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Kenshiro Teraji vs Carlos Canizales, Alexandro Santiago vs Junto Nakatani, more title fights set for early 2024

Both events will “likely” air on ESPN+ in the States

Kenshiro Teraji stopped Hiroto Kyoguchi to unify the WBC and WBA titles ESPN+
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Prime Video, a longtime broadcast partner for Japanese boxing, held a press conference yesterday to announce a pair of championship-heavy shows on January 23rd (Osaka) and February 24th (Tokyo).

The former sees unified light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (22-1, 14 KO) defend his WBA and WBC belts against former titlist Carlos Canizales (26-1-1, 19 KO) in a clash of Boxrec’s no. 1 and no. 3 at 108. Teraji, whose quest for further unification appears to be on hold due to Adrian Curiel’s recent upset of Sive Nontshinga and “Bomba” Gonzalez’s assorted maladies, went 2-0 this year with stoppages of Anthony Olascuaga and Hekkie Budler. He’s quite clearly the man to beat in the division.

That said, Canizales is arguably his toughest remaining challenge outside of his fellow titlists. The Venezuelan vet is 4-0 since a shock upset loss to Esteban Bermudez, which came on the heels of a two-year layoff, ended his own reign. That run includes a technical decision over undefeated Daniel Matellon in an eliminator this past June.

The co-feature pits WBA flyweight champ Artem Dalakian (22-0, 15 KO) against Seigo Yuri Akui (18-2-1, 11 KO) in a fight originally scheduled for last month, while superstar kickboxing convert Tenshin Nasukawa (2-0, 0 KO) battles Mexico’s Luis Robles (15-2-1, 5 KO).

Junto Nakatani’s (26-0, 19 KO) previously revealed bantamweight title bid against Alexandro Santiago (28-3-5, 14 KO) headlines the second show. The title tripleheader also features Takuma Inoue’s (18-1, 4 KO) bantamweight title defense against Jerwin Ancajas (34-3-2, 23 KO), postponed from November 25th due to Inoue injuring his rib, and Kosei Tanaka’s (19-1, 11 KO) clash with Christian Bacasegua (22-4-2, 9 KO) for Nakatani’s newly vacated WBO super flyweight belt.

Both shows will likely air on ESPN+, which has carried Teiken events of this sort in the past.

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