September 1st 2018-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Akihiro Kondo (30-7-1, 17) vs Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-11-1, 9)
Earlier today former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo [近藤 明広] faced off with the hard hitting but limited Tatsuya Miyazaki [宮崎辰也]
March 2nd 2018-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16) vs Rikhit Thunritsa (0-0)
Earlier this month former world title contender Akihiro Kondo [近藤明広] took on Thai novice Rikhit Thunritsa in Tokyo, in what was Kondo'sfirst bout since his 2017 loss to Sergey Lipinets.
July 27th 2015- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Akihiro Kondo (21-6-1, 10) v Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-3-1, 19)
Earlier this year fans saw Thailand's Patomsuk Pathompothong fight in an IBF Light Welterweight eliminator with China's Ik Yang. The Thai was stopped in that bout by the Chinese Wildman but had managed to notch a win since. Earlier this week the Thai traveled to Japan to battle the teak tough Akihiro Kondo, a former Japanese title holder at Lightweight.
(Video courtesy of ichiriki)
When a fighter is told he has another bout scheduled after his upcoming bout he can fall into the trap of over-looking the immediate bout in an attempt to focus on the one further in the future. Thankfully for former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo he didn't make that mistake when he took on Thailand's Kaewkla Chaiyonggym, despite having a bout scheduled for just a few weeks later.
Better yet for Kondo wasn't just the fact he won but the fact he did so relatively easily, damage free and quickly seeing off his Thai foe in less than 2 minutes with a hard right hand that sent the Thai down hard where he took the 10 count.
(Video courtesy of Ichiriki boxing)
Before we say anything on this fight we would like to apologise. Sometimes perfect footage isn't available. It's just simply outside of our capabilities. That's been the case here with the second fight between Nihito Arakawa and Akihiro Kondo. The footage lacks the opening round and also lacks the "correct" sound, in fact we would advise that you mute the sound for the video because it is irritating. We are sorry for both of those issues and we do hope that a better version of this fight does surface, though for now this appears to be as good as there is out there.
So on to the fight it was the second bout between Nihito Arakawa, a man infamous for his battle with Omar Figueroa, and Akihiro Kondo. The men had met back in 2010 when Arakawa took a close decision over Kondo to take the Japanese Lightweight title. Although their was no title on the line this time around both men were looking to score a win they each felt they needed. Arakwa had gone more than a year with out a win and had lost 3 of his previous 4. For Kondo he was returning from retirement and knew that a win here could re-announce him on the boxing world.
We won't ruin what happens but the fight is a solid contest and one we think you will enjoy, even with the issues that the video has.
On July 23rd Japanese fans will the chance to see the return to the ring of Akihiro Kondo who, after more than a year out of the ring, returns to action in a battle with former foe Nihito Arakawa more than 4 years after their first clash.
The first Kondo/Arakawa bout saw Arakawa taking a narrow decision over Kondo to claim the Japanese Lightweight title. That was a title that Kndo had won just over 8 months earlier with a stunning performance against Ryuji Migaki, a performance you can see below.
Migaki went into the bout as the Japanese champion and was defending the belt for the first time since his stoppage victory over Ichitaro Ishii. Whilst it was first defence Migaki he was also riding a wave of confidence having won his previous 13 bouts. That confidence and winning run didn't help him when Kondo hurt him and went to work forcing the referee to stop the bout after just 45 seconds! The ended Migaki's reign after less than 4 months as champion.
Incidentally Kondo wasn't the only notable fighter than Migaki fought. He actually holds a win over current Japanese champion Yoshitaka Kato, he lost a decision to the aforementioned Arakawa and he was also stopped, in a round, by current WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura.
(Video courtesy of Nobuyuki Chiba)
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