By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) barely captured the WBA interim minimumweight title as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBA#2 Jesus Silvestre (23-3,17 KOs) on Monday at the Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. This was a significant fight of a Thai prospect who grabbed the PABA Flyweight title in October 2009, then moved down to Lightflyweight which he won both PABA/WBO Asia-Pacific 108lb titles, and finally surprisingly moved down again to Minimumweight which he is now the PABA title holder.
After a close affair in the first two round, Paipharob did better from round three to round six as he aggressively hunted his foe, landing many left straights and right hooks to the Mexican’s face. Silvestre also suffered a cut at his left eyebrow from a right hook in round three.
The situation from round seven turned to a close affair again when Mexican fighter began stalking the Thai fighter who still displayed accurate counterpunches. However, the Thailander looked fatigued from his weight control before the fight, so the show turned to Silvestre from round ten as he speeded his assault, revenged the PABA boss by opening a cut at his left eyebrow in round eleven and displayed one-side attack which almost dropped the local fighter in the final round. Scored : Roberto Ramirez Jr. (Puerto Rico) 116-112, Carlos Sucre (venezuela) 115-113, Wan-Soo Yuh (Korea) 115-114.
In others action, former WBA#1 lightfly Wisanu Kokietgym (39-8-2,12 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Sammy Hagler (15-6-2,3 KOs) to capture the vacant PABA lightfly title. Also, ABCO lightflyweight title holder Saenmuangloei Kokietgym (11-3-2,2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Indonesian Louis Loemoli in a six round non-title bout.
This event was promoted by Kokiet Panichayarom of Kokiet Group Promotion.