In Osaka this afternoon fight fans saw experienced Thai Amphol Suriyo (23-4, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, battle against late replacement Takayuki Sakai (8-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之], with Amphol looking to build on his upset win over Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan. Sakai had been brought into the bout as a relatively late replacement for the touted Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎], though reasons were never made totally clear as to why Tsutsumimoto was removed from the bout.
On paper this was a huge step up for Sakai, but he seemed confident of not only winner, but of stopping the Thai as he pressed forward from the opening moments, backing Amphol on to the ropes and going to work on the Thai up close. The aggression and style of Sakai lead to moments of success from Amphol, who really dug into the body of Sakai in the opening round.
In round 2 the Thai was cut as Sakai came forward, though again picked his moments for counters well and kept Saki honest, despite being pinned on the back foot. It seemed clear that Amphol was looking to land big shots when Sakai rushed in but Sakai, to his credit, showed real maturity in defending well, even when he was attacking. It was similar again in round 3, with Sakai getting more and more success, by the round as Amphol's reactions slowed slightly, and more shots of Sakai got through.
In round 4 it seemed like the Thai was tiring, his shots were losing their snap, and he was throwing far fewer of them. His combinations to to the body, which were prevalent in the first couple of rounds, were almost entirely gone whilst Sakai was beginning to look more and more relaxed.
The relaxed nature of Sakai, and the fact he was having things a bit too easy, seemed to cause him problem sin 5 as Amphol suddenly let more shots of his own go and seemed to have Sakai hurt at one point. It was however a big effort from Amphol, who seemed to put everything into the attack, and he was punished soon afterwards as Sakai let his hands go, pinning an exhausted Amphol on the ropes and unloading with head shots. Those shots forced the referee to save the Thai.
The win is, by far, the biggest of Sakai's career, and he'll likely be looking for a regional title fight in 2019. For Amphol it's hard to know where he goes from here.
Back in October we reported that the hugely promising Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd to take a huge step up in class and battle Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The bout really intrigued us, as we'd been impressed by Tsutsumimoto as an amateur, and felt he had the style to go a long way, and to go there quickly.
Sadly we've now been informed that Tsutsumimoto is out of the December 22nd bout, with his place on the show now being taken by 28 year old countryman Takayuki Sakai (7-1-2, 5) [酒井孝之].
It's unclear as to why Tsutsumimoto is off the show, though it appears to have been a very recent change in plans. In fact Kyoei, the promoter of Sakai, only reported the bout in the last day or so.
The contest between Sakai and "Pharanpetch" will be shown on G+ as part of a show that also features Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹] and a bout between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), in what is a make or break for both men.
Earlier today Kyoei held a press conference to announce the next bout of second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
The unbeaten fighter will be back in the ring on December 22nd at the EDION Arena Osaka where he will be up against domestic foe Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹], in what should be a pretty interesting test for the unbeaten fighter.
The 22 year old Tatsuyoshi has notched up 2 wins already this year, both at the EDION Arena, with victories over Shin Ishibashi and Noldi Manakane, but this should be a much better test with the 35 year old Hirashima having some ambition of his own.That ambition has seen Hirashima score stoppages in his last 2 bouts, and he hasn't been stopped in his 12 fight career.
At the moment details on the television coverage are scarce, though it seems likely that the bout will be televised on G+, though it may be tape delayed. We do however know that the supporting card will include the recently reported contest between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #10 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), a really enticing contest between Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] and Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, as well as a bout featuring Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
Although it's clear that the Japanese press will push the Tatsuyoshi bout we'll admit we're more interest in seeing how Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto looks in his first step up, and we have huge hopes for him. Amphol did however upset Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan, and he will not be travelling to pick up another defeat.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw a notable upset, as touted prospect Kazuki Saito (5-1, 5) [斎藤 一貴] was stopped in 2 rounds by Thai foe Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 19), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, in what was a genuine upset.
The talented Saito had been an accomplished amateur, going 83-14 in the unpaid ranks, and was expected to be a star as a professional. He had looked excellent, for the most part, since his debut and seemed very confident yesterday at the weigh in. The Thai on the other hand has struggled against fighters of some quality, and was stopped in his previous bout against Masayoshi Nakatani.
Saito managed to show his class early on, boxing behind his jab and looked solid. Sadly for Saito he did look like he was worried every time Amphol hit him back. Amphol however didn't really throw too much in the first round, instead he got a read on Saito, fought behind his guard and was cautious, respectful even of Saito's power. In round 2 the Thai let his hands go a little more, and landed a solid right hand up top. The shot seemed to have a delayed effect on Saito, with his knees buckling a few moments after being tagged. The Thai smelled blood and would send Saito down soon afterward.
Although Saito got to his feet he hadn't recovered and Amphol rushed his man, sending him down again. This time the towel was thrown in saving Saito from further punishment, but costing him his unbeaten record.
For the Thai this is a massive win, and could help him move towards a second OPBF title fight. Sadly for Saito the loss reveals that his chin is a massive concern going forward, something we had already question given he had been dropped earlier in his career. Saito can certainly rebuild, but this is still a massive set back at this point in his career.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Kazuki Saito (5-0, 5) [斎藤 一貴] take a notable step up in class, as he takes on experienced Thai Amphol Suriyo (22-3, 18), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. On paper the bout is a huge step up in class for the talented and very promising Saito, but it's also a bout that Amphol will see as a chance to keep himself relevant, and win should help keep him in and around the OPBF rankings.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make the agreed Lightweight limit with no issue.
At the weigh in Saito spoke about looking for the knockouts in his bouts so far, but getting them when the chance arises. It seems clear that he knows he's a better boxer-puncher than a pure puncher and would like to build around his boxing skills and the traits related to his movement, accuracy, stamina and skills.
Saito also stated that he would like to compete in the Japanese title elimination bout for the Lightweight title later in the year, so that he can become the mandatory challenger for the 2019 Champion Carnival. For the Thai this will be his second bout in Japan, and comes less than 5 months after losing in an OPBF title fight to Masayoshi Nakatani, who stopped him in 6 rounds in Osaka back in February.
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