Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the latest Dangan Card. Although the card was a small one it did feature former world title challenger challenger Kayoko Ebata (10-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子], who was fighting in a stay busy fight against Thai visitor Suda Saknarong (0-3)*.
From the opening seconds Ebata looked in control and although Suda did attempt to fight back she could never keep Ebata honest with the veteran marching in as and when she wanted to. Ebata's pressure repeatedly forced the Thai backwards and it wasn't long under Suda was looking like a woman who was going to end being stopped.
In round 2 Ebata kept up the success and seemed to be slowly breaking down the Thai who was bundled down mid way through the round. The Thai was again pushed down early in round 3 as Ebata began to bully her foe, before unloading heavy shots that has the Thai in genuine trouble. The Thai never got a chance to recover before being dropped from a body shot. To her credit Suda got to her feet but was deducted a point soon afterwards, securing Ebata a 10-7 round.
Suda was down early in round 4, as Ebata hunted a stoppage, and the referee had seen enough saving the visitor from further punishment.
Although the bout wasn't a big one Ebata seems to believe she could get another world title fight before her career is over, and it's likely she could get such a shot in summer.
*Suda's record is also reported at 8-4 (2)
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