One of arguably the two best light flyweights in the world, WBA “super” champion Hiroto Kyoguchi, will reportedly make his U.S. debut in two months. Both Fernando Barbosa and Asian Boxing report that Kyoguchi will face 20-year-old former minimumweight title challenger Axel Aragon on March 13th as part of the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez 2 undercard.
Kyoguchi (14-0, 9 KO), out of action since an October 2019 decision over veteran countryman Tetsuya Hisada, was supposed to face another wunderkind in Thanongsak Simsri last November. Unfortunately, Kyoguchi tested positive for COVID shortly after weigh-ins, and Simsri reportedly declined the March 13th date due to travel issues.
He’ll still have next crack at Kyoguchi, but his decision opens the door for Aragon (14-3-1, 8 KO). The Mexican youngster’s only losses since his third pro fight came against current WBO minimumweight champ Wilfredo “Bimbito” Mendez, a UD in 2018 and a close technical decision in 2019. He moved back up to 108 for his last win, a wide decision over declining veteran Saul Juarez.
It’s always nice to see a talented small man get the exposure he deserves. Let’s see if this sets up a unification clash with Felix Alvarado.