Teraji vs Budler - ESPN+ - Sept. 18 - 5 am ET

Teraji vs Budler – ESPN+ – Sept. 18 – 5 am ET

Kenshiro Teraji from Japan, is gearing up to clash with South African sensation and two-division world champ, Hekkie Budler. This high-stakes bout will light up the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan, TODAY on Monday, September 18 live on ESPN+

Not just that, fans will also get to witness the unstoppable Japanese southpaw, Junto Nakatani, as he defends his WBO junior bantamweight world title for the first time. He’s up against the gritty Mexican challenger, Argi Cortes.

What time is Teraji vs. Budler?

  • Date:  Monday, September 18
  • Main card:  6 a.m. ET / 11 a.m BST
  • The fight will be held at the Ariake Arena, in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Main event ringwalks (approx):  8 a.m. ET / 1 p.m BST
  • U.S.: LIVE on ESPN+
  • The main card is set to get underway at 6 a.m. ET / 11 a.m BST

Thanks to the magic of streaming, boxing fanatics in the U.S. can catch all these pulse-pounding matches live and exclusively on ESPN+ in the early hours.

Kenshiro Teraji, with a record of 21 wins and a single loss, snatched his first world title by defeating Ganigan Lopez back in May 2018. After a brief setback against Masamichi Yabuki in September 2021, Teraji got his revenge in their March 2022 rematch. Now, having unified the WBC and WBA titles after knocking out Hiroto Kyoguchi last November, he’s ready to face his next challenge.

Hekkie Budler, the two-division champ, comes in with an impressive record of his own, boasting 35 wins. He’s bounced back from his title loss in 2018 and is riding a three-win streak, proving that a true champion always finds a way to come back.

Meanwhile, Junto Nakatani (25-0, 19 KOs), the rising star from Japan, is set to defend his WBO flyweight world title against Mexico’s determined contender, Argi Cortes. Will Nakatani’s flawless record survive this test? That’s something we can’t wait to find out.

The undercard is equally thrilling:

In a collision of world-class talent, former kickboxing world champion Tenshin Nasukawa will take on undefeated Mexican Juan Flores Aceves in an eight-round junior featherweight battle.

Anthony Olascuaga from Los Angeles will be looking to redeem himself after his recent defeat to Teraji as he faces the experienced Filipino title challenger, Giemel Magramo.


WBC, WBA light flyweight title bout

Kenshiro Teraji 107.25
Hekki Budler 107.75

WBO junior bantamweight title bout

Junto Nakatani 114.75
Argi Cortes 114.5

Tenshin Nasukawa 123
Luis Guzman 122.25

Teraji vs. Budler fight card

  • Kenshiro Teraji vs. Hekkie Budler, 12 rounds, for Teraji’s WBC/WBA junior flyweight title
  • Junto Nakatani vs. Argi Cortes, 12 rounds, for Nakatani’s WBO junior bantamweight title
  • Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Luis Guzman Torres, 8 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Anthony Olascuaga vs. Giemel Magramo, 8 rounds, junior flyweights
  • Takumu Tamagawa vs. Hayato Yokoyama, 4 rounds, junior featherweights


Sep 18 2023


5:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 18 2023
  • Time: 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Ariake Arena Tokyo


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