In December 2004 the Japanese based Thai Den Junlaphan lost the WBC Minimumweight title to Isaac Bustos after suffering a very nasty injury to his right arm. The loss was Junlaphan's first as a professional and kept him out of the ring for 8 months. In that time Bustos had himself lost the WBC title to rising Japanese youngster Katsunari Takayama.
With his injury healed Den Junlaphan was back in action to fight Takayama and regain his world title. His shoulder was healed and he was back to reclaim what he felt was his and show up the 21 year old Takayama who actually looked like a child when stood near Junlaphan.
The bout, from the opening round to the final bell was great action with both men fighting at a very high pace. Neither seemed to mind throwing one to land one and neither man seemed to dislike the challenge of the other. Unfortunately for Takayama however the shots of Junlaphan seemed to have more power on them even though Takayama often seemed to land higher number of punches.
The only bad thing about this contest were the scorecards with one judge managing to see the fight as a 119-111 fight in favour of Den Junlaphan, it was a bout that could have gone either way and a card that was that wide really didn't give Takayama any credit for his part in a enthralling contest.
At the time of writing Takayama is one of two active world champions that Den Junlaphan beat, alongside Akira Yaegashi.
*Den Junlaphan fought as Eagle Kyowa
(Video is thanks to JohnnyNawiedzony)
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