Earlier today OPBF Super Middleweight champion Yuzo Kiyota (28-4-1, 26) successfully defended his title, for the second time, as he scored a 10th round TKO victory over Thailand's limited Kajornsak Sithsaithong (7-6, 7).
The win for Kiyota was certainly not a surprise, in fact it was all but a given considering Kajornsak's limitations and form. The bout however did give us some shocks.
The first of those shocks came in the 2nd round when Kajornsak landed a right hand that dropped Kiyota to the canvas. It was clear that the limited Thai wasn't as over-matched as we, and many others, had anticipated and he also hadn't just turned up for the payday.
Having scored the early knockdown it was little wonder that Kajornsak was up when the scores cards were read out after 4 rounds, with the cards favouring the Thai by scores of 39-37 and 38-37, twice.
Kiyota, to his credit, began the fight back in the middle rounds and by the end of round 8 he was leading on two of the cards, with scores of 77-75 and 77-76, whilst the third judge had Kajornsak up by a score of 76-75.
In round 9 Kiyota finally took control of the bout before finally seeing off the Thai in the 10th round of the bout. Taking significantly longer than expected in what derided as an awful mismatch, one of the worst in recent memories for an OPBF title.
Whilst Kiyota did get the win he really didn't impress and it seems clear that e's not going to risk his title, or world rankings, with out a big cash payment. As for Kajornsak he can take a lot of positives from pushing the hard hitting champion so hard, he lost but he really did perform much better than anyone expected.
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