Thai 140 lbs prospect Downua Ruabaikhaimook or Apinun Khongsong in his real name who is a current IBF Pan Pacific Jr. Welterweight title holder and IBF#6 got a mandatory shot after winning over Akihiro Kondo IBF#4 and former WBO Asia-Pacific champion of Japan by an impressive right uppercut and one punch KO in round 5 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on early night of February 18.
Downau who is taller and younger than his foe nearly 11 years use his effective right jabs and left hooks to destroy the Japanese fighter since the opening round. But the 33-year old fight from Saitama tried to connect good punches by his aggressive style against Thai boxer but Downau landed more the effective punches than Kondo who had nose bleeding in round 4. But 2 judges wrote down 38-38 in the score cards And another judge gave 39-37 for Thai.
This game was stopped after Downau landed his big right uppercut to Kondo’s chin in early round 5. Kondo collapsed on his back suddenly but he tried to stand up again but lost of good responses therefore the referee call off this fight after 10 count at 1:47 mins of this round. The Thailander will be upgraded to No. 1 contender of IBF Jr. Welterweight division in next ranking and become a mandatory challenger of Ivan Baranchyk of Belarus. Downau’s record is 15 win (12KO) and remains undefeated fighter.
Long time ago our country have a hard hitting legendary fighter in 140 lbs division Saensak Muangsurin or Boonsong Mansri in his real name. He captured WBC world Super Lightweight title in his 3rd professional fight (all KO wins) and set a new world record. Even if in this era the Ukrainian Vasiliy Lomachenko could take his first world title in his 3rd professional fight too but he had 1 lost in his 2nd fight. Now all Thai fans hope Downau will become our new world champion in the near future.