Earlier this year we saw Jung Kyoung Lee (7-3-1, 3) [이중경] lose the OPBF Light Middleweight title against Japanese veteran Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32) [渡部あきのり], losing the belt in his first defense. Earlier today we were informed about Lee's next bout, and it will also be for a regional title.
The Korean warrior has been confirmed to be on the KBF Rookie of the Year final card, in what will be the main event of the card, and he will be taking on Thai visitor Saddam Kietyongyuth (28-6, 22), aka Narong Bunchan, in a bout for the WBO Oriental Light Middleweight.
The Korean won the OPBF title this past January, when he stopped veteran Samuel Colomban in 7 rounds, securing a 4th straight win in the process. Whilst his reign was a short one, he did show a lot of heart and determination to keep fighting against Watanabe, until he was finally stopped late in round 10.
As for Saddam, the once touted Thai has seen his career blow up in his own face in recent years. He was once 23-0 (18) and looked on the very of big things, but since then he has gone 5-6, with 4 losses in his last 6 bouts and moved from Super Featherweight to Light Middleweight.
Whilst the bout isn't expected to be a huge one, it is great to see Lee coming back and looking to remain in the title mix, despite the rather painful loss to Watanabe in August.
Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese power puncher Keita Obara (17-2-1, 15) [小原 佳太] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title as he scored a 2nd round stoppage of Thai visitor Saddam Kietyongyuth (26-3, 21) [ซัดดัม เรือไวกิ้ง].
Obara started well, using his jab to controlthe range for much of the opening round, though Saddam did have some moments of his own as he looked to press the action and force Obara on to the back foot.
In round 2 Obara picked up his offense and dropped Saddam with a left hook. To his credit the Thai got up but a follow up attack forced the referee to save the Thai, who was taking a beating before the eventual stoppage.
The win for Obara sees him claim his first Welterweight title, and become the latest Japanese fighter to collect the triple crown, winning Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles. Interestingly the win will also push Obara into the WBO Welterweight rankings and could, potentially, help him secure a second world title fight. Fo Saddam the bout was a painful defeat and it's likely his career is now set to fade into relative obscurity.
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Tomorrow in Tokyo Japanese fight fans will be able to see heavy handed Japanese puncher Keita Obara (16-2-1, 14) [小原 佳太] take on Thai visitor Saddam Kietyongyuth (26-2, 21) [ซัดดัม เรือไวกิ้ง] in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, with both men looking at the bout as a great chance to move towards a potential world title fight.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both comfortably made weight.
The taller, naturally bigger, Obara came in at 146.4lb and lookedlike a fighter who was happy to be fighting as a fully fledged Welterweight, having fought much of his career at 140lbs which had often been a struggle for him. Despite being much taller than the Thai he seemed to be wary of his foe and the fact that Saddam is a powerful and strong fighter. Whilst careful about the Thai he is confident that this will be the next step en route to a world title, and he's in clear pursuit of a second wold title fight.
Saddam on the other hand came in at 145.9lbs for the contest, well under the divisional limit. He sounded incredibly confident, stating the bout won't be a long one as he will score a quick KO over Obara, perhaps looking to imitate the performance of Eduard Troyanovsky, who stopped Obara in 2 rounds last year.
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Last year we saw Heavy handed Japanese Keita Obara (16-2-1, 14) [小原 佳太] come up short in a world title bout at 140lbs against Russian banger Eduard Troyanovsky, since then he has fought just once, beating Indonesian Larry Siwu in a bout at Welterweight.
Today saw the announcement of his second bout since that loss, a bout that will see him fight for his first Welterweight title, and see him try to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welteweight title. The opponent for the bout will be hard hitting Thai foe Saddam Kietyongyuth (26-2, 21), aka Narong Boonchan, who has won his last 3 and was once dubbed "Da Bomb". With the bout set to take place on August 10th at the Korakuen Hall as part of a Diamond Glove card, meaning Fuji TV will be involved in the card,
On paper Obara Vs Saddam looks a really good one. Both guys are flawed, but both can seriously bang and neither will be there to make up the numbers, though wecan't help but favour the more tested Obara against the older Thai.
The bout has been added to a card which already included a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout between defending champion Takeshi Inoue (10-0-1, 5) [井上 岳志] and #1 ranked domestic challenger Riku Nagahama (7-0-1, 3) [長濱 陸] and the next bout in the promising career of Shuichiro Yoshino (4-0, 2) [吉野 修一郎], who will likely be looking for a title fight himself by the end of 2017.
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