In just a few weeks time Japanese fighter Teiru Kinoshita will be fighting Zolani Tete for the IBF Super Flyweight title. Despite being on the verge of a world title fight very few fans outside of Japan have any idea who Kinoshita is, and that is genuinely a shame for the unbeaten and highly skilled fighter.
Whilst he's talented and skilled one thing no one can describe Kinoshita as being is a "puncher" and with a sub-20% stoppage record you may actually struggle to find fights that saw him either dropping or stopping opponents. Thankfully we have found one such fight, his controversial 2 round KO victory over Thailand's Petchklongphai Sor Thantip.
This was the first stoppage that Kinoshita scored though it's in a bout that can be described, very fairly, as "controversial". A headclash in the middle of round 2 seemed to immediately effect that Thai visitor who appeared to clearly indicate he didn't want to continue. We're unsure what the referee was actually doing but he seemed to force Petchklongphai to continue. It was clear the Thai didn't want to fight on and he showed little resistance as Kinoshita went on the offensive and "dropped" the Thai 3 times.
We're not certain why Petchklongphai continued to get up rather than just take the count and we're also unsure why the referee let the bout continue. Either the headclash should have forced the bout to a technical draw, if the injury was deemed fight ending, or a TKO when Petchklongphai indicated he didn't want to continue.
Another side note for this fight is that Japanese TV have the Thai fighter listed as being in his 36th bout and taking a record of 15-18-2 (4) into this contest. Boxrec.com however have Petchklongphai with a vastly different record, in fact according to them he was 9-17-1 (3) going in to the bout. As with many Thai's an actual record can be hard to prove either way but it's another case of variance between the TV and Boxrec.
Since this bout, fought back on 28th December 2008, Kinoshita has improved a lot though will need to have a career defining performance to over-come the dangerous Tete when the two men meet at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe.
(Video courtesy of IWantWhoNecks)
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