This past Wednesday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (14-1, 5) [内藤 律樹], who was fighting for the first time since he lost the Japanese title to Kenichi Ogawa last December.
Naito was up against highly experienced Thai Chaiyong Sithsaithong (40-16-4, 28) [ชัยยงค์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง] and looked like a fighter who had learned a lesson from his loss, as he easily out boxed, out fought and out moved the Thai.
From the opening round it was clear that Naito was too good, too big and too fast as he out boxed the Thai veteran who struggled with the jab and movement of the Japanese fighter. Chaiyong tried to slowdown Naito with a body attack, and whilst there was some success for the Thai Naito fought back and never seemed in any trouble.
At the end of the 8 round bout their was no doubting the winner with Naito recording an 80-72 shut out.
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Japanese prospects are making a name for themselves at an incredible pace and it seems like we're talking about a new every few weeks. The latest to make a statement was Misako Gym's Shuichiro Yoshino (2-0, 1) [吉野 修一郎] who was in the ring earlier today and scored a notable win over a highly experienced, tough and heavy handed opponent, Thailand's Chaiyong Sithsaithong (39-15-4, 28) [ชัยยงค์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง].
The two men, who faced off in a 6 rounder earlier today at the Korakuen Hall, couldn't really have much different experience in the professional ranks but that experience didn't help Chaiyong who was unable to impose his strength on Yoshino, who relied on his amateur experience of more than 100 wins.
The Thai, who entered with a #3 ranking with the OPBF at Lightweight, had come in to the bout following a notable opening round win over Japan's Tosho Makoto Aoki, last November, but that was no help against Yoshino who simply knew too much, was too big, too tough and too good for Chaiyong, who was beaten by unanimous decision by the 24 year who is tipped to go a very long way.
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Earlier today it was revealed that Misako gym prospect Shuichiro Yoshino (1-0, 1) [吉野修一郎] would be taking a monster step up in his second professional bout, which is now scheduled to take place on February 11th.
The bout in question will see the former Japanese amateur stand out, who went 104-20 (55) in the unpaid ranks, take on the highly experienced, tough and dangerous, Chaiyong Sithsaithong (39-14-4, 28) [ชัยยงค์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง].
Although the Thai doesn't have a perfect record he is a very tough ask for a novice and is a high risk-high reward fighter, given that he is currently #3 ranked by the OPBF.
Chaiyong is a well travelled 35 year old who began his career in 2003 and has faced a number of notable names, losing decisions to the likes of Z Gorres, Vyacheslav Gusev, Jack Asis, Josh King and Paul Fleming whilst fighting to a technical draw wuith Juan Martin Elorde and scoring an openign round blow out last year over Japanese puncher Tosho Makoto Aoki. Through out his 57 bout career he has been stopped just once more than 4 years ago, by Masatoshi Kotani in Japan, and has featured in a number of regional title fights.
Despite his experience Chaiyong will be the under-dog with Yoshino hotly tipped for the top. This step up for the 24 year old, who debuted against a win-less Thai, is a huge one but he should have youth, his amateur background and natural size in his favour, though of course he will still need to make the most of those advantages against a confident fighter who is on a 2 fight stoppage run.
(Image courtesy of Misako)
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