Naito ready for May comeback

Kyodo News

Daisuke Naito will fight his first bout since surrendering his WBC flyweight crown to Koki Kameda against Thai boxer Suriyan Por Chokchai in May, his gym said Monday.

Naito, who lost to Kameda by unanimous decision in his sixth defense of the title last November, will take on Suriyan at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on May 9.

The 21-year-old Suriyan holds a record of 13 wins, three of them knockouts, against four losses.

“I just have to make sure I win,” said Naito, who has his sights set on a match against the winner of Saturday’s bout between Kameda and interim champion Pongsaklek Wonjogkam of Thailand.

“Unless I win that won’t happen,” said Naito, who vowed to continue his career in January, saying he wanted another crack at Kameda.

After his loss to Kameda, Naito dropped to 35-3-3 (22 KOs).

“I still think I can beat him so I’ve decided to carry on. That is my motivation. If I lose to him next time, then I’ll quit straight away,” he said in January.