Today in Japan fans get the chance to see a notable card in Tokyo, headlined by three world title bouts. Prior to the main event the fans had several under-card bouts to sit through, including one featuring Japanese domestic contender Yusaku Kuga (12-2-1, 8) [久我 勇作] who battled Thai visitor Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-6, 8).
The bout, Kuga's first since losing in a Japanese title fight to Yasutaka Ishimoto late last year, saw the two men engage in a fun to watch bout.
The fight started carefully, with Kuga using his better boxing to control the distance with his jab. Before long however the bout turned into a fight with round 2 seeing both men really go for it with some heavy leather being thrown both ways, though in fairness much of it failed to connect. In round 3 the leather continued to be thrown, though this time it was beginning to connect with the bout quickly becoming a war.
Sadly for the visitor having a war with Kuga proved to be a foolish move, and in round 5 he was dropped, before being stopped by a follow up attack from the Japanese fighter.
For Kuga the win is a great "bounce back" victory, however for Sukkasem this was a 4th straight loss, and third by stoppage, leaving him looking down the barrel so to speak. Worryingly he was stopped quicker here, than he was by both Ik Yang, who took 8 rounds, and Mark Magsayo, who took 37 seconds longer than Kuga.
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