Eagle Kyowa

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Eagle Kyowa
อีเกิ้ล อากากูร่า
Born Den Junlaphan
(เด่น จุลพันธ์)
(1978-12-04) December 4, 1978 (age 38)
Bang Mun Nak District, Phichit Province, Thailand
Native name อีเกิ้ล อากากูร่า
Other names Eagle
Nationality Thailand Thailand
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 98 lb (44 kg; 7.0 st)
Reach 157 cm (61.8 in)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Years active 2000–2007
Professional boxing record
Total 20
Wins 18
By knockout 6
Losses 2
By knockout 1
Other information
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[1] but lost it to Isaac Bustos in his second title defense, due to a shoulder injury.[1] On August 6, 2005, in his first match back from the injury, Kyowa fought again for the WBC strawweight title against Katsunari Takayama.[1] He regained the title by a unanimous decision victory.[1] Junlaphan defended the title four times before losing it again on November 27, 2007 against Oleydong Sithsamerchai.[1]


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[edit]

20 fights; 18 wins (6 knockouts, 12 decisions), 2 losses
Res. Record Opponent Type Round, Time Date Location Notes
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 11–0 Elmer Gejon UD 8 2003-06-07
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 3–0 Prabpram Porpreecha PTS 6 2000-03-15
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[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e BoxRec.com editors. "Eagle Kyowa." BoxRec.com. URL accessed 13 July 2006.

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Preceded by
José Antonio Aguirre
Strawweight boxing champion (WBC)
January 10, 2004 – December 18, 2004
Succeeded by
Isaac Bustos
Preceded by
Katsunari Takayama
Strawweight boxing champion (WBC)
August 6, 2005 – November 29, 2007
Succeeded by
Oleydong Sithsamerchai