On Tuesday, January 23, Kenshiro Teraji (22-1, 14 KOs) defeated Venezuelan  Carlos Cañizales (26-1-1, 19 KOs) at the EDION Arena, Osaka, Japan. The card was streamed live on ESPN+ in the US.

Kenshiro Teraji Defeats Carlos Cañizales

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Teraji Records Tough Win Against Cañizales

Teraji entered the fight looking to replicate his successful 2023, which saw him defeat Hekkie Budler by ninth-round TKO.

Teraji started the brighter, but Cañizales showcased his accuracy, hurting his opponent with a left hook to the head. The Japanese fighter caught his opponent with a right hook, sending him stumbling to the canvas. The Venezuelan fighter showed his heart and class as he floored Teraji in round three with a razor-sharp right hand. 

The next few rounds were an absolute war as both fighters visibly hurt each other with a variety of shots. The smarter work was coming from the Japanese fighter, but the power from Cañizales continued to be a live threat, especially towards the end of the rounds.

As the fight moved into the later rounds, both fighters continued to come forward and trade. Cañizales found his opponent with more regularity, but Teraji countered well. The final two rounds saw the Venezuelan fighter continue to be the aggressor as Teraji seemed to tire. 

The Judges’ scorecards read 114-112 x 2 and 113-113, giving Teraji the victory by unanimous decision – in what was an absolute war from start to finish, and maybe an early contender for fight of the year?

Post Fight Quotes:

Teraji spoke after the fight regarding his opponent: “Canizales was such a tough opponent and I was so desperate to win this match.”

Teraji spoke on a change of tactics during the fight: “He was so tough and never let me ‘bait him’….I think I need to think about my strategy more and I think I need to learn more.”

Teraji vs. Cañizales Undercard

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Juiki Tatsuyoshi (15-0-1, 10 KOs) defeated Yuki Yonaha (13-6-1, 8 KOs) in their eight-round junior featherweight contest by majority decision, with the judges scorecards reading 77-75 x2 and 76-76.

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