Last November we saw Masahiro Sakamoto (11-1, 7) [坂本 真宏] suffer his first defeat, losing a close decision to Sho Kimura in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title. Today he got his second shot at the belt, as he took on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-5-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง].
Today Samakoto claimed the title with a dominant performance and managed to stop the Thai in the 3rd round, giving Kwanthai his 4th stoppage defeat and potentially ending the Thai's long career.
Sakamoto got on the front foot early, using his jab well and seemed like a man fighting with a point to prove. The Thai looked to fight back, and threw some big looking hooks, but struggled to connect with anything meaningful as Sakamoto took the first two rounds.
In round 3 the Japanese fighter detonated a hook on Kwanthai which hurt the visitor and a follow up sent him down shortly afterwards. Kwanthai showed his championship spirit by rising up off the canvas, but was down again soon afterwards and counted out.
With the win Sakamoto will likely now begin a chase of WBO champion Kimura, seeking a rematch with the man who beat him last year. As for Kwanthai this is likely to be his last notable bout.
At 33 years old and fighting well above his best weight his career Kwanthai really doesn't have much left to offer the sport, and this was his 3 loss in 7 bouts, having previously been 45-2-1.
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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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It feels like we've been waiting ages to hear what was going on with WBO Flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明]. This past week however saw us finally get some concrete details on what was coming up next for the Chinese star.
It's now been announced that Shiming will make his first defense against Japanese challenger Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔], who had been preparing to defend his WBO regional title against former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26) on July 11th.
Kimura, who's biggest win to date was his 2016 majority decision win over country-man Masahiro Sakamoto, will be the first Japanese fighter to face Shiming and he will be fighting outside of Japan for the 5th time.
For Shiming the bout will be his first defense of the title, which he won last November, and sees him finally getting his career back on track after a frustrating 2017, which has seen dates fall through several times already.
Although the bout isn't a huge one it could, potentially, set the stage for a unification bout between Shiming and WBA champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Ioka attending the fight to help build towards that potential showdown.
Although it's not rare for Dangan shows to have title bouts, in fact several recent ones have had two title bouts, it is rare for the shows to be title triple headers .Now however we know that Dangan 187, set for July 11th at the Korakuen Hall, will indeed be a title triple header.
The first of the title bouts was announced at the end of May and is a WBO female Atomweight world title as Nao Ikeyama (18-3-1, 5) [池山直] takes on exciting challenger Saemi Hanagata (13-6-2, 7) [花形 冴美]. Not long after that saw the announcement that Nihito Arakawa (29-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] would defense the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title against Filipino challenger Marbon Bodiongan (14-5-2, 11), in a potentially very fan friendly bout.
We now know that the third title bout of the show will see WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔] take on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26).
For Kimura he bout will be his first of the title, a title he won last year Masahiro Sakamoto, and will be his first against a former world champion. Although the bout is a huge step up in class, it does appear to be a calculated risk from Kimura's team with the Thai now fighting well above his best weight, of Minimumweight, and coming in low on confidence and on a 0-2 run in Japan.
The Thai veteran, who has suffered stoppage losses in Japan to Kazuto Ioka and Ryoichi Taguchi, begane his career 31-0-1 (17) and was the WBA Minimumweight champion in 2010-2011, but has since struggled against name worthy opponents, Ioka, Taguchi Stamp Kiatniwat and Muhammad Rachman. A win here would help him get his career back on track, but it would be a genuine upset if the Thai was to comeaway with the win here.
For fans interested, the show will be featured on boxingraise.com.
Yesterday saw the physical being held for Wednesday's world title fights. At that physical we found that WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8) was 7.5Cm taller than his upcoming challenger Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-3-1, 26).
Today we saw the weigh in for that bout and saw Taguchi come the heavier man, a little over 107¾lbs whilst the Thai challenger came in closer to 107½lbs.
At the weigh in the height difference between the two men was clear though both men did look in tremendous shape with both looking ripped and very strong at the weight.
For Taguchi this will be the first defense of the title he won in December, when he defeated Alberto Rossel. Whilst for Kwanthai it will see him attempting to become a 2-weight world champion, more than 4 years after he claimed the WBA Minimumweight title.
Ryoichi Taguchi makes first defense against Thai veteran Kwanthai (Preview)
WBA champion Taguchi notably taller and longer than challenger
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