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Usanakorn grabs WBC title

Photo: Sroi Mungmee

Photo: Sroi Mungmee

By Damrong Simakajornboon

WBC female #3 bantamweight, Usanakorn Kokietgym (5-1, 4 KOs), successfully reclaimed the WBC female title as she excitingly outpointed the now former champion Galina Koleva Ivanova (10-7-3) on Monday at the Ban Rai school in Dankhuntod, Nakornrachasima, Thailand. Usanakorn, a former WBC female interim 115lb title holder, did a good start by aggressively hunting the Bulgarian and dominating all of the first five rounds. The show little by little turned to the experienced Ivanova from round six as she cleverly displayed her effective counter-punches to gain back the score. An accidental head clash in round nine caused a half-inch cut at the right eyebrow of the Thai fighter, so the referee deducted a point from the uncut champion, following by WBC rule. In round ten, the Bulgarian tried to turn over the situation by speeding her assault but it was too late to catch up the local fighter. Scored : 96-94, 97-93 and 97-92 for the new champion.

In other action, WBC # 3/WBO # 2/WBA # 6 Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (38-5-2, 17 KOs) won a 114-112, 114-112, 113-113 majority decision over Filipino Edwin Tumbaga to retain his WBC Asian 105 lb title for the fourth time. The uncut Thai fighter was also deducted two points, in round 2 and round 10 for their accidental head clashs. Two-time WBC champion Wandee Singwancha (59-11-1, 12 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Filipino Joel Rafols and Thepparith Singwancha stopped Filipino Ryan Maliteg in round two. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.

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