Over the last 24 hours Thai media have reported that former WBA Flyweight world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit [เด่นเก้าแสน เก้าวิชิต] has been hospitalised following an attack in Thailand, which took place late yesterday.
The full details of the attack are unclear but the reports are that the former fighter was in an intensive care unit following the attack and has been left with a section of his little finger, on his left hand, missing along with other injuries.
Some of the reports suggest a knife was used and multiple attackers, others have stated a gun was at the scene.
Denkaosan, birth name Sutep Wangmuk, had an illustrious career that began back in 1996 and ended back in April this year. He amazingly began his career fighting in 12 round bouts claiming the PABA Flyweight title on his debut and would win his first 20 bouts before facing Eric Morel for the WBA Flyweight title in 2002. Despite losing that bout the Thai didn't lose his hunger and would go on to win the belt in 2008, in his third attempt. After 2 he would lose the belt to Daiki Kameda in 2010.
Denkaosan continued to fight with mixed success in the yeards that followed, scoring wins over Rey Megrino and Nobuo Nashiro and losing to the likes of Luis Concepcion, Kohei Kono, Ryo Matsumoto and Kazuki Tanaka. After the loss to Tanaka he announced his retire with an impressive record of 63-7-1 (26).
Although a faded fight in the ring, it does seem like Denkaosan's ability to fight may have saved his life, with reports being that he was trying to fight off his assailants until other came to his aid.
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The last few weeks haven't been great for Japanese prospects in and around 122lbs, with fighters like Sho Nakazawa and Naoto Uebayashi both suffering recent shock defeats. Today however was a great day for one such prospect, who scored the biggest win of his career so far.
That fighter was former amateur stand out Kazuki Tanaka (5-0, 4) [田中一樹] who made light world of former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-7-1, 26) [เด่นเก้าแสน เก้าวิชิต].
Tanaka took the initiative straight away, using his speed and youth to jab and move against the Thai veteran in the open round.
In round 2 Tanaka started to hold his ground more, let his shots go and do damage to Denkaosan, who was dropped from a body shot that left the Thai in agony. That shot kept the Thai down.
Following the bout Tanaka admitted that the shot was one he had been working on in practice, and it did show.
That however wasn't the big post-fight story, instead that was official announcement that Denkaosan was done, with the Thai announcing following the loss that he was retiring form the sport. Fingers crossed that he keeps to that retirement before becoming just a stepping stone to fighters on their way up, like Tanaka.
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Earlier today Japanese promoter GreenTsuda held a press conference to announce a number of bouts and their next show, "Crash Boxing Vol 8" on April 3rd, Among the bouts announced for that up coming show was the headline generating contest between fast rising Kazuki Tanaka (4-0, 3) [田中一樹] and former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-6-1, 26) [เด่นเก้าแสน เก้าวิชิต].
The headline grabbing step up for Tanaka is one of two notable Japan Vs Thailand bouts set for the show the with other being a much better matched bout that will see Japanese ranked Takayuki Okumoto (16-6-2, 6) [奥本 貴之] battle against world ranked Thai Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (16-3, 11) [เอกตะวัน ม.กรุงเทพธนบุรี].
For the home fighter, who has a top 5 ranking with the JBC, this is a big step up in class from recent bouts however he has faced still competition in the past including two other notable Thai opponents, Ratanapol Sor Vorapin in 2007 and Rusalee Samor in 2013, both of whom stopped him in Thailand. The loss to Samor was Okumoto's most recent loss and since then he has racked up 6 straight wins, including notable a victory over Shota Kawaguchi in 2014.
For Eaktawan, who currently holds a top 15 ranking with the IBF at Flyweight, this will be his second bout in Japan following a decision loss to current Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida back in May 2013. Interestingly he fought that bout under the moniker of Tawanrung Eausampan, the name he used for his three losses which all occured on the road to notable fighters who were then unbeaten, Ishida, Albert Pagara and Froilan Saludar.
