It's fair to say that Thai teenager Campee Phayon (10-2, 6) [คัมภีร์ สิงห์วังชา] hasn't had his best year in the ring, losing his unbeaten record in May to Li Quan Lin in Hong Kong and then suffering a stoppage loss in June to Xiang Xiang Sun, in Nanning. Today however he put those defeats behind him, upsetting the heavy handed Yoshimichi Matsumoto (10-2, 8) [松本 芳道] in Tokyo.
Coming in to the bout Matsumoto had been favoured. He had been a a solid fighter in K1 before turning to boxing in 2013, and despite a loss in his 5th bout he was coming along well, with 6 straight wins. That winning run and former K1 experienced failed to help however with the Thai landing at will and rocking the Japanese fighter through out.
Although Campee had lost his previous two bouts outside of Thailand he looked dominant here, with Matsumoto struggling to win a round and the scorecards showed just how one sided it was with Campee winning courtesy of cards of 98-91, twice, and 97-91. No matter what Matsumoto tried it failed and he was countered so often that he was giving Campee target practice at times.
For the Japanese fighter this could be the end of his combat career. He's 34 and took a bit of a hiding here. For Campee however the win is one that gets his career back on track following his two losses earlier in the year.
The bout, which took place on the under-card of Satoshi Hosono's bout with Jonathan Victor Barros, followed a majority decision win for Matsumoto's stablemate Seiichi Okada (19-6-1, 11) [岡田 誠一]. With the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion ending a 3 fight unbeaten run courtesy of a victory over Tatsuya Yanagi (11-5-1, 4) [柳 達也], giving Yanagai his 5th loss in 7 bouts.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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