Eddie Hearn, speaking to IFL TV, revealed that he’s putting together an August 28th card in Los Angeles that would see Hiroto Kyoguchi face Elwin Soto in a light flyweight unification match and Murodjon Akhmadaliev defend his super bantamweight titles against mandatory challenger Ronny Rios.
Filip Hrgovic, Dalton Smith, and Joe Cordina would also appear on this hypothetical card. Hrgovic is in line for an IBF final eliminator, but needs a new dance partner after Miichael Hunter bailed in favor of fighting Mike Wilson in August.
Both WBA champ Kyoguchi (15-0, 10 KO) and WBO champ Soto (19-1, 13 KO) are coming off of strong but anticlimactic performances. Kyoguchi saw a five-round slobberknocker with Axel Aragon Vega cut short by a broken hand on “El Mini’s” part, while a poorly timed stoppage ended a terrific battle between Soto and veteran Katsunari Takayama. The WBA ordered Kyoguchi to defend against “world” champ Esteban Bermudez last month, but unification takes precedence.
Matchroom won the purse bid for Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7 KO) vs. Rios (33-3. 16 KO) back in May, initially targeting August 21st. Akhmadaliev owns the IBF and WBA belts, and having beaten IBF top contender Ryosuke Iwasa in April, WBA top contender Rios is next in line. The 122-pound division is looking excellent at the moment, and hopefully this one will continue the trend.