By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Nakornloung Boxing Promotion
WBC#8 and ABCO 115lb champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (19-3-1,18 KOs) impressively captured the WBC superfly crown when he scored an eighth round TKO over the now former champion Yota Sato (26-3-1,13 KOs) on friday at Khonmuangsri Boxing Stadium in Sisaket Province, Thailand.
The WBC ring officials were as follows; Referee: Guido Cavalleri (Italy), Judges: Jesse Reyes (Texas), Jose Juan Guerra (Mexico) and John McKaie (New York). The WBC supervisor was Mr. Alberto Leon (New Mexico). This was an impressive victory of the new Thai hero who exceeded the expectations of the crowd and others except his teamwork “Nakornloung,” as it was his first world title shot against a much more experienced Japanese warrior.
Srisaket started well when he pressured the champion with his aggression, landing more accurate punches and dominating in the opening round. The situation in round two looked so close as Sato, 171cm height, could troubled the 160cm Thai aggressor with his counter-attack tactic. Although the challenger landed more punches but Sato might has gained the score because of his excellent counterpunches. From round three to four, the ABCO champion speeded his aggression to get closer, forcing the Japanese to exchange toe-to-toe. This action belonged to the challenger who took advantage by landing plenty of vicious bodyshots which little by little weakened the 11cm-taller champion. Scoring after round four preferred the Thai challenger, leading on 39-37,39-37,40-36 scorecards.
In round five, the local hero looked more confident, displaying vicious combinations during toe-to-toe action and continuously gaining the score. But Japanese champion never surrendered, coming back to gain the score back in round six when he displayed more accurate counterpunches on Thai fighter who decelerated after a toe-to-toe action during the late 3 rounds. In round seven, Srisaket accelerated his assault again, exchanging toe-to-toe and mostly displaying one-side attack during the last minute on the champion who proved his fighting spirite and never fell down although he looked exhausted which may caused by his weight control. Finally, it was referee Guido Cavalleri who saved the now former champion from the punishment by Thailander at 1:23 of round eight.
Srisaket became the 47th Thai boxer who win a world professional boxing title (counting only WBC,WBA,WBO and IBF). With Sirsaket’s victory today, Thailand reappear “the land of world boxing champion” again after two-month extinction since Pungluang Sor Singyu lost his WBO 118lb title to Paulus Ambunda on March 2 in Namibia.
In other action, former WBC 115lb king, current WBC#3 superfly Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (26-5-1,10 KOs) excitingly exchanged punches with GAB#10 feather Jilo Merlin before he scored a unanimous decision over the Filipino in a ten-round heat and close-affair bout.
WBC#18 flyweight Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (14-0,11 KOs) destroyed ABCO#10 flyweight Rodel Tejares (20-27-4) with a right bodyshot, scoring a KO at 1:13 of round two.
WBC#12 bantam Yodchanchai Nakornloung (20-3,16 KOs) easily won a six round unanimous decision over Yodpichai Sithsaithong (reportedly 9-11).
ABCO#2 superfeather Chaiyong Sithsaithong (30-10-3,21 KOs) won all 39-37 unanimous decision over Chinese You-Jie Zeng.
This event was promoted by Thainchai Pisitwuttinan of Nakornloung Boxing Pomotion.