Earlier today Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw a notable upset, as touted prospect Kazuki Saito (5-1, 5) [斎藤 一貴] was stopped in 2 rounds by Thai foe Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 19), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, in what was a genuine upset.
The talented Saito had been an accomplished amateur, going 83-14 in the unpaid ranks, and was expected to be a star as a professional. He had looked excellent, for the most part, since his debut and seemed very confident yesterday at the weigh in. The Thai on the other hand has struggled against fighters of some quality, and was stopped in his previous bout against Masayoshi Nakatani.
Saito managed to show his class early on, boxing behind his jab and looked solid. Sadly for Saito he did look like he was worried every time Amphol hit him back. Amphol however didn't really throw too much in the first round, instead he got a read on Saito, fought behind his guard and was cautious, respectful even of Saito's power. In round 2 the Thai let his hands go a little more, and landed a solid right hand up top. The shot seemed to have a delayed effect on Saito, with his knees buckling a few moments after being tagged. The Thai smelled blood and would send Saito down soon afterward.
Although Saito got to his feet he hadn't recovered and Amphol rushed his man, sending him down again. This time the towel was thrown in saving Saito from further punishment, but costing him his unbeaten record.
For the Thai this is a massive win, and could help him move towards a second OPBF title fight. Sadly for Saito the loss reveals that his chin is a massive concern going forward, something we had already question given he had been dropped earlier in his career. Saito can certainly rebuild, but this is still a massive set back at this point in his career.
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Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Kazuki Saito (5-0, 5) [斎藤 一貴] take a notable step up in class, as he takes on experienced Thai Amphol Suriyo (22-3, 18), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. On paper the bout is a huge step up in class for the talented and very promising Saito, but it's also a bout that Amphol will see as a chance to keep himself relevant, and win should help keep him in and around the OPBF rankings.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make the agreed Lightweight limit with no issue.
At the weigh in Saito spoke about looking for the knockouts in his bouts so far, but getting them when the chance arises. It seems clear that he knows he's a better boxer-puncher than a pure puncher and would like to build around his boxing skills and the traits related to his movement, accuracy, stamina and skills.
Saito also stated that he would like to compete in the Japanese title elimination bout for the Lightweight title later in the year, so that he can become the mandatory challenger for the 2019 Champion Carnival. For the Thai this will be his second bout in Japan, and comes less than 5 months after losing in an OPBF title fight to Masayoshi Nakatani, who stopped him in 6 rounds in Osaka back in February.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷 正義] record his 9th defense of the title, as he over-came Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-3, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo] in a 1-sided affair.
The Japanese fighter used his height and reach to dictate the distance from the off, using his jab and movement to keep the much shorter Thai at arms reach. It wasn't an exciting start but one that saw Nakatani control the bout and stay safe, away from the vaunted power of the Thai slugger.
As the rounds went on Nakatani slow broke down the challenger and in round 3 Nakatani began to unload his right hand. The round was one of the few where the Thai had some success, landing some body shots, but it was over shadowed by the better work of Nakatani who again showed off his skills up close when he needed to. The following round a head clash took place, cutting the challenger over the left eye and left him bleeding as well as looking unable to really pressure the champion. Things went from bad to worse for for Pharanpetch in round 5 as he was dropped late in the round. He was then stopped the following round as Nakatani dropped him for the 10 count.
The idea now seems to be for Nakatani to chase world titles, but this seems to have been the idea for quite some time and it's become a bit of a frustrating for fans of the fighter.
On the under-card fans saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (25-1, 14) [石田 匠] score a 3rd round KO win against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-2, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who went down for the count following a body shot. There was also wins for Masayoshi Hashizume (15-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義] and Kazusa Arai (3-1, 2) [新井一颯], who both scored decisions, however the once touted Futa Akizuki (10-2, 8) [秋月楓大] suffered his second straight loss, losing a shock decision to Takuya Fujioka (8-8-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥].
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Tomorrow in Osaka fight fans will be able to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (15-0, 9) [中谷 正義] defending his title against Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-2, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo]. For the champion it will be his 9th defense, whilst the Thai will be seeking a carrer best win.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight.
On the scales the defending champion was bang on the 135lb Lightweight limit and looked in great shape. Not only did he tower over the challenger but he seemed relaxed, confident and like a man who knows he's going towin, and going to make one more step towards a long awaited world title fight.
As for the Thai he passed with some room to spare, coming in at 133.8lbs. Despite being just over 1lb lighter than his Japanese opponent he looked several divisions smaller than Nakatani who clear has reach and height advantages, as well as the edge in skills and being the one fighting at home.
Sadly from what we understand this bout won't be avilable to watch online and there is no reports of any scheduled television coverages.
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Almost 2 weeks ago we reported that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (15-0, 9) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title on February 24th at the Edion arena in Osaka. At the time we had no other details about the card, no confirmation of his opponent or under-card bouts. Thankfully though we have no got some more infomation on the Ioka promoted card.
Firstly we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-2, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo], who entersd the bout ranked #7 at Lightweight by the OPBF, 2 places ahead of Nihito Arakawa. Coming in to this the Thai is on a 4 fight stoppage run, albeit against weak opponents in Thailand, following a stoppage loss to Brandon Ogilvie in 2016. It's hard to see what the challenger will be able to do against such a talented champion and we really can't see the challenger having the skills to test the talented Nakatani, though Pharanpetch may have the power to trouble Nakatani if he manages to land clean.
The main supporting bout will be ring return of former world title challenger Sho Ishida (24-1, 13) [石田 匠], who will be up against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-1, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who enters the bout as an OPBF ranked fighter with a lot to lose. This will be Ishida's first bout since his 2017 loss to Kal Yafai in the UK and will be his chance to re-establish himself before beginning to rebuild towards a second world title fight. As for Lucky this bout is a potential platform for him to force his name into the world title picture, if he can pick up the upset.
Others on the card include Masayoshi Hashizume (14-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義], who will be seeking a retiurn to winning ways following a draw, and 17 year old Kazusa Arai (2-1, 2) [新井一颯] and 19 year old Futa Akizuki (10-1,8) [秋月楓大], who will both be looking to bounce back from their first defeats.
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