Back in October we reported that former world title contender Riku Kano (10-2-1, 5) [加納陸] would be returning on December 11th to have a rematch with Thai veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (59-9-2, 23) [ปิ๊กมี่ ปูนอินทรียิม], in what would be Kano's first bout since he lost in a WBO world title bout back in August to Katsunari Takayama. Sadly however Kano has had a change of opponent and it's a really disappointign once.
Pigmy is out of the bout and has been replaced by the limited Thoedkiad Weerachon (0-5)*, who has been stopped in 5 previous bouts in Japan over the last 4, or so years, including a stoppage to the then 1-0 Yuki Yonaha and a stoppage to the current OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuya Yamanaka.
Although boxrec haven't recorded anything but losses for Thoedkiad Japanese sources report that he is actually 15-9-2 (3), a still disappointing record but one that is better than the one listed on boxrec.com
We've not been given the reason for the chance of opponent but unfortunately it does no one any favours with Kano not really being tested on his ring return, fans not being given an even semi interesting contest and Theodkiad being given more than another quick pasting.
Although we'd forgive Kano for having an easy ring return following the set back to Takayama this really is too much of a step backwards and we hope it's just a one off for Kano who has a lot of potential that he needs to build on, and fights like this won't help him develop his skills in the way he should be developing them.
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