January 31st 2015- Pattaya Boxing World, Pattaya, Thailand
Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28) Vs Joaquim Mahe (8-0, 4)
In 2014 we saw Sod Kokietgym come up short against Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux, on his return to the ring Sod took on unbeaten Frenchman Joaquim Mahe, AKA Joaquim Redbluegym. This was a huge step back down for Sod though was a great chance for Mahe to make a big name for himself against a 3-time title contender, who had only lost to world class opposition.
(Video courtesy of TKO.in.th)
Less than a year after Thailand's Sod Kokietgym suffered his first professional loss to Daniel Ponce De Leon, the men were back in the ring together with Sod trying to erase his sole loss and Ponce De Leon trying to prove that he didn't need questionable judging to beat the Thai.
What we got, sadly for Sod, was exactly what Ponce De Leon wanted as the Thai suffered one of the most shocking knockouts in recent years and it came inside a round as Ponce De Leon's power really was proven to be legitimate and thunderous.
The fight, whilst it lasted, was great with both throwing with mean intentions and it was clear that neither guy wanted to go the distance. No one however would have suspected that the whole bout would last less than a minute.
At the time of writing both of Sod's losses have come to Ponce De Leon and this particular loss is his sole stoppage loss. This is however being written just days before he takes on Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux who is strongly backed to beat Sod when the two meet this coming Saturday.
(Video thanks to IWantWhoNecks)
For many fights fans the upcoming bout between Sod Kokietgym and Guillermo Rigondeaux is little more than a "gimme" for the sensational Cuban boxer. It is however worth noting that this won't be the first time Sod has fought at the world level, in fact it will be his third "world title" fight, though it will be his first whilst fighting under the name Sod Kokietgym.
Sod's first two world title fights came when he was fighting under the name Sod Looknongyangtoy and both came against Mexican slugger Daniel Ponce De Leon. The first actually came, rather amazingly, on a card stacked with Thai's fighting Mexicans including 4 world title fights!
Of the two Sod/De Leon fights it was the first bout which was the more interesting, by a long way.
The bout was fought on October 29th 2005 in Arizona USA and it was Sod's first bout outside of Thailand. Despite the travel Sod gave an incredible effort and really pushed Ponce De Leon all the way, including knocking him down in round 2 and taking the fight to him for vast swathes of the exciting encounter. It wasn't always a pretty fight but both men threw plenty of leather both fought portions of the bout with the intention of getting a knockout, often missing wildly as a result.
Sadly for Sod his effort in a very close bout was over-looked by the judging which seemed to be ridiculously against him, in fact 1 judge managed to give Sod just a single round, the second. It seemed clear from the post fight reactions of both men, and the crowd, that Sod had managed to at least make things very close and the wide cards lead to a rematch being fought just 9 months later. Sadly for Sod that bout didn't go so well.
(Video courtesy of WolnyJakKeczup)
This coming weekend sees Thai veteran Sod Kokietgym fight in a major clash with Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux. The bout, in Macau, is widely seen as a mismatch and even we'd write off Sod's chances to claim the WBO and WBA "super" Super Bantamweight titles however Sod isn't actually an awful fighter, he's just not in Rigondeaux's league, then again who is.
With more than 60 wins under his belt Sod has experience, skills and know-how, all of which was one show when he scored a stunning 1 punch KO against the badly mismatched Frans Yarangga. Although the bout was a total mismatch it was still an impressive performance by Sod, given that he was fighting a former interim Indonesian Lightweight champion whilst Sod himself is a bona-fide Super Bantamweight.
For those interested in place this bout in regards to time it was fought almost 2 years ago and since then Sod has added a further 5 wins to his record.
Whilst we wish Sod all the best against Rigondeaux he'll almost certainly need more than just look to beat a man some regard as the best boxer, pound-for-pound, on the planet.
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