1963-01-12 Pone Kingpetch w pts 15 Fighting Harada, National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand - WORLD

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1963-01-12 Pone Kingpetch w pts 15 Fighting Harada, National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand - WORLD. Referee: Sang Hiranyalekha. Scorecards: 72-67, 71-67, 69-69. Kingpetch (111¼), despite being handicapped by eye injuries, fought much better than in their previous contest when becoming the first flyweight champion to regain the title on the result. Although Harada (111), also cut up, again made the pace he was counter-punched effectively, eventually giving way to the challenger’s superior boxing. However, there was much controversy surrounding the fight, the Harada camp complaining bitterly that because of the unruly crowd it took their man 25 minutes to get to the ring.

With the prospect of a further fight between the pair imminent, within a month of the contest Harada stated that he would not be looking to enforce the return clause as he was now moving up a weight division. Another defence was eventually announced for Kingpetch, against Hiroyuki Ebihara, but had to be postponed when the champion sustained a hand injury in training. With Kingpetch looking lethargic in training, the overriding reason for the delay was thought to be a matter of him having difficulty in making the weight. Ranked at number three by The Ring magazine, Ebihara had 36 wins from 38 contests on his record, having beaten Tsuyoshi Nakamura (twice), Katsutoshi Aoki, Johnny Jamito, Ray Perez and Chartchai Chionoi.