In Himeji earlier today fight fans had the chance to see Japanese youngster Tenta Kiyose (15-2-1, 7) [清瀬天太] take a huge step up in class to and battle against former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (68-2-1, 28) [โอเล่ห์ดง ศักดิ์เสมอชัย], who had been riding an impressive looking 33 fight unbeaten run going back to his WBC title loss to Kazuto Ioka more than 7 years ago.
Sadly for the former world champion today wasn't his day, and instead of looking like a former world champion in impressive form he looked like a struggle, out of shape bottom feeder, who had padded his record for years against inept and unqualified foes. In fact if we're being honest that's something the Thai has done since a 2013 win over Giovanni Escaner.
Kiyose looked sharp from the off and used his jab to the body well. Oleydong came forward behind a high guard and in round 3 had his best moment, landing a hard left hook. It seemed like it hurt the Japanese local, but Oleydong couldn't capitalise on the opportunity. Despite failing to make the most of the opening the Thai seemed to realise that he could hurt the Japanese fighter with his hook and tried to land them off the ropes in round 5, whilst Kiyose worked the body and began to take away Oleydong's legs.
Given that Oleydong had struggled to make weight at yesterday's weigh in it did seem as if Kiyose knew his man was only going to be dangerous early and he picked up the intensity of his body work as we went on. In round 7 body work took it's toll with the Thai breathing through his mouth and his movement being close to none existent. At the end of the round the Thai retired in his corner, know he was done, and wouldn't have have had much success in the remaining 3 rounds.
Notably this was the first time the 33 year old Oleydong had been scheduled in a bout beyond 6 rounds since March 2015, with his last 12 bouts all being scheduled for 6 rounds, and all being against very limited foes in Thailand. It seems like he really might be just a 6 rounder fighter now a days, and his performance today really showed that, with only very small glimpses of the fighter he once was.
Whilst it's terrible news for the Thai, who had entered the bout with WBA and WBO world rankings, it's a huge win for Kiyose, who has now won 8 in a row and could well find himself on the fringes of the world rankings. This win might not be the key tohim getting a world title fight, but will certainly move him closer to getting a regional title fight and there is a good chance he will add to his WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title in the near future.
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Tomorrow in Himeji fight fans will be able to see Japanese youngster Tenta Kiyose (14-2-1,6) [清瀬天太] take a huge step up in class to face off with former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (68-1-1, 28) [โอเล่ห์ดง ศักดิ์เสมอชัย]. Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men managed to make the 118lbs weight limit.
Things were each on the scales for Kiyose, who was under the limit and came in at 117.5lbs. That weight is significantly lighter than we saw Kiyose last time out, when he was 121.75lbs for his WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title bout with Joe Tejones. The weight is slightly lighter than his typical weight, with the 21 year old usually weighing in at 117.75lbs, but it is around what we'd expect of the youngster.
Surprisingly Oleydong was well over the limit on his first attempt. When he first jumped on the scales the Thai was 119.27lbs, though managed to lose the additional weight. At the weigh he looked fleshy and seemed unwilling to really stand and talk to the press there, with some suspicion that he's actually made a huge mistake making weight, something we hadn't expected from a fighter fighting in their 70th professional bout.
Interestingly, despite being the lighter man, Kiyose looked the naturally bigger man, and clearly has several inches of height advantage over the much more experienced Thai fighter.
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Earlier today it was announced that 21 year old Japanese hopeful Tenta Kiyose (14-2-1,6) [清瀬天太] would be returning to the ring on July 21st, to battle against former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (67-1-1, 28) [โอเล่ห์ดง ศักดิ์เสมอชัย] in a 10 round Bantamweight bout.
Of the two men it's Oleydong who is the more well known, by far. The Thai debuted back in 2002 and roose through the ranks quickly, winning the WBC Youth and WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight titles in his third professional bout. In 2007 he beat Omar Soto in a WBC world title eliminator and would then go on to beat Eagle Den Junlaphan for the WBC title a few months later. His reign as the WBC champion saw him record 6 world title defenses, including wins over Muhammad Rachman, Juan Palacios and Pornsawan Porpramook, twice. After compiling a 35-0-1 (13) record Oleydong would travel to Japan and take on a then 6-0 (4) Kazuto Ioka, who stopped the Thai in 5 rounds to claim his first professional title.
