That bout ws between world ranked Thai Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (17-3, 11) [เอกตะวัน ม.กรุงเทพธนบุรี] and Japanese local Takayuki Okumoto (16-7-2, 6) [奥本 貴之].
The bout was made with Okumoto's team thinking that Eaktawan's world ranking was an easy one to take, after all the Thai was 0-3 in bouts outside of Thailand. Okumoto's team however over-looked the Thai who fought as if his career depended on the bout. Eaktawan moved excellently, picked his shots amazingly and knew how and when to strike, with the shots taking their toll on Okumoto, who was left cut around the right eye, left with a nose bleed and befuddled by the Thai, who switched stances part way through the bout.
Whilst Eaktawan showed great poise and skills Okumoto was forced to show great heart, and never stopped trying to turn the bout around, with a brilliant effort in the final round. That effort however failed to secure him a win, with the score cards giving the Thai the bout with split decision.
The official tallies were 78-76, 77-76, for Eaktawan and 77-76 for Okumoto, the reality however is that the right man got the win, and the cards were far closer than they should have been.
After the bout a clearly upset Okumoto praised Eaktawan whilst also admitting he was frustrated with his performance.
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