To date no Japanese fighter has ever claimed a full world title in Thailand with Akaho joining the long list of fighters who have tried.
On Wednesday, ahead of the bout, Akaho took part in his public practice session and gave some quotes to the media. Among those quotes was the one regarding how sure he was of winning the bout, stating that he was "100% confident" of beating the Thai, in fact not only was Akaho confident of winning but that he would do so by KO.
Although confident Akaho will know that history is strongly against him. Many well established Japanese fighters have failed in their attempts to claim titles in Thailand and Akaho will certainly not be the biggest name to attempt to change that. Despite the history he is regarded by many as the favourite and is seemingly expected by many fans to over-come Pungluang, who is himself a former holder of this title. If he manages that then Akaho will have won a world title on his second attempt, having previously come up short against Yota Sato in a Super Flyweight title contest.
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