Earlier today Japanese fans in Wakayama had a chance to see local hero Shindo Go (14-2, 9) in action as she successfully defended her WBC female Flyweight title, for the second time, with an excellent stoppage victory over Thailand's Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-3, 1).
Go, one of Japanese boxing's more under-rated fighters, started cautiously and tried to avoid the southpaw left of her challenger early in the bout. It was a case of seeing what the Thai had in her and trying not to make too many mistakes early on.
Sadly for Kledpetch it didn't take Go long to figure her out and from round 4 onwards Go began to move through the gears becoming more and more aggressive. It was as if Go realised that the Thai had nothing to trouble her and went for the kill.
The Thai did well to see off the increasing offensive action of Go though unfortunately the bout became more and more one sided. Go began hammering the challenger upstairs and downstairs whilst walking through what little resistance was fired back. The assault of Go was vicious and Kledpetch was wilting round after round.
In round 8 Go started very fast and swiftly the referee was forced to rescue the Thai who had taken more than enough punishment to justify the stoppage which was very much welcomed by the local crowd who were all there to see Go defending her title.
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With the year coming to a close we think we may have seen the final female upset of the year on Friday morning in Thailand as the unheralded Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-2, 1) scored the biggest victory of her career. Facing former world title contender Kanittha Kokietgym (20-6, 7) few would have given Kledpetch much of a chance but the 21 year old managed to out work Kanittha to take the decision.
Whilst no one would Kanittha unbeatable going in to this contest she had only lost to notable fighters including Naoko Fujioka, twice, Shindo Go, Irma Sanchez and Jessica Chavez, 4 very good fighters who have all proven to be world class. If Kledpetch could follow in their footsteps then she may well become one of the great female fighters from Thailand.
Staying in Thailand, albeit on a different show, South Korean Hee-Jung Yuh (10-2, 4) did what was expected of her and stopped Thai novice Lookkwan Sithpracha (0-2), taking just 4 rounds to get the job done. Yuh, fighting on foreign soil for the first time, really should have faced a tougher foe than Lookkwan, though with the potential of Yuh to fight a more notable name next time out we will forgive her, for now.
In a low profile show in Korea the IFBA Super Flyweight champion Hee-Jung Yuh (8-2, 2) made the first defense of her title.
The 33 year old Korean, who won her title December, was fighting for the first time this year and managed to look as good as ever as she stopped Thai challenger Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (5-2, 1) in the 8th round. Whilst it was Yuh's first fight this year it was Lookmuangkan's second successive loss of the year.
On the same Korean card the unbeaten Eun-Hye Lee (4-0, 1) out pointed Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch (0-1) over the 6 round distance.