When a Japanese fighter travels to Thailand we know they are up against it. The conditions in Thailand are torrid for away fighters, the judging can often be suspect, and history has gone against Japanese fighters time and time again when they have travelled to their neighbours for big fights. Those 3 things seem to combine against Japan's Takuya Kogawa on March 4th when he travelled to fight WBA interim Flyweight champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep.
Yodmongkol, in his previous fight, had stopped Japan's Koki Eto in a brilliant contest to claim the title and was defending it for the first time against Kogawa who had come into this bout on a loss of his Japanese Flyweight title to Suguru Muranaka. On paper it looked almost certain that Yodmongkol was going to make an easy defence proving the difference between Japanese domestic class and interim world class.
Instead of seeing a mismatch what we got was one of the more controversial bouts of the year as the brave, busy and determined Kogawa out worked Yodmongkol for vast swathes of the bout in a contest that really looked like their was only one winner. Unfortunately our eyes and those of the judges appeared to be seeing something different with Yodmongkol retaining his title on the official cards.
What we suggest is that you watch this fight and give your view in the comment section below, maybe include your score and see if we were right or the judges were right.
Whilst Yodmongkol was lucky here we cannot possibly hate on him for beating Koki Eto, though we do suggest that you watch that bout if you haven't already.
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