Denkaosan loss likely ends career

Denkaosan loss likely ends career

TOKYO: Japan's Kohei Kono stopped Denkaosan Kaovichit in the eighth round Wednesday night to win the vacant WBA super-flyweight title.

Kohei Kono lands a punch on his way to defeating Denkaosan Kaovichit for the WBA super-flyweight title Wednesday. The storied Denkaosan, seen (right) after winning the WBA flyweight belt in 2009, probably will retire. (Photos by AFP, AP)

The loss is likely to end the career of the 37-year-old Thai who is now 62-4-1 with 26 KOs.

The fight was close in the first three rounds as both were cautious.

Denkaosan suffered an eight count in the fourth round and then tried to throw everything at the Japanese in the next three rounds.

However, Kono sent Denkaosan to the floor in the eighth round with a thunderous left prompting the referee to end the contest.

The 33-year-old Kono's record improves to 30-8-0 with 12KOs.

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao is taking extra motivation from taunts by unbeaten Tim Bradley that the Filipino boxing icon has lost the hunger and killer instinct he once displayed with great passion.

"The more he says that, the more he inspires me to show the hunger and killer instinct he's talking about,"

Pacquiao said. "It's good for me but not for him I think."

Pacquiao, 55-5-2 with 38KOs, will fight Bradley, 31-0-0 with 12KOs, for the American's WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas on April 12.

The fight will be a rematch of a controversial Bradley victory by split decision in June of 2012 in which all three judges scored the fight 115-113, two of them for Bradley in what was seen as a robbery from Pacquaio.

"I'm not angry or disappointed at what he told me. I'm happy he told me that," Pacquiao said. "It inspired me to train harder and focus on the fight. It will benefit me." 

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