The Thai, who last fought just a few weeks ago when he lost to Akinori Watanabe, looked dangerous through out the bout but struggled to connect against the Japanese fighter. Saito, to his credit, fought smartly to begin with before gradually letting his shots go with more regularity.
By the middle rounds of the fight the Thai was beginning to look weary with Saito pressing more and landing more eye catching combinations. Ratchasi showed his toughness and looked for some bombs, but really looked out classed and it seemed that in the final round Saito was looking for a stoppage, though was unable to even land the shot to drop the Thai.
At the end of the 8 round contest there was no doubting the winner, with taking the decision with scores of 80-73, 79-75 and 78-74 and promising the fans he would go on to win a title, after having falled short in 7 previous title bouts.
Sadly for Ratchasi this is his third loss in 4 bouts, and it's hard to see where he goes following this performance.
(Image courteys of boxingnews.jp)