By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a nationally televised promotion, super bantamweight Mike “Tyson” Tawatchai (30-7-1, 20 KOs) outpointed Ricardo Roa (11-8-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Roa boxed aggressively edging round one but the experienced Thai came back to control rounds two and three. The Filipino stepped up a gear to out work the Tawatchai in round four. Tawatchai increased his work rate in round five to eight to edge the rounds with Roa doing the better in round nine. Tawatchai won round ten but Roa controlled round eleven. The Thai outworked Roa in the twelfth and final round to be awarded the decision by scores by 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. Tawatchai captured the vacant IBF Asia 122-pound title.
Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Tawatchai showed his class today to win the IBF Asia title. Mike is a world class super bantamweight and in 2012 gave former WBA world champion Daiki Kameda a good fight. Tawatchai is ready to fight anywhere in the world against the best super bantamweights.”
IBF #5 light welterweight Patomsuk Pathompothong ( 25-1-1, 16 KOs) stopped Eusebio Baluarte( 19-10, 12 KOs) in two rounds of a scheduled eight.
Hot prospect 130 pounder Patomsith Pathompothong (4-0) outpointed over Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-11-3) over six action rounds
Promoter: Jimmy Chaichotchuang
Televised throughout Thailand on Channel seven television network