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Sunday. January 24. 2021

WBA light flyweight ‘super’ champ Kyoguchi to defend title on March 13 in U.S.

Undefeated World Boxing Association light flyweight ‘’super’’ champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Watanabe Boxing Gym will make his debut in the United States on March 13 in Dallas in the state of Texas by defending his title against Axel Aragon Vega of Mexico under the contract with sporting event promotions company Matchroom Boxing of England, Matchroom said on Jan. 22 (23 Japan time).

According to Matchroom, with which Kyoguchi sealed a deal last December, the scheduled 12-rounder will be staged at the American Airlines Center in the city as one of the supporting cards for the title unification bout between World Boxing Council super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico and WBA’s ‘’super’’ champion Roman ‘’chocolatito’’ Gonzales of Nicaragua.

While the 27-year-old Kyoguchi had to cancel his planned title defense against Thai’s Thanongsak Simsri on Nov. 3 last year in Osaka as Kyoguchi and his chief trainer proved positive in PCR tests for novel coronavirus immediately before the fight, Watanabe gym had explored ways to rearrange the title defense against the Thai late last December, which did not come through due to the worsening conditions surrounding the COVID-19.

It was under these circumstances Kyoguchi concluded the contract with Matchroom, buttressed by DAZN, a sports streaming platform that is regarded as one of the world’s foremost promotion entities. Kyoguchi has a record of 14 straight wins, including nine knockouts.

Kyoguchi, who has successfully defended the title twice so far, sent his determination to Matchroom’s homepage by stating ‘’I really appreciate the opportunity in which I can prove the Japanese boxing is the best in the world. I will devote myself heart and soul so that I can be a star in the world.’’

The 20-year-old Vega, who has a record of 14 wins, including eight KOs, against three defeats and a draw, lost to World Boxing Organization minimumweight champion Wilfredo Mendez of Puerto Rico in 2019 with a technical decision.

He then moved up to the light flyweight and has been looking for an opportunity to challenge a world title at this weight.

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