Hiroto Kyoguchi Defeats Jerven Mama in Three Rounds
Chalk up another victory for local Japanese fan favorite and two-division world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (18-1, 12 KOs) as he scored a third-round stoppage over Filipino Jerven Mama (13-4-1, 7 KOs) at the Korakeun Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
IN CONTROL FROM THE OPENING BELL
It was all Kyoguchi, who used a stiff left jab and purposeful movement to apply pressure and keep Mama in retreat. Whenever he got in range, the former champion pounded Mama with straight right hands to the head, hooks, and uppercuts to the body.
Mama is nothing more than a journeyman. He simply didn’t have the firepower to ward off Kyoguchi’s attack. The home area fighter continued to unload with body shots and hurt Mama with a right hand to the head in the closing minute of round two. Kyoguchi finished matters when he dropped Mama with a left uppercut to the chin in the closing seconds of round three.
Overall, this was little more than a glorified sparring session for Kyoguchi. It was his second fight at flyweight since he was stopped in seven rounds by countryman Kenshiro Teraji in a junior flyweight unification fight in November 2022.
Ranked fourth by the WBA, seventh by the IBF, and eighth by the WBC at 112, Kyoguchi is eyeing a world flyweight title shot in 2024. His primary target is reigning WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez.