Published on November 4, 2007
Surat Thani native Denkaosan, 31, boasting a record of 40 wins and one loss, has been indomitable on the regional stage, where he has never lost since 1996. However, it was a different case in the international arena.
Denkaosan's lone career defeat came five years ago, when he suffered a knockout in the eleventh round against the then WBA flyweight champion Eric Morel of Puerto Rico, a result that cast a question mark over his credentials. Despite a strong desire to prove his worth, Denkaosan has approached the fight against Sakata,
four years his junior, with apprehension, with bitter memories from his first crack at the world title still rankling.
Sakata, with a record of 31 wins, 4 losses and one draw under his belt, is a typical Japanese boxer, known for his endurance.
The Japanese has never suffered a knockout defeat.
The fight will be held at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Channel 7 will televise the bout live from midday.