Six months ago, Kenshiro Teraji was on the wrong side of one of 2021’s best fights when Masamichi Yabuki stopped him in ten brutal rounds. Last night, Teraji got sweet revenge by dominating Yabuki in three rounds to score an emphatic, one-punch knockout and regain the WBC light flyweight title.
Unlike the first fight, Teraji was decisive in his offensive attacks, leaving Yabuki without the previous right hand counter opportunities he enjoyed. Teraji also varied his approach with a stronger left jab mixed with consistent body work that kept Yabuki in retreat and searching for openings. And defensively, Teraji held his hands higher to pick off and blunt any return fire.
The perfect storm of adjustments gave Teraji exactly when he yearned for — a devastating lead right hand that dropped Yabuki back-first in the third. The ruined champion rose in no condition to continue as the referee almost immediately waived it off.
Teraji avenges his first career defeat and improves to 19-1 (11 KOs). Yabuki suffers his first defeat in 4 years and falls to 13-4 (12 KOs).