By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC #6 super lightweight Prawet Singwancha (38-3-2, 23 KOs) impressively kept his WBC international 140 lb crown as he stopped the Philippines 140 lb champion Eusebio Baluarte (15-2, 9 KOs) in round five on Friday at the municipality of Thaima in Nonthaburi, Thailand. This was an exciting bout as both fighters have quite good performances on their boxing careers. Prawet, also ranked #14 by the WBA, had challenged for the WBA 135 lb title two times drawing with Jose Miguel Cotto in May 11, 2007 and losing a split decision to Jose Alfaro in December 29, 2007. Baluarte, a former WBO Asia-Pacific youth 140 lb title holder and ranked in the top-15 by the WBO, is now the GAB 140 lb champion who has scored six KOs in his last seven consecutive wins.
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It seemed that Baluarte looked a little better in the first two rounds as he surprisingly assaulted the defending Thailander with his vicious combinations. The show little by little turned to experienced Prawet from round three when he exchanged toe-to-toe with the Filipino and dominated with his more accurate punches. Unexpectedly, the action rapidly ended when the Thai fighter landed a big right uppercut that dropped his opponent at the early of round five, then he repeated his vicious uppercut again which destroyed his foe for a full ten-count at 1:27.
In other action, two-time WBO title challenger, current WBO #2/WBC #10/WBA #13 super featherweight Terdsak Jandaeng (38-3-1, 25 KOs) displayed his aggression before he easily stopped Indonesian Stevie Ferdinandus in round four.
Former WBA 108 lb title challenger Nethra Sasiprapa (19-1, 7 KOs) came back after his 28-month lay off, destroying Indonesian Rino Ukru in the opening round. Suornoi Sor Tanapinyo stopped Palangpol Sithsaithong in round four. And Theppayuth Kokietgym stopped Prabsuk Orpuenruompol in the opening round. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.