Earlier today in Thailand fans had the chance to see the unbeaten Downua Ruawaiking (13-0, 10) successfully retain the IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight title, as he scored a 5th round TKO win over Indonesian foe Ray Rahardjo (6-12-5, 2).
The Thai, who won the title last August, when he out pointed under-rated Filipino Adam Diu Abdulhamid, was never expected to be tested here and did as he pleased with a visitor who was horribly over-matched.
Sadly for the Indonesian this was his 10th stoppage loss and given he was dropped twice by Dowuna we do wonder about his punch resistance, and long term health. That's not to say Downua can't punch, but with those stoppage losses piling on his record we do wonder how much more his body can take.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand, and those who were watching on Thairath, had the chance to see a pretty interesting card, headlined by a really good match up between Thai veteran Mike Tawatchai (45-12-1, 28) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] and Japanese visitor Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平].
On paper this was a match up that looked likely to be entertaining, though few would have expected what we got, with Takahashi fightign at an insane pace always pressureing the Thai and forcing a real action bout. The Thai looked to avoid the war but kept getting dragged into a fight, and it was a fight he struggled to ever shine in, with the visitor out working him, out fighting him and refusing to change tactics.
In the end Takahashi's work rate sealed the deal and forced the judges to give him the win, with scores of 117-111, twice, and 116-112.
For Takahashi this is a huge win and could help him take a step towards a potential world title fight. It also leaves Tawatchai needing a win in September, when he returns to the ring against Muhamad Ridhwan inm Singapore.
The card also featured a second win for a Japanese fighter with Hironobu Matsunaga (13-1, 7) [松永 宏信] scoring a 4th round TKO win against Patomsuk Pathompothong (34-9-1, 21) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา]. The only real relief for Thai's was Downua Ruawaiking (12-0, 9), who continued his unbeaten run with a 6th round KO win against Filipino foe Jason Egera (23-20-2, 11).
Earlier today Thai fans had the chance to see an IBF Pan Pacific title double header on television channel Thairath, and the Thairath youtube channel.
One of those fighters was Downua Ruawaiking (6-0, 4) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง] who claimed the IBF Pan Pacific Super Lightweight title after an opening round victory over Japanese fighter Yuta Maruoka (12-4, 6) [丸岡 裕太]. From the opening moments Maruoka showed little ability to take the power of Downua, who was dropped several before the referee saved him.
For Downua the win sees him recordhis best win to date, and show that he may have much better than his poor competition to date suggested. As for Maruoka the contest showed that his punch resistence is really poor at this level.
The other Thai picking up a title was Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (16-6, 11) [สุขเกษม เรือไวกิ้ง], who scored a 3rd round victory over Indonesian Zun Rindam (14-9-1, 6) to claim the IBF Pan Pacific Bantamweight title. Rindam looked out of his depth from the early moments and although he showed some fighting spirit as the bout went on he was dropped hard hard by two short lefts that left him flat on his back .
For fans interested in these two bouts they can be seen below, along with the rest of the televised portion of the card, and strangely the broadcast also features the full version of the 2016 IBF "interim" Light Flyweight title fight between Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and Filipino Milan Melindo.
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