By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Nakornluang Boxing Promotion and Tom S2K magazine
WBC Asian flyweight title holder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (19-5-1,7 KOs) successfully captured the WBC super flyweight title as he won a unanimous decision over the now former champion Tomas Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KOs) on Friday at Khonmuangsri Stadium in Srisaket, Thailand. Scored: Burt A. Clements (USA) 117-111, Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) 116-112, Takeaki Kanaya Kanaya (Japan) 115-114. The referee was Jack Reiss (USA) and the supervisor was Major Lee (Korea).
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This was an impressive victory for the Thai fighter who challenged for the WBC world title last year, losing to flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a close affair.
Rojas start well in the first round when he landed a right hook which almost dropped the Thai fighter. But from round two to four, the show turned to Suriyan who swept in with his effective counterpunches. Rojas also suffered a cut in round three which seem caused from an accidental headclash. Scored announcement after round four were 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 for the local fighter.
From round five to eight, Rojas speeded his aggression but Suriyan still did well with his more accurate counterpunches, mostly dominating except round seven which belonged to the Mexican fighter who did better during a toe-to-toe action. Score announcement after round eight was 79-73, 78-74 and 78-74 for the Thai fighter. From round nine, Rojas speeded his assault but he could not solve Suriyan’s counter-attack tactic, especially by right-straight counterpunches. The Thai fighter impressively continued his good performance and gained the scores at least two of the last four rounds. This Fightnews’ correspondent saw 116-112 for the new champion.
Suriyan became the 43rd Thai fighter to win a major world title (counting only WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and two WBA interim champions Songkram Por Pao-in and Thepparith Singwancha) He is also the 5th Thai fighter who captured the world super flyweight crown, following Payao Poontarat, Khaosai Galaxy, Yokthai Sithoar and Thepparith Singwancha.
In others action, two-time WBC title challenger Napapol Kiattisakchokchai (55-3-1, 46 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over You-Jie Zeng. WBC Asian 118lb title holder Yodchanchai Nakornluang (reportedly 11-2, 10 KOs) scored a fourth TKO over Indonesian Boido Simanjuntak (reportedly 12-13). WBC Asian 115lb title holder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (9-1,9KOs) destroyed Yodpetching Por Kobkua in the opening round. And ABCO #2 superfly Sugar Rey Nakornluang stopped Yodmongkol Por Nam-Ek in the opening round.
This event was promoted by Nakornluang Boxing Promotion.