The Japanese fighter, who had come up short in World, Japanese and OPBF title fighters, claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title in impressive fashion as he destroyed former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (30-9-1, 18) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] in just 2 rounds.
Mukai took control in the opening round, using his more polished skills and superiour size to seize the initative. In the second round Mukai landed one of the best shots of his career and dropped Inthanon with a left to the body. The Thai gotto his foot but was stopped soon afterwards following a second knockdown.
With the win the once very highly touted Mukai, who holds wins over the likes of Sonny Boy Jaro, Mark John Yap and Konosuke Tomiyama, claimed his first title but it seems to have just whet his appetite and he has indicated that he wants to win a Japanese title next. For Inthanon the bout likely ends his career as a world level contender, and sees him losing some of the good will that his bout again Kohei Kono, earlier this year, earned him. Given that he took a battering from Kono andstill saw the final bell the ending here was very surprising.
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