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Teraji says he will stick to his boxing in March 19 rematch with WBC light flyweight champ Yabuki

Mar 11, 2022 19:07 pm

Former World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji of BMB Boxing Gym said after the public workout in Tokyo shown online on March 11 that he will ‘’stick to his style of boxing’’ when he challenges Masamichi Yabuki of Midori Boxing Gym in Yabuki’s first defense of the title on March 19 in Kyoto, western Japan.

The WBC issued an order for their rematch after monitoring the video on their fight on Sept. 22 last year in Kyoto that Teraji, popularly known as Kenshiro, bled profusely from the above his right eyelid in the ninth round due apparently to Yabuki’s head butt. Kenshiro was stopped in the 10th round and failed in his ninth defense of the title he won in May 2017.

The 30-year-old previously undefeated Teraji said at Misako Boxing Gym, where he normally trains, ‘’Since I am a challenger this time, I feel a little bit different. But not greatly. What is important is to win the fight. That’s the bottom line. To that end, my technique will play the most important role.’’

In the first fight, two of the three judges had it 40-36 for Yabuki, and the remaining judge saw it even at 38-38 after the first four rounds in accordance with the open scoring system, which confused Teraji’s style of boxing based on left jabs, according to Misako Gym trainer Kenta Kato, who always takes care of Teraji.

Kato said, ‘’In the previous fight, we failed to do our kind of boxing because we thought a little too much about the opponent’s boxing and started to mix it up from the ensuing round. But this time around, we will stick to our style of boxing no matter what.’’

Kensiro echoed by saying, ‘’I have been concentrating on my style of boxing during my training irrespective of my opponent.’’ He is planning to do his usual speedy boxing by moving in and out.
The scheduled 12-rounder will be held at Kyoto City Gymnasium, the same in the previous fight.

Teraji has an 18-1 win-loss tally with 10 KOs, while Yabuki, 29, has a record of 13 wins, including 12 KOs, against three defeats. The fight will be shown via AbemaTV, a Japanese live TV streaming website.
Photo by Misako Boxing Gym

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