KONO RETAINS WBA 115LB BELT BY LOPSIDED DECISION OVER INTHANON


April 27, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN

Busy-punching Japanese warrior Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, retained his WBA super-flyweight belt by winning a nearly shutout decision over Thailander Inthanon Sithchamuang (43-12-2, 22 KOs), 114.5, over twelve hot frames on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges?Hubert Earle (Canada), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Byunmu Kim (Korea)?tallied 119-106 in favor of the defending champ Kono. In the second title go of the WBA world title tripleheader, Kono, 35, kept on punching and punching the durable Thai challenger, 29, all the way. The champ swept almost all rounds with his workman-like display of consecutive right shots to the southpaw rival, which were effective enough. Kono sent Inthanon, a shorter but tough fighter, to the deck three times?each once in the fourth, fifth and seventh sessions. People expected Kono to finish the affair soon, but Inthanonfs durability and Konofs lack of convincing power enabled the Thailander to last the distance. Kono, who kept his belt against top contender Koki Kameda by a unanimous nod in Chicago, registered his third defense, but Inthanon might be tougher than he had expected.

Watanabe Promotions.

(4-27-2016)


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