Masamichi Yabuki And Kenshiro Teraji Agree To Spring Rematch
WBC light flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki and former titleholder, Kenshiro Teraji, have agreed to meet inside the ring in spring.
Yabuki clinched the title from Teraji when the two met in September. He stopped Teraji in the 10th round to add the championship to his resume.
Now, organizers of the rematch have said that the WBC pushed for another bout between both in the 59th convention held today.
Pundits believe that Teraji’s (18-1, 10 KO) lengthy title reign had already meant that he will get another chance to retain the title against Yabuki, who was the underdog entering the first fight.
It hasn’t been clear yet whether Elwin Soto will activate his rematch clause to have a title shot.
If he does, this will be perfect timing to set up a unification match with the winner of Jonathan Gonzalez vs either Hiroto Kyoguchi or Esteban Bermudez.
After clinching the title, Yabuki had admitted that Teraji’s pressure forced him to think of quitting amid the fight.
“I thought of giving up, but thanks to those cheering me on I gave it my all to the end,” Yabuki said.
“There were rumors that the Japanese star will hang his gloves after the fight, but he had a change of mind after becoming the champion. “I thought that it would keep going — even if it killed me,” Yabuki said.