Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see a very interesting match up from Thailand, as Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (17-5-11, 13) faced off with Japan's Seita Ogido (12-4-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太].
The bout saw the Thai successfully defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against the Japanese challenger, but he was forced to work for the win.
It was clear that Ogido had not travelled to lose, and he was regularly backing the Thai up with his sharp punching, even mocking him at times. Sadly for Ogido his ability to back up the Thai often counted for little as the Thai managed to landed the heavier looking shots, often landing eye catching hooks and uppercuts on the Japanese challenger as Ogido came in. It was those shots that seemed to please the ringside judges.
In the final round Ogido seemed to know he needed to do somethign big to get the decision, especially in Japan, and he did look to land bigger shots. Pongsaklek however smartly avoided a war, picked his moments well, landing a gorgeous right hand mid way through the round, and made his way to the final bell without too much drama to take the unanimous decision and retain his title.
The Thai would take the win with scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 118-109. The 118-109 card did seem too wide, but there is no doubting who deserved the win. Saying that Ogido was competitive and this possibly the best we've seen from him, and hopefully he takes this as a learning experience as he is a talented youngster, with the potential to wins titles down the line.
On October 20th fight fans around the globe will be able to see the Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (16-5-11, 13) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against Japanese challenger Seita Ogido (12-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太].
The Thai is enjoying his second reign with the title and will be looking to make his first defense since reclaiming the title with a win over Kompayak Porpramook.
For Ogido this is a chance to claim a regional title, after having failed to win in two bouts for the OPBF title and another for the WBC Youth title. He's been touted for a while as a real hopeful but now needs a big win, and would count as a big win.
For fans interested in this bout will be streamed live on Workpoint, who also operate a live youtube channel, meaning fans can watch this live on youtube.
On March 4th we'll a WBC Flyweight title fight between Thailand's Nawaphon Por Chokchai (36-0, 28) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Mexican Juan Hernandez (33-2, 24). It now seems that that won't be the only bout between a Thai and a Mexican on the show with one Thai source reporting that the card will also feature a bout between Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (11-3-1, 9) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and the unbeaten Yudel Reyes (7-0).
Pongsaklek, listed on boxrec as Siridech Deebook, made his debut in 2009 lost to a fellow debut. His career was stop start and by February 2013 he was 0-3. That poor start however is now history and since 2015 he has gone 11-0-1 and began to prove himself as a fighter who has the potential to go places. That ability was first proven in in July 2015, when he upset the then 22-0 Kongfah Nakornluang, and since then he has claimed and defended the WBC ABC Continental Light Flyweight title, and he is now ranked #30 by the WBC.
Reyes debuted back in October 2015 and has fought solely in Mexico so far. Although relatively unknown he has already tkaen 6 unbeaten records, including one of a debutant, and was last out in November when he beat Erick Lopez.
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