Kohei Kono vs. Inthanon Sithchamuang Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/27/16
Inthanon Sithchamuang vs. Kohei Kono
Boxing: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3:00 am (Ota-City General Gymnasium)
The Line: Kohei Kono -5000 / Inthanon Sithchamuang +2000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Kohei Kono and Inthanon Sithchamuang fight Wednesday at the Ota-City General Gymnasium for the WBA super-flyweight title.
Kohei Kono enters this fight with a 31-8-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Kono has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off an October win over Kōki Kameda. Kono is a smart boxer with an above-average defense and a proven chin. Kono has never been knocked out throughout his career and a lot of his eight losses have been controversial. Kono rarely gets outboxed and while he doesn’t have a ton of power, he’s a proven fighter who simply knows how to win rounds. The concern with Kono is that he can sometimes be a little too passive with his offense and doesn’t have a killer instinct, which is why some of his fights have been tough to judge. Kono has fought all but one of his fights in Japan, his home country.
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Inthanon Sithchamuang enters this fight with a 28-7-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. Sithchamuang has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November win over Ichal Tobida. Sithchamuang is an aggressive fighter who likes to control the pace and put pressure on his opponent. Sithchamuang throws a lot of punches and clearly has knockout power, as four of his last five wins have come by stoppage. Sithchamuang has quick hands and decent head movement as well. The concern with Sithchamuang is that he hasn’t fought anyone as talented or experienced as Kono, making many think he’s over his head in this one. This will be Sithchamuang’s third fight in Japan.
There’s value with Sithchamuang if you think he can land some big shots, as he’s the one with the knockout power in this bout. However, overall, Kono is easily the better boxer, is smarter and has the better defense. Kono won’t come into this fight with a risky game plan against the powerful Sithchamuang.
I like Kono to get yet another victory on his home soil.