This bout looks to be well matched and is potentially a fire cracker between two men with a lot to prove. Both are young, with Okumoto being 24 and Eatawan being just 21, and both know that a win will move them towards bigger and better opportunities. A loss is a set back for both but certainly won't be the end for either man.
As well as the two Japan Vs Thailand bouts this card will also feature former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (24-7, 11) [川口 裕] and the debuting Masataka Taniguchi (0-0) [谷口 将隆], a notable former amateur on the Japanese domestic scene. Neither of these men have yet had opponents announced at today's press conference.
Kazuki Tanaka to face former champion Denkaosan Kaovichit!
Masayoshi Nakatani to defend OPBF title on April 17th!
Earlier today GreenTsuda held a press conference to announce their next set of notable bouts. Whilst the headline announcement an OPBF Lightweight title bout between unbeaten champion Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6) [中谷 正義] and experienced pouncher Tosho Makoto Aoki (20-13-2, 17) [闘将 青木 誠], set for April 17th, it certainly wasn't the only bout to generate headlines.
Another bout that has generated some notable coverage is an 8 round contest between the fast rising Kazuki Tanaka (4-0, 3) [田中一樹] and 2-weight world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-6-1, 26) [เด่นเก้าแสน เก้าวิชิต], who will meet on April 3rd at "Crash Boxing Vol 8".
Tanaka, who turned professional in 2014, was tipped as one to watch from the date of his pro-test bout with his amateur pedigree marking him as a potential world champion in the exciting Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight divisions. The 23 year old notched up three wins last year, including a notable stoppage over Kaname Tabei and a decision win over Monico Laurente, though this is thought to be a bout based on really grabbing attention given that Kaovichit is well known in Japan.
The former world champion, who won titles at 112lbs and 115lbs, was once a genuine world level competitor with wins over Richie Mepranum, Takafumi Sakata, Diaki Kameda and Nobuo Nashiro. Sadly though he's now a 39 year old who has been stopped in 3 of his last 4 and his only a single win in the last 2 years, with that being a victory over the hapless Gaspar Ampolo. Whilst he did face Kohei Kono for a world title in March 2014 he looked done since that loss.
The bout, which will be Tanaka's most notable to date, is expected to be an easy win but the hope is that he'll build his reputation some what on the victory and build towards a potential title fight later in the year.
Masayoshi Nakatani to defend OPBF title on April 17th!
Over the past few days it's been announced that Thai veteran Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-5-1, 26) would be returning to the ring on October 3rd for his first bout in more than a year.
The 39 year old Thai, who began his career way back in 1996, will be moving up to Super Bantamweight to challenge unbeaten PABA champion TJ Doheny (12-0, 8), an Australian based Irish born fighter.
Denkaosan first made his name at Flyweight winning the PABA title on his debut. In 2002 he fought in his first world title bout, being stopped by Eric Morel in a contest for the WBA Flyweight crown. He would eventually win that title 6 years later, striking gold in his third world title fight. He would lose the title in his third defense, suffering a loss to Daiki Kameda. That loss was his second as a professional and saw his record fall to 48-2-1 (20).
In September 2013 Kaovichit claimed his second "world" title as he defeated Nobuo Nashiro via split decision to claim the WBA "interim" Super Flyweight title, he failed however to upgrade that title, losing by KO to Kohei Kono in March 2014 in a bout for the regular title.
Since losing to Kono the Thai has fought just twice. Firstly he picked up a win against the terrible Gaspar Ampolo before being stopped by Ryo Matsumoto in just 2 rounds. That loss to Matsumoto was last September which means he'll have been out of the ring for 13 months prior to his bout with Doheny, which will take place at a career heaviest for the Thai.
Whilst we'd like to wish Denkaosan good luck, we really can't see how this one ends in a good way for the Thai who is almost certainly biting off more than he can chew.
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