanimous decision over Francisco Rodriguez Jr (97-92, 98-91, 99-90)
- Shuichiro Yoshino 6th round TKO over Masayoshi Nakatani
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the 12-round bout until we get a unified champ.
Kenshiro Teraji vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Teraji
Both fighters feeling each other out in what was mostly a jab-fest with not a lot landing. But more activity from the WBC champion, as Kyoguchi looks fine to remain patient and look for the big punch.
Round 2: 10-9 Teraji
Real tough round to score, as Kyoguchi landed to the body and a nice upper cut as well early. But a flourish towards the end of the round scored for Teraji, who was able to score with the right to the body and multiple guard-splitting jabs.
Round 3: 10-9 Kyoguchi
While there’s still more activity from Teraji, the power punches are scoring for the WBA champion. Neither man looks like they’re doing much damage, but plenty of fists flying if not necessarily hitting hard. Good fight so far.
Round 4: 10-9 Teraji
Both fighters are starting to string together combinations, but some upper cuts and body shots from Teraji coming in behind the jab get him the round. Kyoguchi seems content to try and counterpunch, and if he can land one of these upper cuts he’s just missing, he could end this in a hurry.
Round 5: 10-8 Teraji (knockdown)
What a round! A straight right 40 seconds into the round puts Kyoguchi down. He popped up almost immediately, but Teraji came right downhill and was looking to stop it. Kyoguchi survived the flurry and ended up scoring himself with a huge right that stunned the man that just put him on the canvas. The last 30 seconds were all Kyoguchi, but he wasn’t able to end it as both men spilled to the canvas via unintentional trip as the bell rang.
Round 6: 10-9 Teraji
A much quieter round as both men still likely recovering from the fifth. Teraji again showed more activity and was able to score with the jab while showing more ring generalship. We’ll see if the leather starts to fly again before the final bell.
Round 7: Teraji wins by TKO at 2:36 of the seventh round
A straight right behind a jab from Teraji puts Kyoguchi back into the ropes, and the follow-ups force an immediate stoppage without a count. A tremendous fight and performance from Teraji, who deservedly takes home both belts.