By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese flyweight champ Kenji Yoshida (14-9, 5 KOs), 114.25, showed a quite different style in outjabbing Jockeylek Sithsoei (10-10-1, 2 KOs), 108.5, winning a shutout decision (80-74 twice and 80-73) over eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshida, a notorious bull-fighter always boring in from the head, didn’t display his favorite third punch but kept jabbing and outpunching the game but mediocre Thai opponent all night. But Yoshida seemed to have left his usual zip in a dressing room. Japanese #6 feather Retsuri Lee (12-1-1, 7 KOs), 128, overwhelmed stylish Thailander Daochai Sithsoei (9-7-1, 2 KOs), 125.75, had him on the deck twice and halted him at 1:35 of the fifth round in a supporting eight. Daochai, formerly an excellent amateur boxer, failed to become an Olympian out of Thailand, but looked short of necessary durability and power to be successful in the paid ranks. Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.