Tuesday morning’s fight over DAZN could end 2022’s best work, says Matt Bozeat
It might be an idea to take Tuesday morning off work and watch DAZN instead.
They’re looking at a lightweight combination from Japan that will probably be there or there in the fight-of-the-year selection.
Kenshiro Teraji (19-1) and Hiroto Kyuguchi (16-0), Nos 1 and 2 respectively in the 108lbs division for ourselves and just about everyone, are proven world-class-class-fighters They produced quality work at a great time and. they look like me.
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It’s a fight that dates back to December 2018, when Kyuguchi jumped up to 108lbs to knock out WBA Super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3) with a 10th round stoppage.
This victory made Kyuguchi a two-weight world champion after only 12 bouts. He previously earned the honor at 105lbs just 15 months after making his professional debut.
Teraji is ranked No. 1 at 108lbs after only getting revenge on his record in March.
The first fight between Teraji and Masamichi Yabuki is one of the best of 2021.
Rocked by early punches, Teraji tried to get Yabuki at the end of the next round. Teraji looked a clean punch or two away from victory in nine and 10th – before Yabuki gets a body shot and takes everything away from him.
That ended Teraji’s four-and-a-half-year reign as WBC champion.
In his defence, covid has worried him in the building – the 12-day fight has to be brought back – and the replay is different.
Teraji dominated from the start, pushing the aggressive Yabuki on the back foot with a one-two stretch before switching his attack to the ground in the third.
The punch dropped Yabuki’s hands and left him defenseless in Teraji’s right hand towards his cheek.
The shot threw him on his back and the fight was over.
A two-year champion at 28 years old, Kyuguchi was last in June, stopping Esteban Bermudez (14-3-2) in an impressive eight rounds in Guadalajara.
This was Kyuguchi’s first fight in 15 months, but he settled in quickly and immediately shed Mexican blood.
Although Bermudez fought, he lost most of the rounds and the reason the score was so close in seven rounds was because the champion was knocked out by two points due to using himself with a rabbit punch. .
The second penalty came at the end of the seventh week after a chop that brought Bermudez to his knees.
He returned to his corner on rubber legs at the bell, and knowing Bermudez was struggling, Kyuguchi jumped and buried him early in the eighth round, hitting him with non-stop strikes until the referee stepped in.
The way Kyuguchi put his punches together tonight has drawn comparisons to Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, but he hasn’t gotten anything so far.
4ft 9 ½ ins Axel Aragon Vega (14-3-1) was up two points on one card and the third stage before being pulled out with a hand injury and Tetsuya Hisada rocked Kyuguchi several times and left him with a bruised left eye. close behind security.
Hisada gives a form line to Teraji-Kyoguchi.
Eighteen months after giving Kyuguchi all that trouble, Teraji found it easy and comfortable with his compatriot, dropping the 36-year-old for the second time en route to a comprehensive victory.
Of course, it will not follow because Teraji handled Hisada more calmly than Kyuguchi will win on Tuesday, but the performance of his common opponent was a leader and shows the difference in their style.
Teraji is a boxer who can fight, while Kyuguchi is a boxer who can box. Kyuguchi likes hooks and uppercuts, while Teraji is at his most effective when he gets behind his jab – and can make fewer mistakes than Kyuguchi.
We went for Teraji to use his skills to win the Battle of the Year fighter on points.