From the off the two men set a great pace with the former world champion throwing a lot of leather, boxing well behind his jab and regularly backing up the younger man. Nawahpon, at times, liked like he had no answer for the speed or variation of Amnat who landed blows up top and to the body with alarming ease. It looked like a totally different Amnat to the one we had become accustomed to, and instead of the dirty fouling and wresling tactics we had previously we instead saw a highly skilled and busy boxer-mover with lovely fluid combinations.
To his credit Nawaphon never looked badly hurt, but he did seem beweildered at the accuracy and speed of his much older foe.
In round 2 Nawaphon picked up his own pace but continued to be out worked and out boxed by Amnat, who showed little respect to the younger man, standing at mid distance and letting his shots roll. Nawaphon would have more moments, and his shots seemed heavier, but was being out landed by Amnat, who went to the body with some lovely shots and regularly found holes in Nawaphon's defense.
The pace continued to be thrilling in round 3, but for the first time Nawaphon's success was starting to match that of Amnat, with his power being the diffeence maker and his body shots clearly getting to the former world champion. Amnat began to be a bit more stationary than he had been earlier in the fight and with his movement gone he was forced to put up a high guard to protect from Nawaphon's shots, with many getting through. Despite the success of Nawaphon through the round Amnat continued to let his hands go freely with a series of big right hands landing clean late in the round, they were however forgotten as Nawaphon returned them with interest.
The bout reached it's peak in round 4 as Amnat began to sit on his punches, losing the volume but looking to make an impact with every shot. It was a change in tactic that helped Nawaphon as the two began to have a brawl, taking it in turns to land big shots. The idea of defense seemed to go out of the window as they both looked to prove they were the tough, stronger and more powerful man. By the end of the round the power of Nawaphon had began to take it's toll and Amnat hurt several times towards the end of the round.
With the cobwebs firmly in his head and his legs losing the steam they once had the end seemed nigh for Amant. The veteran however made it cear he wanted to go out on his shield and looked to take the fight to Nawaphion again in round 5. It was a decision that proved to be a bad one, as the two looked bomb each other out. Part way through the round Amnat's gas tank hit empty and Nawaphon sensed it, picking up the pace and finishing the show with a wild assault that dropped Amnat.
with the veteran down the bout was stopped with Amnat looking in a pretty bad way at one point. The downfall for the veteran seemed to have been coming a whilen but a clean right hand sped up the process and helped give Nawaphon his biggest career win.
The future for Amnat is likely to be a retirement, though we have heard that from him before, whilst Nawaphon will be looking to build on this win and move towards some other potentially bigger fights down the line. This win sees Nawaphon retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Flyweight title, a title that would have been vacant had Amnat won, following his failure to make weight yesterday.
Notably it does feel like Workpoint are putting quality control on the shows they host and this is the second great all-Thai bout they've given us this year, hopefully more will follow.