Japan’s unified WBC/WBA light flyweight world champion Kenshiro Teraji will defend his titles against South African two-division world champion Hekkie Budler on Monday, September 18, at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

In the co-feature, undefeated Japanese southpaw Junto Nakatani makes the first defense of his WBO junior bantamweight world title against Mexican contender Argi Cortes.

Teraji-Budler, Nakatani-Cortes and additional undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. in the early morning hours on ESPN+.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Kenshiro Teraji vs Hekkie Budler.

Kenshiro Teraji vs Hekkie Budler

When is Kenshiro Teraji vs Hekkie Budler?

Date: Monday, September 18, 2023.

Start time: At 06:00 AM ET

The fight takes place inside the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The arena can hold up to 15,000 people. 

What has been said?

Kenshiro Teraji steps into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Hekkie Budler will make his way to the ring with a record of 35 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Teraji has a massive power advantage over Budler, boosting at 62% knock out percentage over Budler's 31%.

Kenshiro Teraji is the youngest man by 4 years, at 31 years old.

Teraji has a height advantage of 2 inches over Budler. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.

Both Kenshiro Teraji & Hekkie Budler fight out of an orthodox stance.

Teraji is the less experienced professional fighter, having had 17 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 7 years later than Budler, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He has fought 169 less professional rounds, 153 to Budler's 322.

Hekkie Budler is currently ranked number 4 by the WBA, 1 by the WBC and 2 by the RING in the 108lb division.



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