Nakatani to fight sophisticatedly in his 1st defense of WBO super flyweight title against Cortes
Sep 16, 2023 19:57 pm
Sep 16, 2023 17:31 pm
World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji of B.M.B. Boxing Gym said at a joint press conference at a Tokyo hotel he will aim at riding on the wave in his fight with challenger Hekkie Budler of South Africa in the main event of the ‘’Prime Video Presents Live Boxing 5’’ extravaganza on Sept. 18 at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena.
The 31-year-old Teraji, who is making his second defense of the WBA title and his third of the WBC crown, told reporters, ‘I will fight my fight and aim at attacking him constantly.’’
Teraji, who has continued knockout or technical knockout victories in his past three bouts, went on, ‘’While I have continued KO victories, I am not particularly aware of that. I will go with the flow of the fight, which is important and can lead to a KO victory in a natural way.’’
Asked about his future, Teraji replied, ‘’Though I have in mid the matter of the unification of the titles of the four governing bodies as well as moving up in weight to become a two-weight division world champion. But I haven’t decided yet. It is important to win the upcoming fight soundly.’’
The 35-year-old Budler, who was a former two-division world champion and is currently ranked fourth in the division by the WBA and first by the WBC, simply said he is ready to go the full 12-round distance and people will know what he meant if they see the fight.
Teraji has a record of 21 wins, including 13 KOs, against a loss, while Budler has a 35-4 win-loss tally with 11 KOs.