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Matchroom signs Hiroto Kyoguchi to multi-fight deal

Kyoguchi’s November 3rd title defense against Thanongsak Simsri fell through due to COVID

Hiroto Kyoguchi v Tanawat Nakoon - WBA Super Light Flyweight Title Bout Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images

One of the best light flyweights in the world, WBA “Super” and Ring champion Hiroto Kyoguchi has joined forces with Matchroom Boxing.

“I am confident that I will give it my all and show honour in this sport as a proud Japanese world champion,” said Kyoguchi. “I’m ready!”

“I’m delighted to welcome two division World Champion and Ring Magazine king Hiroto Kyoguchi to the Matchroom Boxing team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “As we continue our global expansion we welcome our first Japanese world champion to Matchroom and look forward to our first show there in 2021. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with him and his manager Eddy Reynoso.”

“It is an honour to work with the best promoter in the world in Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing,” said Eddy Reynoso of No Boxing No Life management. “Thanks also to Hiroto Kyoguchi for having the confidence to let me represent him. We look forward to a big future together.”

This is undoubtedly a very welcome bit of good news for Kyoguchi (14-0, 9 KO), a former minimumweight champion who hasn’t seen action since a successful second defense against Tetsuya Hisada in October of last year. He was supposed to face Thai wunderkind Thanongsak Simsri in November, only to test positive for COVID at the last minute.

In addition to the greater exposure, this gives Kyoguchi easy access to at least one fellow titlist: IBF champ Felix Alvarado, who defends his title against DeeJay Kriel on the January 2nd Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell card. 2021 could easily wind up the biggest year of his career.