Last November we saw Japanese fighter Hirofumi Mukai (15-5-3, 5) [向井 寛史] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, with a second round win against former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-10-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง].
Today the two men had a rematch, and were again fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific crown.
Sadly for the Thai visitor his effort today was evn worse than in their first bout, and he failed to even last a round today against Mukai.
The Japanese fighter started fast and dropped Inthanon within seconds. The Thai got up and looked to continue but he looked sluggish and was unable to keep Mukai away, with the Japanese fighter dropping the Thai again. This time was the end with the bout lasting a total of 93 seconds!
With the loss it's hard to see what Inthanon still has to offer the sport, and although he's a former world title challenger his career looks to be about done. For Mukai the win keeps him relevant but it does seem like he will have a target on his back for a rising contender at 115lbs, and could well lose the title in his first defense, as he did in his last reign.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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