One of the biggest upsets in Asian boxing this year was the shocking destruction of Yota Sato by the little known Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (22-3-1, 20) for the WBC Super Flyweight title.
That bout, which came back in May was Srisaket's "coming out party" as he battered and brutalised Sato in one of the most impressive performances of the year. Sato had come in to that bout on a great run, he had looked classy, skilled and very tricky though Srisaket mowed him down like a third rate challenger.
The Thai now looks to make the first defense of his WBC title as he takes on another Japanese fighter, this time in the form of Hirofumi Mukai (9-2-1, 1). A fighter whose only previous experience at the world level is a 47 second technical draw with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam back in 2011.
Going in to this bout it's fair to say that Mukai will be looking to do exactly what Srisaket did and that's lea from obscurity to world champion. Unfortunately for the light hitting Japanese fighter the odds are really stacked against him.
Firstly Mukai is very much an inexperienced professional. He has just 12 bouts on his record with a total of 78 rounds. Many of those those 12 contests have been fought at the 6 or 8 round level and in fact he's lost against his only notable Super Flyweight opponent, a second round KO loss to Mark Anthony Geraldo, just two bouts ago. It's this loss to Geraldo that really should send alarm bells ringing.
On the flipside of that however Mukai is a talented boxer. His victory over Sonny Boy Jaro very early in his career showed glimpses of a very promising prospect with good movement, good fundamentals and nice hand speed. Unfortunately since then he has has suffered losses to Rocky Fuentes and Geraldo as well the draw with Wonjongkam.
Srisaket is almost the stylistic opposite of Mukai. He looks, at times, like he lacks some boxing fundamentals. He can look crude, he can look wild and he can look reckless. However Srisaket is both destructive and more intelligent than he looks in the ring. He's excellent at cutting off the ring, he closes the distance surprisingly easily and most interestingly is the fact he can break opponents down upstairs, downstairs or mentally.
With Srisaket's busy style it's be easy to assume his work rate would wear him out quickly. Amazingly however he seems to have an amazing engine. Sure we've only seen Srisaket go beyond 7 rounds twice in his 26 fight career but he was still as active in round 8 against Sato as he had been earlier in the same fight.
With it being obvious that Mukai won't have the power to keep Srisaket honest we really can't see any out come other than a Srisaket stoppage victory. If Gerlado can do it in two then it'd be a shock if it takes Srisaket much longer.
We think that Srisaket may take a round to try and see what Mukai has then swarm all over him cutting the ring off and breaking down the Japanese challenger in a dominant and destructive performance.
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