A seventh round stoppage for Kenshiro Teraji capped off a dominant performance against Hiroto Kyoguchi which saw him become the WBA and WBC junior flyweight champion.
From the first bell, WBC title holder Teraji dictated the pace of the fight. While Kyoguchi maintained his high guard in an attempt to expose any flaws in his opponent, Teraji got to work and landed a beautiful combination to the body in round one.
Teraji then went to work on breaking Kyoguchi's guard in the second and did exactly that. His jab was proving too much for the 28-year-old who as the fight progressed, began to feel the effects of the countless number of punches Teraji was landing.
As the pace of the fight increased, Kyoguchi was beginning to look more out of his depth, and he was dropped by a Teraji right hand in the fifth, but what followed was something no one expected. Kyoguchi managed to rally and land a few hard-hitting shots of his own in the final minute which brought an end to a potential round of the year contender.
TERAJI GETS THE KNOCKDOWN #TerajiKyoguchi pic.twitter.com/56K87IHI48— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 1, 2022
Round six was a much quieter affair, but Teraji didn't let the chaos that was evident in the fifth distract him from the task at hand, he remained disciplined and managed to nullify any threat Kyoguchi might pose using his jab.
The pace was the increased once more by Teraji in the seventh, but it was Kyoguchi who struck first with a right hand, but this spelled the beginning of the end for the WBA champion whose valiant effort came to an end as a result of another Teraji right hand which sent Kygouchi tumbling towards the ropes and forced the referee to stop the fight.
IT'S ALL OVER— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 1, 2022
Kenshiro Teraji gets the stoppage to cap off a superb performance 👏#TerajiKyoguchi pic.twitter.com/1Yi68PUCkh
Now holding both the WBC and WBA junior flyweight titles, the path to undisputed is surely the one to pursue for Kenshiro Teraji and one of his potential future foes got the win earlier on the card in the form of WBO junior flyweight champion Johnathan Gonzalez.
Gonzalez managed to overcome promising Japanese prospect Shokichi Iwata who throughout this fight asked serious questions of the defending champion. There were times Iwata troubled the Puerto Rican veteran, but Gonzalez managed to use his experience to snatch the victory after 12 hard-fought rounds with a unanimous decision.
Relive the highlights of the two fights below.