• Kyodo

  • SHARE

Kenshiro Teraji defended his WBC light flyweight title for the eighth time on Saturday in a unanimous decision over compatriot Tetsuya Hisada at Edion Arena Osaka.

Teraji, fighting his first title bout since December 2019, sent Hisada to the canvas with a right counter in the second round and continued to produce sharp jabs and combinations throughout the 12 rounds to stay ahead on points.

In December, the 29-year-old had his license suspended for three months by the Japan Boxing Commission, was fined ¥3 million ($28,000) and was ordered to perform between 48 and 200 hours of community service after he trespassed while drunk at an apartment complex and damaged a car in July.

The Kyoto Prefecture native, who made his professional debut in 2014 and captured the world title three years later, reached a settlement with the victim but was forced to cancel his title-defense bout scheduled for Dec. 19.

“I had confidence but there was a great deal of anxiety too,” said a tearful Teraji. “I had caused many people trouble, but I hope to pay them back by winning. I’ll be grateful if you can keep supporting me.”

Teraji improved to a perfect 18-0 with 10 knockouts, while 36-year-old Hisada dropped to 34-11 with two draws.

The event admitted 2,200 spectators, according to the organizers, with the cap set at below 50 percent of the venue’s full capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)