Since losing the WBC title Oelydong has gone 32-0, though has faced only a handful of fighters of any note, including Mark Anthony Geraldo, Jason Canoy, Hayato Kimura and Hiroyuki Kudaka, with his last win of note being the Kudaka win back in late 2012. It seemed like his team were going to be guiding him to a second world title fight but his career has seriously tailed off over the last 5 years.
Kiyose on the other hand debuted in 2013 and was the runner up in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year, losing to Matcha Nakagawa in the final. The loss to Nakagawa was Kiyose's second loss and saw his record slip to 7-2-1 (1), since then however he has impressed, going 7-0 (5) and scoring notable wins over Shun Ishibashi, Ryuta Otsuka and Joe Tejones, with the win over Tejones leading Kiyose to become the new WBC Youth Super Bantamweight champion.
This is a huge step up in class for Kiyose, and a chance to Oleydong to prove there is still life left in his 32 year old legs. The bout should be a really good one, with both men fancying their chances, and the winner will likely open the door to some pretty good fights down the line.
Back in September we saw the US debut of WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥], who toyed with Antonio Nieves (17-2-2, 9). Following that bout it was hoped by his team, at the Ohahsi gym, that they would be able to secure a unification bout for late December against IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18).
Sadly Ancajas has different plans and will instead defend his title in Belfast against the exciting, and unbeaten, Jamie Conlan (19-0, 11). As a result it's left Inoue in a bit of a frustrating position, as a lot of the top contenders with the WBO at 115lbs are now booked in other bouts, and the champions are all currently occupiued themselves.
Today Mr Ohashi held a press conference to talk about Inoue's future and stated that his next bout would be a normal defense of the title, but that he was having issues getting an opponent for his champion, with many top fighters already having fights set between now and the end of the year.
The WBO rankings have Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25) ranked #1, but he's going the route of the WBC of which he has a mandatory title fight, at #2 they have Rex Tso (21-0, 13) [曹星如], who turned down the chance to face Inoue earlier in the year and will face former Inoue victim Kohei Kono (33-10-1, 14) [河野 公平] in October. In the #3 position is Conlan, who as mentioned will face Ancajas.
A planned bout with Roman Gonzalez (46-2, 38) has been the dream bout for Inoue and Ohashi, but the shine got taken off that bout with Gonzalez suffering back to back losses to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], who is mandated to defend against Estrada.
With so many top divisional challengers out of the mix it does seem like Ohashi will need to pull a rabbit out of the hat to get Inoue a genuinely interesting opponent. However there are options out there, and the WBO rankings do show some interesting names for Inoue. They include the big punching Aston Palicte (23-2, 19), who is ranked #4 in the latest rankings, former Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (66-1-1, 27) is ranked #6 and is known in Japan for for wins over Eagle Den Junlaphan, Junichi Ebisuoka, Yasutaka Kuroki and of course his sole loss to Kazuto Ioka, and former WBC champion Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27) is ranked #10 and would be a plausible foe for Inoue, despite recent losses to Gonzalez and Estrada.
It could also be a case that Ohash will look outside of the top WBO top 15 Super Flyweights, and and potentially make an offer to a fighter like Francisco Rodriguez Jr (24-4-1,16), who is #3 ranked at Flyweight, who is known for his exploits in the lower weights and has got some name value, especially with Japanese fans who will fondly remember his bout with Katsunari Takayama.
At the moment Ohashi is said to be looking at his options for Inoue's ring return, though a decision has clearly not yet been made in regards to his opponent.
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TV details for Knockout CP Freshmart Vs Carlos Buitrago II announced! Big names to feature on undercard!
On Monday in Thailand the media had the opportunity to attend a press conference to officially announce the WBA Minimumweight title bout between Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Carlos Buitrago (28-1-1-1, 16).
The announcement included details in regards to the TV coverage, which we now know will be live from 13:45 local on Channel 7, on February 4th with the broadcast to last for 3 hours.
The announcement also confirmed that the bout would be for the "regular" version of the WBA title, upgrading the belt from the "interim" title that Knockout won when he faced Buitrago for the first time, back in October 2014.
The announcement also revealed that the under-card would feature several other notable fighters. We believe they will including Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (37-3, 23) [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who we believe could be in a regional title fight at 115lbs, Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (47-2, 29) [พนมรุ้งเล็ก ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Oleydong Sithsamerchai (58-1-1, 23) [โอเล่ห์ดง ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท].
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