Hiroto Kyoguchi Returns to Face Thanogsak Simsri
Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9 KOs) will make the third defense of the WBA Junior Flyweight title against Thailand’s Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12 KOs) on November 3 at the Intex Osaka in Osaka, Japan.
The 26-year-old from Tokyo was originally scheduled to put the belt on the line against Adika Sabu in May in Sasaki City, Japan. However, the fight was canceled as boxing was suspended in due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
A press conference with Kyoguchi in attendance took place in Osaka. The champ is eager to step in the ring and ready to show his superiority according to Kyoto News.
“I’m happy we are going to be able to have a fight. I want a bout that will illustrate the skill gap between us.”
From film observation of his fights, Simsri (ranked 11th by the WBA) has shown power in both hands. But in truth, it’s understandable why the champ believes there is a disparity in skill. The 20-year-old from Si Sa Ket, Thailand is raw and far from refined in terms of boxing technique.
A couple of things are noteworthy regarding this fight.
One, there will be fans in attendance. The Intex has a seating capacity of 4,000 seats. But due to precautions and the rules established by the Japanese Boxing Commission, only 2,000 fans will be admitted. Fans cannot sit next to, behind nor in front of each other.
Secondly and more importantly, this will be the first world title fight to take place in Japan since the sport was allowed to resume in July. If Kyoguchi retains his title as expected, hopefully we can get the unified showdown against WBC champ Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 12KO)!
By: Michael Wilson Jr.