Kenshiro Teraji is still unbeaten and still has his claim to being the top 108 lb fighter in the sport today, as he dropped and out-pointed veteran Tetsuya Hisada on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
Teraji (18-0, 10 KO) retained his WBC junior flyweight title on scores of 118-109, 118-109, and 119-108. He put Hisada (34-11-2, 20 KO) down in the second round with a right hand, handing the 36-year-old veteran his second straight loss, both in world title fights. Hisada was also out-pointed by Hiroto Kyoguchi — who has the other strong claim to No. 1 in the division — in a WBA title fight in Oct. 2019.
The win doesn’t really prove anything new for Teraji, 29, but it does get him back in action again. He hadn’t fought since Dec. 2019, and was coming off of a three-month suspension in Japan due to a drunk driving incident. He had planned to fight Hisada in December of last year, only for that to be canceled.
The obvious best fight for Teraji is against Kyoguchi still, but that’s been the case for a while now and it doesn’t seem like it will actually happen.