The 31 year old Japanese fighter started slowly, losing the opening round on 2 of the judges score cards, but the following round she began to take over the bout, sweeping rounds 2 though 6 on all the cards by simply upping the tempo, landing body shots and confusing the Thai who looked like she went into her shell.
The Thai had quickly left the bout slip out of her grasp until late in on when a tired Henzan took her foot off the gas, knowing she had done more than enough to secure the win. When she did that Kongsang managed to get her way back to a respectable palce on the score cards, taking round 7 on two of the cards and round 8 on one.
At the very closest the bout could have been scored 77-75 to Henzan, but the judges didn't see it that close, scoring it 78-74, twice, and 79-73.
The clear win for Henzan saw her extend her unbeaten record 6, and get some sense of revenge for a draw she had with Kongsang last November. As for the Thai this is her second loss in the space of 4 weeks, having also been beaten by April Adams back in March.
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