Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kono Stops Kaovichit In Eight, Regains 115 Lb. Belt

Kohei Kono put in a composed performance to take out Denkaosan Kaovichit with an eighth round KO and claim his WBA Super Flyweight Title in front of the Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Wednesday night.

Denkaosan took the middle of the ring in the opening round and stood his ground as Kono looked to circle out and use more footwork, but in the closing stages the Thai veteran was able to trap him in the corner and fire off a couple of hard body shows.

In the second round, Denkaosan set his stall out to attack and succeeded in driving Kono back. The Japanese fighter was struggling to find either range or rhythm but a stiff jab found its mark and stopped the interim champion in his tracks, the most effective shot landed in the early exchanges.

In the third, Kono looked distinctly uncomfortable and complained to the referee about his opponent’s use of the head as Denkaosan continued to apply pressure. The pattern continued early in the fourth as the Japanese fighter was unceremoniously manhandled to the ground at the start of the round.

Kono was briefly dragged into exchanging on the inside where he was able to hold his own, but Denkaosan was doing a good job of closing the distance and roughing the Japanese fighter up although he would soon pay the price for his unbridled aggression and lack of defensive awareness.

The Thai fighter attempted to land a huge right haymaker but it was telegraphed and Kono countered with a perfectly timed short right hook that dropped Denkaosan face down on the canvas. He was clearly stunned and took his time to recover but still finished the fourth on the front foot.

In the fifth, Denkaosan continued pressing forward, planting his feet, gritting his teeth and throwing power shots to the body and head as Kono patiently waited for an opening but struggled to find suitable opportunities to counter his indefatigable opponent.  

The contrast between the calibre of these two boxers was never more clear than in the sixth as Denkaosan stuck to his tried and trusted strategy of charging forwards and trying to rough up Kono but was picked apart with jabs and crosses which consistently snapped his head back.

In the seventh Kono seemed to take a breather and made no attempt to capitalize when Denkaosan began to back off for the first time, the Japanese fighter content simply to control the fight without actually attempting to land any meaningful combinations.

Any concerns that Kono might pay the price for allowing Denkaosan to outwork him for long periods of the fight were swiftly dispelled at the start of the eighth round when he landed a straight right hand with such ease it appeared almost effortless, knocking the 37 year old Thai fighter out for only the third time in his 18 year career.

It was a brave effort from Denkaosan but he was ultimately outclassed by the more accurate Kono and failed in his attempt to become the fully fledged WBA 115 lbs champion, after winning the interim title with a majority decision win over Nobuo Nashiro last year.

Kono succeeded in reclaiming the same title he lost last year, after dropping a majority decision to Liborio Solis, and improved to 30-8. According to the Japanese media a match with WBA 118 lbs champion Koki Kameda is already in the making.

At the age of 37 this could be the end of the road for Denkaosan who is 62-4 and has been competing as a professional since 1996. This was his fifth world title fight in Japan and he has won two, lost two and drawn one of those bouts.
Tags: Kohei Kono image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigcursedawg on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=JakeNDaBox;14365090]Kohei Kono put in a composed performance to take out Denkaosan Kaovichit with an eighth round KO and claim his WBA Super Flyweight Title in front of the Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Wednesday night. [[URL=http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=76036]Click…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Bradley: There Are Levels; Vargas Will Find Out Against Pacquiao Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov Set For October 22 Adrien Broner vs. Ricky Burns Nearly Finalized For December Roach is Concerned: Pacquiao Looks Tired, Sluggish in Sparring WBC Warns Boxers About Dangers of Consuming Energy Drinks Orlando Cruz: I Won't Rest Until I'm First Gay World Champion! Sanchez: If GGG Breaks Hopkins' Record, Mayweather May Come Chocolatito Drops 112 WBC Belt, Hernandez-Nawaphon Ordered Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura Finalized, Dec. 17 on HBO Photos: Mike Lee, Chris Traietti - Ready For Chicago Showdown Jorge Linares Update on Hand Injury, Crolla Rematch Clause Petrov vs. Perez WBA Title Eliminator - Photos, Weights Juanma Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Pushed Back To Oct. 29 Erick De Leon vs. Aldimar Santos, Oct. 28 on UniMas Eddie Hearn Shakes His Head at Lee Selby's Inactivity Adam Lopez vs. Carlos Valcarcel on November 12 in Philadelphia Photo: Victor Ortiz Mugshot Released For DUI Arrest Callum Smith-Luke Blackledge British Title Clash In Play, Nov. 26 Pacquiao Admits Past Drug Use, Backs Prez's Tough Stance UK News: Kassem vs. Murray, Leather Twins, BoxNation Update Artur Beterbiev vs. Isidro Ranoni Prieto Set For December 23 Calzaghe Backing Cleverly To Unseat Braehmer For The Title Dimitrenko: Parker is Looking Past Me, He's Focused on Joshua Terry Flanagan - In-Depth on Crolla, Verdejo, Return, What's Next WBA Prez: We've Asked "Twice" For Tyson Fury's Medical Report! Mikey Garcia Eyes Dejan Zlaticanin Bout in November, December Frank Warren Reacts To Eddie Hearn: Tyson Fury is NOT Done! Hanzel Martinez Vows To Stop Ruiz Inside The Distance Johnny Nelson: Parker is at The Same Level as Anthony Joshua Golovkin's Coach: Jacobs Beat Cancer, He's Not Scared of GGG Eddie Hearn: Joshua-Klitschko Not Done, Negotiations Ongoing UK News: Skeete vs. Singleton, Liam Williams, Osman, More Cotto Could Be in Line For WBO Shot - When Canelo Goes To 160 Cleverly: Braehmer Fight Has Been Five Years in The Making Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua? Yes, Please. Photo: Canelo Alvarez, With Splint, is Back To Putting in Work Victor Ortiz Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Joseph Parker Avoids Social Media as Fight Rumors Swirl Walters Warns Lomachenko: Remember Donaire? I Want a KO! Milan Melindo vs. Fahlan Sakkreerin, IBF Interim on November 26
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement