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WBC light flyweight champ Teraji to defend title against top-ranked Yabuki on Sept. 10

Jul 05, 2021 23:13 pm

Undefeated World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji of BMB Boxing Gym will defend his title against top-ranked Masamichi Yabuki of Midori Boxing Gym on Sept. 10 at Kyoto City Gymnasium in Kyoto, western Japan, Masato Yamashita of Shinsei Boxing Gym who will promote the fight said on July 5 in Osaka.

It will be the 29-year-old Teraji’s ninth defense of the title he won from Ganigan Lopez of Mexico in May 2017 and his first since decisioning Tetsuya Hisada of Harada Boxing Gym in April this year for his eighth title defense.

Appearing at the day’s joint press conference, Teraji said, ‘’I am glad that I will be able to defend my title in my home city of Kyoto for the first time despite the lingering COVID-19. The upcoming fight will only serve as a way station for me. While Mr. Yabuki is strong, I will beat him by a wide margin. I think I can keep my distance and will aim at a knockout victory around the middle of the fight.’’

Teraji said he has concentrated on boosting his basic physical fitness at BMB gym run by his father Hisashi for nearly a month.

For his part, the 28-year-old Yabuki, the Japanese light flyweight champion, replied, ‘’True, the champion (Teraji) has a good sense of distance, jabs and a strong lower body strength. But I’ve got a strong punch and speed. If he comes to knock me out. My chance of winning a KO victory will so much increase. I watched his fight with Hisada from the ringside. He did not look stronger than I had thought beforehand. The coming fight will probably become a battle of jabs. His punching distance is mine, too.

The fight promoter Yamashita said, ‘’While the fight venue has a seating capacity of 5,000, I am thinking about accepting 2,500 spectators. The situation may change depending upon the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Teraji has 18 wins, including 10 KOs, while Yabuki, who will make his first crack at a world title, has a 12-3 win-loss record with 11 KOs.

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