December 4, 1978
Bang Mun Nak District, Phichit Province, Thailand
|Native name||อีเกิ้ล อากากูร่า|
|Height||1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 lb (44 kg; 7.0 st)|
|Reach||157 cm (61.8 in)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
Den Junlaphan a.k.a. Eagle Kyowa (Thai: อีเกิ้ล อากากูร่า; born, December 4, 1978 in Bang Mun Nak District, Phichit province, Thailand) is a professional boxer in the strawweight (105 lb) division. He won the WBC strawweight title on January 10, 2004, by defeating José Antonio Aguirre but lost it to Isaac Bustos in his second title defense, due to a shoulder injury. On August 6, 2005, in his first match back from the injury, Kyowa fought again for the WBC strawweight title against Katsunari Takayama. He regained the title by a unanimous decision victory. Junlaphan defended the title four times before losing it again on November 27, 2007 against Oleydong Sithsamerchai.
Eagle Den Janlaphan was born as the eight of nine children in Phichit, Thailand. He entered Thammasat University at the age of 16, and began boxing, making his amateur debut in 1995. He turned pro, and made his professional debut in January, 2000, in Bangkok, Thailand. He transferred to the Kadoebi Houseki Gym in Tokyo, Japan, and made his Japanese debut in August, 2001 as "Eagle Okuda", winning by first-round knockout. He won the WBC Minimumweight title in January, 2004, beating Jose Antonio Aguirre by decision. He made his first defense in May of the same year, but lost his second defense in December, 2004 against Isaac Bustos. The fight was stopped in the 4th round due to a shoulder injury by Kyowa. He made his return in August, 2005, against Katsunari Takayama, who had beaten Bustos to win the WBC Minimumweight title. Kyowa won by decision, regaining his title.
On January 9, 2006, he defeated Ken Nakajima (14-2-0) by 7th round tko. On May 6, 2006, he defeated future light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol (22-0) by a 12-round unanimous decision. In his next bout, he almost lost his title to journeyman Lorenzo Trejo in November, 2006. Kyowa dropped Trejo in the 3rd round, but was knocked down twice in the 6th. All three judges awarded Kyowa the decision by one point, and Kyowa won a close third title defense (fourth total).
He met Akira Yaegashi, the WBC's 6th ranked contender, on June 4, 2007 in Yokohama, Japan, for his fourth defense (fifth total). Kyowa dominated the young challenger from the first round to make his fourth straight defense by unanimous decision. He lost a point for an accidental head-butt in the 2nd round, but knocked down Yaegashi in the 10th round to secure his victory. All three judges awarded him the win by over ten points. This fight also utilized the open scoring approved by the World Boxing Council. Every four rounds, they would announce the official scoring of the fight. The Japan Boxing Commission is one of the few organizations that has used the WBC's open scoring feature thus far.
On November 29, 2007, Kyowa lost his title to fellow Thai boxer Oleydong Sithsamerchai (24-0-0) by unanimous decision.
- He has a Japanese wife, whom he married in Thailand in 2000. He has two children, born in 2003 and 2004. His wife is a former kickboxer.
- He has changed his ring name several times, making his amateur and professional debut with different ring names, and making his Japanese debut as "Eagle Okuda" (イーグル奥田). He changed his ring name to "Eagle Akakura" (イーグル赤倉) after his sponsor in 2003, and finally to "Eagle Kyowa," after the Kyowa buildings company became his sponsor. However, Kyowa went out of business after being investigated over a yakuza connection, forcing Kyowa to change his ring name again to his birth name, Den Janlaphan.
- He decided he wanted to become a boxer after seeing legendary Thai fighter Khaosai Galaxy on TV.
- During his childhood, he did not have any money to pay for a ferry ride, and swam across a river to get to school.
- He has challenged Japanese boxer Koki Kameda several times, but Kameda's management has never acknowledged Kyowa's calls, and it is unlikely that the two will ever fight.
Professional boxing record
|20 fights; 18 wins (6 knockouts, 12 decisions), 2 losses|
|Loss||18–2||Oleydong Sithsamerchai||UD||12||2007-11-29||Bangkok, Thailand||Lost WBC minimumweight title.|
|Win||18–1||Akira Yaegashi||UD||12||2007-06-04||Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||Retained WBC minimumweight title.|
|Win||17–1||Lorenzo Trejo||UD||12||2006-11-13||Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–1||Rodel Mayol||UD||12||2006-05-06||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–1||Ken Nakajima||TKO||7 (12), 1:01||2006-01-09||Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture|
|Win||14–1||Katsunari Takayama||UD||12||2005-08-06||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBC minimumweight title.|
|Loss||13–1||Isaac Bustos||TKO||4 (12), 0:39||2004-12-18||Lost WBC minimumweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Satoshi Kogumazaka||TD||8 (12), 2:24||2004-06-28||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||Retained WBC minimumweight title.|
|Win||12–0||José Antonio Aguirre||UD||12||2004-01-10||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBC minimumweight title.|
|Win||10–0||Fabio Marfa||RTD||8 (10), 3:00||2003-02-10|
|Win||9–0||Noel Tunacao||UD||10||2002-08-26||Saitama Super Arena, Saitama City, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Jang Min-Soo||UD||10||2002-06-01||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–0||Nico Thomas||KO||3 (8), 0:56||2002-01-05|
|Win||6–0||Tsutomu Oshigane||KO||1 (6), 2:30||2001-08-04|
|Win||5–0||Namchai Ratanachaigym||PTS||10||2001-03-24||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Win||4–0||Phises Vor Surapol||PTS||6||2000-06-21|
|Win||2–0||Somsri Worwutnan||KO||4 (6)||2000-02-16|
|Win||1–0||Saming Porkungpaorachada||KO||2 (6)||2000-01-19||Professional debut.|
Notes and references
- List of current world boxing champions
- List of WBC world champions
- List of Japanese boxing world champions
- Boxing in Japan
José Antonio Aguirre
|Strawweight boxing champion (WBC)
January 10, 2004 – December 18, 2004
|Strawweight boxing champion (WBC)
August 6, 2005 – November 29, 2007