Kyoguchi Stops Bermudez On Wild Night In Mexico
Photos: Ed Mulholland - Matchroom
Hiroto Kyoguchi retained his WBA Super and Ring Magazine
World Light-Flyweight titles by stoppage over Esteban
Bermudez in a bloody battle at the Domo Alcade in
Guadalajara, Mexico, live on DAZN.
Kyoguchi (16-0 11 KOs) was putting his belts on the line
for the fourth time against the WBA regular champion
Bermudez (14-4-2 10 KOs), and the pair put on an
all-action blood and guts battle that would have found
space in a phone box.
The Japanese set a ferocious pace, constantly finding a
home for his uppercut, and a cut to the forehead from a
head clash only made a tough opening all the harder for
the Mexican. Kyoguchi had a point deducted in the sixth
for use of the head and in the seventh for hitting
behind the head as Bermudez was heading to the canvas
from a barrage of punches.
The end was around the corner for the homeland favorite,
and despite the roars from his fellow countryman,
Kyoguchi unloaded one more barrage of punches that
Bermudez could not withstand, and the travelling
champion landed the 11th KO win of his career in the
eighth round, and now wants unification showdowns.
“I have always wanted to fight in Mexico with the great
fans here and I am so glad that I did,” said Kyoguchi.
“It’s a great win and I am ready for the next step.
There are many other champions in the division, and I
want to fight them.
“The Mexican fans love boxing - it was a tough
atmosphere, but I loved it and I want to thank them for
coming tonight and for their support, and for the fans
in Japan too.
“I thanked him for the great fight that we put on and
was sorry for the points deductions. I thought that they
were a bit strict, but they gave him damage, so I was
sorry for that.”
The main event had quite the act to follow, as Rocky
Hernandez (32-1 29 KOs) pulled off a stunning first
round KO win to rip the WBC International Silver
Super-Featherweight championship from Jorge Castaneda
(15-2 11 KOs).
The chief support bout of the evening promised to
deliver fireworks and Hernandez came roaring out of the
traps with heavy artillery, and the fight was all but
over when bookended left hooks from a ferocious early
barrage floored a stunned Castaneda.
The Texan rose to his feet, but Hernandez went in for
the kill and got it – putting the champion away and is
now in a great position to land big fights later in the
“I hope to have a World title opportunity very soon,”
said Hernandez. “I knew that this was going to be a
great fight, but I was always confident I was going to
win well, and I showed that.”
Mayerlin Rivas (17-4-2 11 KOs) retained her WBA World
Super-Bantamweight title with a powerful display over
Karina Fernandez (17-7-1 3 KOs), ending a near
two-and-a-half-year absence from the ring in style with
a fourth round stoppage.
A cuffing right hand put Fernandez down in the opening
stanza, and blood was pouring from Fernandez’s nose
which looked to have been broken in the second round.
The Mexican would be cleared on one inspection by the
doctor, the fight was waved off before the fourth round
began with the blood refusing to stop - and under the
watchful eye of trainer Rigoberto Álvarez, the
Venezuelan showed her power has not suffered through her
time out of the ring.
“I took this opportunity with both hands and it’s a big
thank you to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom,” said Rivas. “I
told Eddie I would not let him down and here we are.
“The Alvarez bloodline is strong, and he’s brought it
out of me and it’s here to stay, I am only going to get
Diego Pacheco (15-0 12 KOs) first fight over ten rounds
didn’t reach halfway as he stopped Raul Ortega (10-3 7
KOs) in four rounds.
Pacheco hurt Ortega in the second but going in for the
kill was hit on the button with an overhand right that
stunned him. Pacheco shook that off and landed a right
uppercut to the body to put Ortega down again.
The tough Mexican continued to keep Pacheco honest, but
Pacheco was getting the measure of his man in the third
round and a fearsome barrage at the end of the fourth
session would see Ortega retire on his stool and see
Pacheco become the first man to stop him and record a
12th win inside the distance in his 15 fights.
“He was tough,” said Pacheco. “I hit him with a bunch of
stuff, but he kept coming and I am happy I got him out
“Being in the Benavidez camp, they push me every day,
the work ethic is crazy and it’s boosting my confidence
“I consider myself to be a man now. I think the big
fights are coming and I can’t wait.”
Debutant Jesus Martinez (1-0) was explosive from the
very first bell of his pro journey, and heavy right
hands put Daniel Nunez Gomez (1-2) down inside the
opening 90 seconds. The Texan teen talent didn’t land
the first round KO, and Gomez’s resistance was stiff
enough under three more rounds of fire to see
‘Panterita’ go the four-round distance on his pro bow
and taking every round.
On the Before the Bell section of the card in sweltering
heat, Anthony Herrera (2-0-1 2 KOs) was held to a split
draw in his third pro fight against Kennyn Valenzuela
(5-2-1 4 KOs) and Aaron Aponte (6-0 2 KOs)landed a split
decision win in the show opener against the game and
awkward Mexican Leo Leon Martinez (2-2 2 KOs).
Angel Garcia (7-0-2 6 KOs) recorded a sixth straight win
inside the distance, with his impressive work forcing
the corner of Alexis Molina (8-1-1 5 KOs) to pull their
man out before the sixth and final round, after taking
the fight at just two days’ notice. Jorge Ignacio
Villalobos (11-1-3 6 KOs) secured a unanimous decision
overFabian Gonzalez (9-4 2 KOs) in an all-Guadalajara
battle at Bantamweight.