By Damrong Simakajornboon
PABA 105lb king Kwanthai Sithmorseng (31-0-1, 17 KOs) became the new WBA minimumweight champion when he won a split decision over WBA#2 and ABCO title holder Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (42-6-2, 18 KOs) on Friday at Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand. This was an exciting bout as both fighters viciously exchanged punches most of the twelve round heat-bout. It seemed Kwanthai being a little better in the first three round as he displayed more accurate counterpunches. The situation was changed from round four when Pigmy speeded his aggression, exchanging toe-to-toe and gaining the scores back with his more effective bodyshots. But the PABA king came back again from round nine, landing his good conbinations to deny Pigmy’s assault and dominating until round eleven. Although the ABCO boss exerted his full attempt in hunting his opponent in round twelve but it was too late to turn the tide. Scored : Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 116-112 and Michael Lee (Korea) 115-114 for Kwanthai while Takeo Harada (Japan) saw 115-114 for Pigmy. Fightnews agreed with the Korean judge.
In other action, PABA#6 light Petchbodin Sithmorseng (7-0,5 KOs) dropped Muhamed Des Afrizal (reportedly 18-7-1) once in round one and twice in round two, scoring a TKO at 1:47 and capturing the vacant PABA lightweight title. Also, Thai flyweight champion Denchailek Tithiphongsakhorn (7-0,5 KOs) destroyed Decky Putra with a right bodyshot in round three of a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Galaxy Boxing Promotion.