Mthalane (38-2, 25 KOs) went to Kuroda’s backyard for the fight, but that didn’t stop the defending champion earning the win as he was awarded a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Japan.
The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111, with Mthalane now unbeaten in his last 15 fights, an incredible run that stretches back to 2008.
Kuroda tried to give as good as he got in the fight, but Mthalane’s class showed as he produced the better, cleaner and more damaging work, as seen when he opened up a cut on his opponent’s left eye.
Mthalane’s victory again shows just why the flyweight division is an extremely exciting weight class, with his MTK Global team-mate Charlie Edwards also holding the WBO flyweight title.
There are plenty of elite stars also operating at a world level, including the likes of Paddy Barnes and Muhammad Waseem.
After the fight, the champ called out British flyweight Charlie Edwards
“Charlie Edwards, I’ve been waiting to fight this fight, so now I’m ready. I want this fight so I’m looking forward to fight you come on champ lets unify our titles, I will knock you out.”