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Ex-world champ Kyoguchi seeking way to make comeback after bitter loss to Teraji last Nov.

Feb 12, 2023 15:51 pm

Former World Boxing Association light flyweight ‘’super’’ champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Watanabe Boxing Gym has been groping for a way to make a comeback following his devastating defeat in a title unification fight last year.

Kyoguchi was stopped in the seventh round by World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji of B.M.B. Boxing Gym in an exciting fight on Nov. 1 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The 29-year-old Kyoguchi, who resumed training after his stablemate Masataka Taniguchi’s unsuccessful title defense on Jan. 6, told a reporter of Boxing Beat earlier in February at the gym that while he resumed training, ‘’It will take some time to knock the rust off,’’ and engaged in getting a good foundation of the basics of boxing, including physical training and hitting a punching bag.

‘’True, I will aim at winning a world title, but not at any cost as in before. Rather, I want to have a heated battle.’’ Kyoguchi aims at moving up in weight to flyweight unless there is an attractive offer for a fight at light flyweight, which is the reason why he has been making a strong effort to strengthen his physical strength.

‘’I know it will be more challenging than when I moved up to light flyweight from minimumweight. I mean I want to enhance my durability and physical capability without losing my mobile power,’’ he said.
Kyoguchi added, ‘’Though blocking was mostly my way of defense in the past, I want to acquire other defense techniques solidly. I want to move up in weight just like Roman Gonzales (of Nicaragua who captured world titles in four different weight divisions from minimumweight to super flyweight).

In this connection, Kyoguchi, who now has a 16-1 win-loss tally with 11 KOs, showed a fine move in four rounds of touch sparring with Taniguchi.

Kyoguchi, who formally got married on Jan. 21, said he hopes to take a crack at a world title and have a baby in 2023.

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