Ken Shiro vs Hiroto Kyoguchi: Could we see a light flyweight unification bout in 2019?
Earlier this year, 3KingsBoxing reported immediately following his win over Hekkie Budler to capture the WBA light flyweight title December 31 in, newly crowned champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9KO) called for a unification bout against WBC champion Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 KO), who moved up in weight to win the WBC titl the day before in Tokyo.
Well we may indeed see a unification bout between these two Japanese standouts before the year is out. Yesterday during a celebratory event in his honor, Shiro discussed his future plans.
In attendance with his father, Hisashi Teraji, Shiro stated plans to fight three times in 2019. In May, he plans to have another title defense. If successful, he plans to make another defense later in the year.
Then, to end 2019, he wants a unification bout against Kyoguchi in December!
Now if all goes to script, expect the unification bout on one of Japan’s end of the year multi-world title cards! Over the last few years, Japan has staged significant boxing cards featuring multiple world title bouts featuring many of Japan’s world titleholders during the last two days of the year.
The fact that Kyoguchi, and now Shiro, are openly talking about fighting each other means there’s a good chance preliminary discussions have probably taken place. While unknown to casual fans, among hardcore boxing heads this fight is an intriguing clash and a pretty highly anticipated match-up that would be huge in Japan.
Besides, this showdown would mean a unification bout; something that should always be applauded and welcomed!
By: Michael Wilson Jr.