Japanese star Hiroto Kyoguchi will make his US debut against diminutive Mexican Axel Vega this weekend, keen to express his dominance in the 108lbs division before moving up in weight to collect further world titles.
The WBA ‘Super’ and Ring Magazine title holder plans to showcase his talents on the Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Francisco Estrada undercard at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, paving the way for unifications with rival champions Ken Shiro (WBC), Felix Alvarado (IBF) and Elwin Soto (WBO) and further glory at a higher weight.
“As long as I can stay at 108 pounds, I want to show that I am the best in this division and to dominate it,” said two-weight champion Kyoguchi, (14-0, 9 KOs). “But eventually my goal is to move up the weights and win more belts.
“I became a world champion in Japan and after that, I always wanted to come to the US to fight. This is a very big moment for my career and I want to make a big statement. The fans can expect a really entertaining fight with Vega.
“It’s an honour for me to fight for Matchroom as their first Japanese fighter. I am going to represent my country to show how great Japanese boxing is.
“The whole situation last year makes training very hard for me, it was hard to handle. This time, I have this big opportunity and I want to show a big performance for my fans. The Coronavirus has created a special situation for everyone, it’s hard to adjust to that but Matchroom have made it easy in the bubble, so thanks to them I can make weight well.
“I have seen some tape of Axel, he’s a very good fighter. I’m already a world champion so from now on I want to show everyone that I am one of the best fighters in the world, and that starts on Saturday against Vega.”
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