Hiroto Kyoguchi Looking To An Impact Ahead of His Matchroom/American Debut
WBA ‘Super’/Ring Magazine World Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyuguchi (14-0, 9 KOs) is a man on a mission. On March 13 he faces Mexican Axel Argon Vega (14-3-1, 8 KOs) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. This is the champ’s Matchroom Boxing and United States debut.
Kyoguchi made big news within the lower weight divisions when he signed a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing in December 2020. It is a sign he is ready to take the next step in his career. Given that backdrop, the 27-year-old held a January 29 press conference in his native Japan to discuss the upcoming fight with Vega. Accompanied by his promoter, Hitoshi Watanabe, Kyoguchi informed the local media he hopes to make a statement in front of American fight fans.
“I want to make an impressive match because it is my debut match in the United States. I think that any opponent can if I do my boxing.”
The two-division world champion was to fight on November 3, 2020 against Thanongsak Simsri. However, the bout was canceled due to the champ testing positive for coronavirus. When asked about his current condition physically, Kyoguchi’s response could be cause for some concern.
“I still have subjective symptoms such as insomnia. There are places where the quality of sleep is unstable”.
Despite that worrisome discovery, Kyoguchi is attempting to make a name for himself as more of a worldwide fighter. He wants to expand his brand. Why not do so with Matchroom and fighting in the States? He is also trying to follow the footsteps of his countryman, IBF/WBA ‘Super’ World Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue. Inoue signed a deal with Top Rank in 2019. He drew rave reviews following his knockout win over Jason Moloney on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas on ESPN. You would have to think that Kyoguchi looks at what his compatriot is doing and envisions similar success. It is the perfect time for him to take his career to the next level.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.