Earlier today at Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13) [栗原 慶太] take a huge step towards a world title fight, as he stopped world ranked Thai Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-11, 16), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, in just 2 rounds!
The men both entered the bout with IBF world rankings and on paper the bout looked like a fantastic, match up. In the end however the contest was little more than a mismatch
The opening round saw Sukkasem land a good right hand hand, but in round two a left hook from the Japanese power puncher dropped the Thai. To his credit the Thai got back to his feet, and looked to fight on, but was quickly backed up and found himself on the ropes as Kurihara unloaded, forcing the referee to jump in and stop the bout with the visitor under intense pressure.
With the win Kurihara will almost certainly see himself shooting up the IBF Bantamweight rankings. It seems unlikely that he will rush for a fight with IBF champion Naoya Inoue, but he'll likely be interested in following the title and potentially getting a shot if Inoue vacates the belt in the future.
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Tomorrow in Tokyo OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (14-5, 12) [栗原 慶太] will clash with world ranked Thai veteran Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10, 16), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, in a very good looking non-title bout, over 8 rounds.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for their bout, and both men made the contracted 54KG's, or 119lbs, on their first attempt.
On the scales Kurihara was bang on 119lbs, and looked strong and powerful at the weigh in. Sukkasem on the other hand was lighter, coming in at 118lbs.
Coming in to this bout both men are ranked in the top 10 by the IBF at Bantamweight, and both men know that a win here will give them a huge boost in an attempt to secure a world title bout in 2020.
At the weight in both men seemed confident, with Kurihara being in great form and Sukkasem stating he was going to rely on his experience of previous bouts in Japan.
For fans wanting to watch this, we expect it to be added to the A-Sign youtube channel in the days following the bout.
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Over the last few days OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (14-5, 12) [栗原 慶太] has taken to social media to announce his next contest. It won't be a title bout, but will still be a very, very notable contest as he takes on a world ranked opponent at the Korakuen Hall on November 15th.
The hard hitting Kurihara will be up against Thailand's Sukpraserd Ponpitak (24-10, 16), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, who is ranked #4 by the IBF at Bantawmeight.
For those who haven't seen Kurihara he's an aggressive fighter with a very fun to watch style and is riding a 5 fight winning run following a 2017 loss to Hiroaki Teshigawara. His winning run has seen him stopping the likes of Ryan Lumacad, Kazuki Tanaka and Warlito Parrenas, and beating Yuki Strong Kobayashi, in a controversial and dramatic fight with numerous knockdowns.
The 31 year old Sukkasem is a 10 year veteran who has had middling success at times, but faced a genuine who's who. He had a bad run in 2014 and 2016, suffering 4 straight losses, as he fell to 13-6. Since then he has gone 11-4 with a number of very close losses to the likes of Kazuki Tanaka and Qiu Xiao Jun. His ranking is a hard one to explain, but he did claim the IBF Pan Pacific Bantamweight title last time out with a win over Hamson Lamandau.
At the moment the under-card for the bout hasn't been announced, but we're expecting to see at least one other notable bout on the show, which will be announced in the coming days.
Tickets for this are available straight from Kurihara courtesy of https://keita0110.boxing-ticket.com/
Earlier today fight fans at the legendary Korakuen Hall, as well as those who subscribe to Boxing Raise, were able to see former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle against Thai foe Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-10, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.
On paper this looked like a mismatch in favour of the talented Japanese fighter. He had the better record, was naturally bigger and was more accomplished. In reality however Oguni didn't look good today at all.
The former world champion looked unsure of himself, backing off from the smaller man. Although Oguni did find a home for his jab, with regularity, there wasn't really a lot on it, and it didn't stop the smaller Thai from coming forward, marching his man down. Their was a lack of general success, at times, from Sukkasem, but he was the man trying to make the bout into a fight, and he really had success in rounds 3 and 4.
The Thai's biggest success came in round 4, when he dropped Oguni in what was a rather messy assault. Oguni wasn't hurt, but it did secure the Thai a 10-8 round, at a time when Oguni's shots looked really poor, with his straight right looking like he was just pushing the shot out.
Thankfully for Oguni he did do enough in the second half of the fight, mostly boxing and moving, to rack up the points and take a clear decision against the slower Thai. After 10 rounds Oguni got the decision with scores of 97-92, 97-93 and 96-93, though he really didn't look like a former world champion.
Despite the win this wasn't a performance that will worry any of the top Super Bantamweights and it's clear that Oguni is a long way from fighting the likes of Danny Roman, Rey Vargas, Emanuel Navarrete or Tomoki Kameda. As for Sukkasem this was another credible performance on the road and we wouldn't be surprised to see him back in a Japanese ring later this year.
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Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see former IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Yukinori Oguni (20-2-1, 8) [小國以載] battle against IBF top 10 ranked Bantamweight Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight.
At the weigh in Oguni looked the much bigger man, and that was shown in his weight. He was bang on the 122lb limit, and he looked big and strong at the weight. The Thai on the other hand was 121lb. Despite only being 1lb lighter the Thai looked significantly smaller, both in terms of height and natural size, and will clearly go into the bout as the under-dog.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available on demand on the Boxing Raise service.
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