Earlier today Thailand Olympic gold medal winner Manus Boonjumnong (5-1, 3) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] suffere the first defeat of his professional career as Canadian warrior Ryan Ford (6-0, 4) beat Manus into a 4th round TKO.
The Thai tried to use his speed early in the bout but it became clear, very early, that Ford wasn't like Manus' previous opponents and he had actually come to win, stalking Manus whilst looking to land thudding right hands and left hooks. By the end of the opening round Manus was beginning to look like a man who had been taken from the shallow end of the swimming pool and dropped into the ocean with out a life raft.
The Thai, sensing he was in a fight, tried to fight back but round after round Ford kept coming and showed no respect in the ring of Manus who was forced to take some very stinging shots from the "Real Deal".
The second round saw Manus enjoying some success with some flashy combinations but he later took some stiff shots and was close to being dropped at the end of the round. By the end of round 3 Manus was beginning to look ragged whilst Ford continued to look focused, strong, powerful and determined.
A tired looking Manus came out for round 4, though he may have wished he hadn't as Ford continued to walk him down and landed several nasty shots to Manus' head. Those shots seemed to make Manus even more weary of the Canadian's power but their was little he could do to stop Ford from walking him down with the heavier shots.
At the start of round 5 Manus refused to continue, seemingly suggesting problems with his vision, whilst a very confident Ford spoke directly to the camera before being officially declared the winner.
For Ford this is a great win and could potentially open the doors for other bouts in the region, and a bout between him and Hikaru Nishida in Japan would be a very enticing battle, whilst Manus surely has to consider either retirement or getting into a much, much better shape than he was in here.
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Earlier today fans saw Thai youngster Saenganan Sithsaithong (16-0, 7) [แสงอนันต์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง] extend his winning record, and claim the IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight title, with a narrow win against Eric Panza (9-7-1, 2).
The 16 year old Thai was given a real test by his Filipino foe, who will likely feel aggrieved, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 115-113 to Saenganan.
The Thai youngster is regarded by some in the country as one of the more notable prospects, though we do wonder if the fact he keeps moving up in weight is going to be an issue. Less than 18 months ago he was a Light Flyweight and whilst he has developed physically he's not looked like a great force at Bantamweight, thus far.
On the same show fans also saw Olympic champion Manus Boonjumnong (5-0, 3) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์] continue his perfect start to his professional career with a victory over a yet to be confirmed opponent. Manus stopped his foe in the 5th of 8 scheduled rounds.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Yesterday Thai fans got several televised shows. One of those took place on Thairath who not only televised the show but also streamed it live over youtube and then posted the full telecast for those missed it.
That upload can be seen below and features a number of fights.
The highest profile of the contests to be shown saw Patomsuk Pathompothong (31-4-2, 10) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา] fight to a very disappointing No Decision against Indonesian Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (18-10-2, 8), in a bout for the vacant IBF International 140lb title. The headclash left the Indonesian with a nasty cut above his right eye and the action was stopped soon afterwards with the blood running down Ferdinandus' face and into his eye.
Sadly an advertised bout featuring Manus Boonjumnong (4-0, 2) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์] appears to have been cancelled after Manus' opponent suffered an injury just days before the show.
Over the last 24 Kiatkreerin have announced a notable bout for one of Thailand's hottest young boxers.
The fighter in question is 16 year old Saenganan Sithsaithong* (15-0, 7) [แสงอนันต์'วัยแค่] who will be fighting fir the IBF Pan Pacific Bantamweight title on March 25th against Filipino foe Eric Panza (9-6-1, 2).
For the talented Saenganan this is the first major bout he's had with the Kiatkreerin stable and will see him looking to add to a belt collection that already includes WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental titles at both Light Flyweight and Bantamweight, with the youngster winning the first of those titles at just 14 years old.
For Panza this is a good chance to score a notable win and he is a live under-dog here despite losing 2 of his last 3 bouts, including a decision in Thailand to Petch Sor Chitpattana.
The bout, along with a contest involving Manus Boonjumnong (4-0, 2) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์], will be aired on Thairath, which stream their content officially on their own youtube channel.
*Saenganan seems to have changed his name again, and is using a different name at the moment.
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