Kenshiro Teraji Retains His Junior Flyweight Titles With A Thrilling Win Over Carlos Canizales

Kenshiro Teraji successfully defended his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Junior Flyweights Belts, beating Carlos Canizales via a majority decision from the EDION Arena, Osaka, Japan.

Teraji started the fight strongly, dropping the challenger with a right to the head in just the second round. The challenger responded in kind, sending Teraji to the canvas with his right hand in the third. After a thrilling early start, Canizales attempted to walk his opponent down, targeting the champion to the head and midsection in a fast-paced fourth round.

Canizales landed a strong left hook on Teraji in the sixth, as the champion was visibly hurt. The following rounds had little to separate the pair, but the champion edged them with late combinations before the bell to leave an impression on the judges.

Teraji changed his approach by using his lateral movement to stay out of harm’s way and avoid exchanging too much. The decision paid off, as Teraji skillfully kept himself out of firing range, winning a decision on the cards: 114-112, 114-112 and 113-113.

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“Canizales was such a tough opponent, but I was so desperate to win this match. I found so many things I can improve on. The second half of the match I changed my [style] because he wouldn’t let me fight at my distance. I need to think about my strategy more,” Teraji

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