Hekkie Budler vs Hiroto Kyoguchi

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Hekkie Budler vs Hiroto Kyoguchi
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Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Location: 
Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
108
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Light Flyweight World Title (Budler's 1st defence)
Referee: 
Mark Calo-Oy

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Fan Cards: Hekkie Budler vs Hiroto Kyoguchi


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
HEKKIE BUDLER
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
93
HIROTO KYOGUCHI
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


scorecard by GOOSU
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
HEKKIE BUDLER
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
94
HIROTO KYOGUCHI
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
96


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
HEKKIE BUDLER
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
94
HIROTO KYOGUCHI
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
96


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
HEKKIE BUDLER
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
94
HIROTO KYOGUCHI
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
96


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
HEKKIE BUDLER
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
93
HIROTO KYOGUCHI
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
97


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Great match up.

Budler did very well to pull out the upset against Taguchi, he is a veteran, 35 fights, almost 300 rounds, he was the WBA champion from 2014-2016, and with the Taguchi win, he is now a 2 time world champion. Budler is good, has 3 losses, one was an SD, and it was 8 years ago, he lost a close UD against Byron Rojas in 2016, lost his title, that was an upset, and if the fight before his last, he lost to Milan Melindo by SD, but he has only ever lost close. Budler has 29% KOs, he's not a puncher, and although he has never been stopped, he has been down at least twice.

Kyoguchi is 11-0, he's a good fighter, already been a world champion, but at 105. Kyoguchi is 5'4, not short for a light flyweight, he has fought above 105, 5 times, and in his last fight, at flyweight, once, he did have a tune up fight at 108, but still, this is his first world title fight at 108, so he should be a slight weight disadvantage. Kyoguchi was inexperienced when he won the IBF 105lb title against Jose Argumedo (20-3), champion who had defended, but not a super champion by a long chalk. Kyoguchi defended twice, his first defence was against Carlos Buitrago, he won every round and stopped him, Buitrago won 5 rounds against Thammamoon Niyomtrong the first time, didn't get stopped or lose every round in the rematch, and against hard hitting, current WBO 108lb champion, Angel Acosta, Buitrago lasted 11-12 rounds, won a round or two, so at 105, for Kyoguchi to win every round and stop Buitrago, is impressive.

This is an interesting fight.

Kyoguchi is new to world title fighting at 108, and I think Budler is better than Buitrago and Argumedo, and and he has had over 3 times the fights, done 4-5 times as many rounds, he is much, much more experienced than Kyoguchi, and although he isn't young, he is coming off his best career win.

Kyoguchi is the unbeaten fighter, the younger fighter, and the fighter who seems to have more possible potential. Japan is on a high for boxing, Inoue most of all, but also Tanaka, Shiro, and of course, Kyoguchi. A lot of these fighters are not at al protected by their promoters, managers, they learn the hard way in boxing, but that means they improve faster, Kyoguchi is one of them, he is fighting an opponent who will beat him if he is not world level.

This is basically a 50/50 fight I think, but I think Kyoguchi might edge this fight, I think it will be close, but I think Kyoguchi will edge it, if he wins, that's his best win. Budler shouldn't be written off, because he is a two time world champion.

Gold's picture

If Kyoguchi wins we may get to see Ken Shiro vs Kyoguchi for the unified WBA, WBC, Ring Magazine and vacant Lineal titles which would be a great fight for the Light Flyweight division and Japanese boxing.

On boxrec it says TKO win for Kyoguchi in the 11th round...but watching the fight Budler clearly retired in his corner after the 10th right ? So it should be RTD 10/12 instead of TKO 11/12...