Kenshiro Teraji vs. Hekkie Budler will be broadcast on ESPN
World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association Light Flyweight Champion, Kenshiro Teraji from Japan, will defend his crowns against the former world champion from South Africa, Hekkie Budler, on Monday, September 18 at the Koto-Ku Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
Teraji (21-1, 13 KOs) won his first world title by defeating Ganigan Lopez for the WBC 108-pound belt in May 2018. He made eight defenses before losing the belt via 10th-round TKO against Masamichi Yabuki in September 2021.
The 31-year-old avenged his only loss by knocking out Yabuki in the third round of their March 2022 rematch to regain the title. Teraji then stopped Hiroto Kyoguchi last November, in the seventh round, to unify the WBC and WBA titles. He defended his unified championship with a ninth-round TKO against then-undefeated contender Anthony Olascuaga in April.
Budler (35-4, 11 KOs) captured the WBA minimumweight world title with a first-round knockout victory against Karluis Diaz in March 2014. He made four defenses before losing the belt to Byron Rojas in March 2014. 2016. Two years later, he defeated Ryoichi Taguchi to capture the WBA and IBF light flyweight titles.
He vacated his IBF belt and lost the WBA title in his first defense, a 10th-round TKO loss to Hiroto Kyguchi in December 2018. The 35-year-old veteran is 3-0 since losing. his title, including a decision win over former WBO champion Elwin Soto.
The fight is organized by Teiken Promotions and will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States.