Jonathan Gonzalez Falls Ill; Teraji Unification Bout Postponed

Team Teraji Scrambling for Replacement Opponent

Kenshiro Teraji vs Jonathan Gonzalez unification bout postponed
Kenshiro Teraji (L, Credit: Naoki Fukuda), Jonathan Gonzalez (Credit: Damon Gonzalez)

Jonathan Gonzalez vs Kenshiro Teraji Unification No Longer Slated for April 8


The April 8 junior flyweight unification showdown between WBO champion Jonathan Gonzalez (27-3-1, 14 KOs) and unified champion Kenshiro Teraji (20-1, 12 KOs) has been postponed. According to the news source Fight Freaks Unite, Gonzalez had to withdraw as he’s currently suffering from pneumonia.

DISAPPOINTING SETBACK

Teraji – Gonzalez had been in the making since they fought on the same card on November 1, 2022, in Saitama, Japan. That evening, Teraji scored a seventh-round TKO win in a unification match against countryman and then-WBA champion Hiroto Kyoguchi. On the undercard, Gonzalez scored a unanimous decision victory over Shokichi Iwata.

2022 was a fantastic year for the unified champion. In March of that year, Teraji regained the WBC 108-pound belt with a third-round stoppage in a rematch with Masamichi Yabuki. Next up was the win over Hiroto Kyoguchi to become the unified champion. Teraji’s efforts earned him 3kingboxing.com’s Comeback Fighter of the Year.

Whether Teraji will still fight on April 8 is up in the air. With Gonzalez out, there is an active search to find a replacement opponent. Word on the street that two fighters have emerged as candidates as a substitute opponents for Teraji. They are the WBA thirteenth-ranked junior flyweight Gerardo Zapata and WBO number two ranked flyweight Anthony Olascuaga. Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for any further updates.

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