Last November we saw Japanese fighter Hirofumi Mukai (15-5-3, 5) [向井 寛史] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, with a second round win against former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-10-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง].
Today the two men had a rematch, and were again fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific crown.
Sadly for the Thai visitor his effort today was evn worse than in their first bout, and he failed to even last a round today against Mukai.
The Japanese fighter started fast and dropped Inthanon within seconds. The Thai got up and looked to continue but he looked sluggish and was unable to keep Mukai away, with the Japanese fighter dropping the Thai again. This time was the end with the bout lasting a total of 93 seconds!
With the loss it's hard to see what Inthanon still has to offer the sport, and although he's a former world title challenger his career looks to be about done. For Mukai the win keeps him relevant but it does seem like he will have a target on his back for a rising contender at 115lbs, and could well lose the title in his first defense, as he did in his last reign.
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Earlier today the Muto gym announced their next big card, which will take place on December 3rd at the EDION Arena Osaka, and feature 4 title bouts, includng a title unification bout.
One of those bouts will see Masahiro Sakamoto (10-1, 6) [坂本 真宏] attempt to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title, in his second shot at the belt, as he takes on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง]. For Sakamoto this will be his second title fight, having lost a bout for this very title last November against current WBO world chamoion Sho Kimura. Interestingly Kwanthai was preparing to face Sakamoto earlier this year for the WBO Asia Pacific title, before Kimura got the call to fight the then WBO world champion Zou Shiming.
Another of the bouts will see Hirofumi Mukai (14-5-3, 4) [向井 寛史] battle against Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-9-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] for the WBO Asia Pacific title, which has previously been held by Mukai. The bout, between former world title challengers, is really a must win for both fighters with neither really able to take another loss if they are to remain relevant. For Mukai the bout will be his second since being stopped by Rex Tso earlier this year whilst Inthanon will be seeking to avenge his 2016 loss to Mukai, who stopped him last year. Tha Thai is 0-2 in Japan and will be hoping to make it third time lucky in the Land of the Rising Sun.
In another bout we'll see Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) defend his OPBF Bantamweight title on against Japan's Seizo Kono (19-8-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what will be Yap's second defense of the title and comes on the back of his incredible cone-back against Kentaro Masuda. For Kono the bout will be his his second title, with his only other one being a battle with Rey Vargas for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title back in 2013. The bout should be a really interesting one, and much better than the records of the two men suggest. A win for Yap would almost certainly improve his world rankings and help him get a long pursued world title fight, though he will likely need another win or two given the depth at Bantamweight right now.
The final bout, and technically the main event of the show, will see the heavy handed Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] in a bout which not only be for Tyson's OPBF Middleweight title, but also the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title, with the winner unifying the two titles. For Tyson this bout will be his second defense whilst Akiyama will be getting his will be getting his second title fight, after having challenged Akio Shibata for the Japanese and OPBF titles back in 2015. The winner here may find themselves sneaking into WBO world rankings, and potentially beginning moving towards a world title fight.
Whilst it's yet to be confirmed it's expected that we'll be able to see this card on boxingraise, with many other Mutoh shows also on the service. Hopefully this will be confirmed either later ths month or in November and then we'll get the chance to see all 4 title bouts.
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Earlier today Japanese fighter Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3) [向井 寛史] scored the most significant win of his career, and claimed a title in what was his 5th title contest.
The Japanese fighter, who had come up short in World, Japanese and OPBF title fighters, claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title in impressive fashion as he destroyed former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (30-9-1, 18) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] in just 2 rounds.
Mukai took control in the opening round, using his more polished skills and superiour size to seize the initative. In the second round Mukai landed one of the best shots of his career and dropped Inthanon with a left to the body. The Thai gotto his foot but was stopped soon afterwards following a second knockdown.
With the win the once very highly touted Mukai, who holds wins over the likes of Sonny Boy Jaro, Mark John Yap and Konosuke Tomiyama, claimed his first title but it seems to have just whet his appetite and he has indicated that he wants to win a Japanese title next. For Inthanon the bout likely ends his career as a world level contender, and sees him losing some of the good will that his bout again Kohei Kono, earlier this year, earned him. Given that he took a battering from Kono andstill saw the final bell the ending here was very surprising.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get a monstrous show with 5 title bouts. One of those will see former world title challengers face off as former Flyweight and Super Flyweight title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-3, 2) [向井 寛史] faces former Super Flyweight challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (30-8-1, 18) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title.
On the scales both men were dead on the limit of 115lb for the bout.
For Inthanon the weight his highest recorded weight, marginally higher than he was for his world title bout with Kohei Kono earlier this year. For Mukai the weight is his lightest since a 2014 win over current OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap, when Mukai was 114¾lbs, and sees him dropping back down in weight following a stint at Bantamweight.
At the weight in both men looked in great shape and it seems clear that the title means a lot to both men, so we're expecting to see a really goof bout, but one that is likely to go the 12 round distance with neither man known for having much in terms of power.
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After what seems like an eternity we've finally got the full line up for the upcoming “You Will be the Champion 6/Art of Boxing 3” co-promoted card and it really does seem like Japanese promoters are attempting to out do each other. That's been seen in the fact that the much anticipated November 23rd show will featured 5 title bouts!
The OPBF title bouts between Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-5, 9) [細川 貴之] and Yutaka Oishi (13-5, 7) [大石 豊] and the OPBF Middleweight title fight between Koki Tyson (10-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] and defending champion Dwight Ritchie (14-0-0-4,1) have been long known about.
We've also long been aware that Hinata Maruta (3-0, 2) [丸田 陽七太] would be defending his WBC Youth Bantamweight title for the first time. Today we finally saw Maruta's opponent being named, with it being Filipino Joe Tejones (6-1, 2).
Tejones a 20 year old southpaw, will be fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time and, if truth be told, is a disappointing opponent for Maruta given the Japanese youngster's performances so far. Although disappointing Tejones has never been stopped, and his only loss was a razor thin one to Jess Rhey Waminal, back in July. With it being Maruta's first defense of the title, and given the restrictions involved in WBC Youth title fights, we won't complain too much, especially given the depth of the card.
As reported yesterday other bouts on the card include a contest between Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-3, 2) [向井 寛史] and Inthanon Sithchamuang (30-8-1, 18) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง], with both men being former world title challengers. Interestingly this 12 round bout has now been confirmed as a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight bout, whilst the bout between Masahiro Sakamoto (8-0, 4) [坂本 真宏] take on the once beaten Sho Kimura (12-1-2, 6) [木村 翔] has been confirmed as a WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title bout.
With 5 title bouts the show slightly over-shadows the November 11th card, which has 4 OPBF title fights, and given the quality of the overall card this really does look like a treat for fans in Osaka in in the final week of November.
Hirofumi Mukai to face Inthanon Sithchamuang on November 23rd!
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