Teraji vs. Canizales - ESPN+ - January 23 - 5 am ET

Teraji vs. Canizales – ESPN+ – January 23 – 5 am ET

Teraji-Canizales light flyweight showdown tops world title doubleheader Tuesday, Jan. 23 from EDION Arena Osaka at 5 am ET, live on ESPN+! 

Kenshiro Teraji, the current lord of the WBA/WBC and Ring Magazine light flyweight throne, stands tall as one of the globe’s premier pugilists. A sensation in Japan, “The Amazing Boy” toys with the notion of stretching his fame beyond his shores later this year. Come this Tuesday (January 23), Teraji, boasting a record of 22-1(14), will put his 108-pound crowns on the line against Carlos Canizales, in his native land. The 32-year-old warrior has a few tricks up his sleeve for the aftermath.

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Teraji, though, isn’t snoozing on Venezuela’s Canizales, who marches in with a tally of 26-1-1(19) and a quartet of victories post his solo defeat. However, Teraji’s eyes are set on either a division-merging showdown or a clash with the rising sensation Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez. As he spilled to The Sporting News, globe-trotting isn’t off the table for a rendezvous with Bam.

Aiming to hoard an arsenal of belts, Teraji is game for a leap to 112 pounds if it means tangling with Bam. But, the immediate hurdle is the 30-year-old Canizales.

“I’m revved up for this bout. He’s no walkover,” Teraji admitted about his forthcoming adversary. “He packs a punch and glides around with finesse. Yet, I’ve got an edge, no matter his game plan.”

Teraji, a purveyor of thrilling battles and stellar displays in his 23-fight professional saga (avenging his lone loss to Masamichi Yabuki), has all the makings of a mega-star, save for a high-profile rival. Enter, potentially, Bam.

“At this juncture, the [Bam Rodriguez] tussle is a wild card,” noted Teraji. “Battling abroad? Count me in. I’m eyeing the undisputed crown, but hopping a division is equally tempting. If the path to undisputed eludes me, up I go. My goal? A belt bonanza.”

A Teraji-Rodriguez scrap promises to be an electrifying and intriguing affair. Rodriguez, recently seen trouncing Sunny Edwards to snatch two flyweight belts, hints at a return to 115 pounds, his former WBC title-holding terrain. This shift might nix a Rodriguez-Teraji showdown, which would be a letdown.

Yet, the fight game is ever-fluid, and Teraji’s readiness to venture beyond Japan is a thrill. Post-Canizales, Teraji’s quest for a marquee fight, be it at 108 or 112 pounds, is on. At 32, he’s chasing nothing but blockbuster brawls.

We should all huddle around our screens to witness this dynamo in action while he reigns supreme. Japan’s boxing scene is on fire, with Teraji, Kazuto Ioka, and Naoya Inoue at the helm. Oh, the fantasy of a Teraji-Inoue faceoff, if only their weights didn’t play spoilsport!

Teraji’s upcoming skirmish with Canizales marks his 15th world title fight, a journey that began in May of 2017.

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Jan 23 2024


5:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 23 2024
  • Time: 5:00 AM - 9:00 AM


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