Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (22-6-1, 11) score one of his most notable wins, and possible secure himself a world ranking, as he stopped IBF #10 ranked Light Welterweight Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-4-1, 19), from Thailand.
Coming in to the bout Kondo was "inconsistent" to say the least with a 3-3 (3) record in the last 2 years. Despite that he shone today as he showed his class against a man who, earlier this year, was in a world title eliminator against Ik Yang.
To begin the bout it was the Thai coming forward however he often took shots on his way in from the tough Japanese fighter who appeared to finish the opening round well on top having hammered away on Patomsuk not long before the bell. From then on Patomsuk never really seemed to regain his his confidence with Kondo looking too sharp, too goo, too tough and too powerful for the Thai, who often looked clumsy.
Patomsuk did well to survive some rocky moments, but in round 4 Kondo finally saw off his man, with the referee saving a tired looking Patomsuk. The timing of the stoppage was poor but the fight was one sided.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp
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