Kenshiro Teraji Addresses Out of the Ring Troubles Ahead of Mandatory Title Defense against Tetsuya Hisada
On April 24, Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs) will make the eighth defense of the WBC World Light Flyweight title against mandatory contender Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20 KOs) at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan. Following a sixteen-month layoff, getting back into action is a welcome sight for the defending champ. It is an opportunity to wash away the stain of a problematic 2020 besieged by inactivity and personal problems. He could not fight for the first half of the year as boxing in his native Japan was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the sport resumed, Teraji signed to face Hisada in December 2020.
However, before that fight, Teraji got into hot water with the Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC). He received a 90-day suspension by the JBC for drunk driving during the summer of that year. After serving out the suspension, he is now allowed to fight again. On April 5, the 29-year-old resident of Uji, Japan held a virtual public workout session. After the session, Teraji took part in a Q&A session. According to boxing source Asian Boxing, the champ addressed the drunk driving incident.
“I caused trouble to many people and betrayed the people who supported me. The next game will show a strong appearance. However, it is not just a win, but an overwhelming victory. I want you to see where it has revived.”
Given the troubles of drama in his life over the past year, it will be interesting to witness Teraji’s mindset on fight night. On paper, he is a significant favorite to win. He also has visions of engaging in a unification bout against WBA ‘Super’ Light Flyweight world champ Hiroto Kyoguchi.
Can he wipe the slate clean to come out the better man and fighter, or are we witnessing signs of trouble that will show itself against the hungry and experienced Hisada? We will all find out on April 24 in Osaka.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.