Earlier today Thailand local fans had the chance to see the once beaten Kongfah CP Freshmart (29-1, 15) [ก้องฟ้า ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] pick up his latest win, as he stopped Japanese visitor Hyuma Fujioka (10-10-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬] in a pretty compelling bout for the WBC Asian Diamond Super Bantamweight title.
Early on the visitor managed to apply pressure. It was a good game plan, but he lacked the skills needed to make the most of it and all too often he was following Kongfah without really letting his hands go. The ineffective pressure showed that Fujioka was there to win, but lacked the ability to really close the distance, whilst Kongfah was able to smartly box on the back foot and win the rounds.
After 4 rounds we had the open scoring, which had Kongfah leading 40-36, twice,and 39-37.
The pressure of Fujioka, and the lack of success it had, began to get turned around and it wasn't long before it was Kongfah pressing the fight, backing up Fujioka. When that happened the Japanese fighter really began to get beaten up. He had a torrid round 8, before the pressure and power of Kongfah broke down the Japanese fighter in the 9th round.
With the win Kongfah is now riding a solid 15 fight winning run, albeit at the lower end of the regional scene. Fujioka on the other hand has now lost 3 in a row and 5 of his last 6, however this is only the second time he has been stopped in his 21 fight career.
Tomorrow in Thailand fans will be able to see Kongfah CP Freshmart (28-1, 15) [ก้องฟ้า ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take on Japanese visitor Hyuma Fujioka (10-9-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬] in a bout for a regional WBC title at Super Bantamweight.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in on the limit, at 122lbs.
On paper this is a mismatch, but in reality we're expecting a much more competitive bout than the record suggest, with Fujioka being much better than many assume.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on Thai Channel 7HD from 13:45 local time, as part of a pretty interesting card featuring a number of other fighters from the CP Freshmart banner.
Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see former 2-time world title challenger Ryo Akaho (34-2-2, 22) [赤穂亮] pick up his latest win, taking a close majority technical decision over southpaw Hyuma Fujioka (10-8-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬].
The experienced Akaho struggled early on, with Fujioka landing his straight shots and made the most of his southpaw stance. Despite the fact the Fujuoka was having success his shots lacked real bite, and it was the heavier blows of Akaho which were starting to impress around round 3, and those blows would do enough to catch the eye of the judges, despite a clash of heads cutting the left eye of Akaho.
The cut was a bad one, but it seemed to spur Akaho into upping his intensity, something that he seemed to feel he needed to do.
Towards the end of round 5 the bout was halted, taking us to the judges, who gave Akaho the bout with scores of 50-46 and 49-47, whilst the third judge had the bout even 48-48. After the bout Akaho seemed to be clearly disappointed with himself, and stated that he would have a think about what he would do going forward. Fujuioka, despite losing, seemed the much happy man in regards too the bout, and it was obvious he felt he had proven himself as a capable fighter, despite suffering his 8th loss.
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