Reigning Rajadamnern stadium featherweight champion Yodkitsada Yuthachonburi got the opportunity to make his overseas debut on the K’Festa 2 card but was matched with one of the best kickboxers on the planet.
Takeru Segawa is a three time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, having won at 55, 57.5 and 60kgs. Coming from a Karate and then kickboxing background he was always going to be more comfortable at the ruleset than the Muay Thai fighter.
So it proved. Yodkitsada has a typical Muay Thai style and is known primarily for attacking with elbows or throwing knees in the clinch, a style rendered totally ineffective by the K-1 scoring system.
It was apparent from the off that Takeru was the superior kickboxer as he moved around the ring almost effortlessly, firing in fast hand combinations and low kicks in his trademark aggressive style.
By contrast Yodkitsada looked uncomfortable with this style of fighting as he tried to get in and out and do damage without being countered. In the opening round he resisted the impulse to rush in but old habits die hard.
This would ultimately be the cause of Yodkitsada’s downfall in the second round. With 30 seconds remaining he charged forward and landed a one-two which Takeru countered with a perfectly timed right hook.
Yodkitsada was given an eight count but was able to continue. However Takeru was ruthless and attacked with a quick succession of overhand rights that sent him down to the canvas with the referee quickly waving off the fight.
It was not the international debut Yodkitsada would have wanted, but given that he was facing one of the best kickboxers in the world under a completely unfamiliar ruleset, the Rajadamnern champion can still hold his head high.
By stopping a reigning stadium champion Takeru followed in the footsteps of Tenshin Nasukawa, who knocked out Wanchalong PKSaenchaigym last year. But Yotkitsada was always likely to struggle with the ruleset on his kickboxing debut