Patient and persistent Japanese Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant WBA super-flyweight belt as he chalked up a fine KO victory over interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-4-1, 26 KOs), 113.75, from Thailand, at 0:50 of the eighth round in an elimination bout on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Kono made good use of footwork to avert Denkaosen’s opening attack and occasionally scored with long rights to the face. The fourth saw Kono connect with a countering right, dropping the 37-year-old Thailander with good damage. Denkaosen came back hard to dominate the fifth and sixth rounds, but a trick happened early in round eight. Kono’s very well-timed right exploded at the face of Denkaosen, who fell face down until the referee Raul Caiz Sr. completed a fatal ten. The packed-house crowd at the Korakuen Hall celebrated his finest coronation.