WBA Gives January 7 Deadline For Kyoguchi v Bermudez Formal Contract

Is The WBA Guity of Favoritism Towards Kyoguchi?

Hiroto Kyoguchi looks over at Esteban Bermudez
Hiroto Kyoguchi looks over at Esteban Bermudez

WBA Extends Contract Deadline. Is Kyoguchi Receiving Favoritism?

To describe the effort to stage the contest between WBA ‘super’ world junior flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi and WBA ‘interim’ world junior flyweight champion Esteban Bermudez as a drawn-out process would be an understatement. Here is the latest update on that development.

The WBA announced a January 7 deadline for both parties to send an official contract. It is the latest ruling of a series of events that began in 2020. Here’s a timeline of events.


On June 10, 2021, they initially ordered that Kyoguchi’s next defense must come against Bermudez, giving them thirty days to negotiate a deal. After failing to reach an agreement, a ten-day extension was granted on August 28. Yet another notice was handed out on October 20, with a fifteen-day deadline to reach a deal. That failed, and the purse bid was set for November 12, 2020. Here’s where things get strange.

A day before the purse bid, Kyoguchi’s promoter, Matchroom, informed the WBA that a deal has been finalized. They received a November 22 time limit to send the formal contracts. However, they failed to send over a contract! Now we have this new deadline of January 7.

One has to wonder why the WBA has been so lenient towards Hiroto Kyoguchi. Matchroom is guilty of a lack of professionalism by claiming that a contract was signed, but failing to send it to the WBA. They are playing a dangerous game, kicking the ball when it comes to this fight. If things continue to go on like this, the sanctioning body will have no choice but to strip Kyoguchi. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further updates.

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