With his suspension now behind him, Asian Boxing reports that WBC light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji is set to defend his title against mandatory challenger Tetsuya Hisada on April 24th.
Teraji (17-0, 10 KO), who also uses the nom de guerre “Ken Shiro,” has defended the title seven times since taking it from Ganigan Lopez from 2017. Five of those successful defenses have come by stoppage, and he was slated for an absolute barnburner of a unification match with Felix Alvarado before the Nicaraguan fell ill, leaving Teraji to beat down Randy Petalcorin in December 2019.
He’d planned to end his year on the sidelines against Hisada (34-10-2, 20 KO), whose only loss since 2015 came against Hiroto Kyoguchi, but that collapsed when Teraji drove drunk and received a three-month suspension.
While it’s a solid test for Teraji after a long layoff, the interesting bit likely comes after. With Alvarado vs. WBO champ Elwin Soto in the works and Kyoguchi set to defend his WBA belt this coming weekend, the timing seems perfect for Teraji to meet Kyoguchi and the winner to challenge for undisputed status. Fingers crossed.