Boxing Result

Tenkai keeps WBA female belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), 114, looked so impressive as she made her fourth defense by lopsidedly battering Petchsairoong Lookisaikongdin (13-10), 112.25, of Thailand, dropped the challenger with a flurry of punches in the second session and finally stopped the Thailander at 1:25 of the third session in a scheduled ten-rounder on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Tenkai, a cute-looking Japanese champ who dethroned Zang Xi-Yang in 2009, started her engine from the start and battered the game but limited challenger from all angles in the first round. The second saw Tenkai connected with a fusillade of punches followed by a vicious left hook to the side of the belly, dropping Petchsairoong in the closing second of the round. Petchsairoong gamely stood up to resume fighting to have a narrow escape with a bell to end the second.

No sooner had Tenkai whipped the battered and face-puffed challenger with non-stop rallies than Ferlin Marsh, the referee from New Zealand, wisely declared a halt to stop the champ’s merciless onslaught.

The officials—Silvestre Abainza and Gil Robiego Co (both of Philippines), and Michael Lee (Korea)—favored the stocky but fast and flexible champ by all scoring 20-17 after the second session.

Tenkai will be forced to face WBA interim champ Carolina Gutierrez in her next fifth defense by the WBA’s order.

Petchasiroong, one of her fifteen siblings (all boxers), had hoped to become the first world champ in her family, having been accompanied by her father/manager Nopparit Yoohanngoh, but simply admitted her setback due to the difference of career.

Tenkai said, “If I can unify the WBA belts by fighting Carolina Gutierrez, then I wish to face WBC champ in the same category Ana Maria Torres for the ultimate unification.” Despite her cute looking, her dream seems big enough.

Promoter: Yamaki Promotions.

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