1962-10-10 Fighting Harada w co 11 (15) Pone Kingpetch, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD

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1962-10-10 Fighting Harada w co 11 (15) Pone Kingpetch, Kuramae Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD. Referee: Sang Hiranyalekha. With Harada ranked at number ten, the WBA approved the bout under certain conditions, one of them being if he won he would have to defend in Bangkok, Thailand within 90 days. Although he had beaten Kyo Noguchi and Hiroyuki Ebihara, the inexperienced Harada had recently lost his unbeaten record to Edmundo Esparza (Mexico) and was not expected to cause an upset. However, Harada (111¾) was just too relentless for Kingpetch (112), who was counted out at 2.59 of the 11th round after being hit by a stream of punches to head and body. Kingpetch, badly cut over the left eye in the fifth, tried hard but was constantly under pressure as he was driven to the ropes. He also lacked a powerful enough punch to get out of trouble. On winning, Harada became the youngest ever flyweight champion, at 19 years of age, but had never fought outside Japan.