Earlier today in Thailand fight fans had the chance to see the fact rising Downua Ruawaiking (14-0, 11) record his second defense of the IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight title, and put on one of his best performances so far.
The touted Thai was facing off with Filipino Sonny Katiandagho (12-4, 7), in what looked like being a decent test on paper. The Thai, who has faced limited opposition since taking a decision over Adam Diu Abdulhamid in August 2017, took control early against Katiandagho.
In round 2 the Filipino fought aggressively, taking risks to get at the taller man. That didn't work out well for Katiandagho who was dropped by a sharp counter right hand. To his credit it seemed like a flash knockdown, and Katiandagho was up quickly, but it was clear that Downua had the power to end the fight. The knockdown didn't seem to hurt the Filipino physically but it seemed to destroy his confidence, and he was dropped a second time later in the round, from a massive right hand.
Again Katiandagho would quickly get to his feet, though this time it seemed like he had been buzzed and the shot had been a very eye catching one. He made it to the end of the round, but didn't look like he had recovered in round 3, as he threw wild shots, chasing the Thai. Again Katiandagho left himself open for counter shots, and again he would be punished, eating another huge right hand. This time Katiandagho was done, recovering and going straight to his corner and being saved from further punishment.
Although their was a huge gulf in class here it is worth noting that Katiandagho had recently gone 12 rounds with Baishanbo Nasiyiwula, and has previously scored upset wins over Hyun Woo Yuh and Rafik Harutunjan, suggesting that Downua may well be a genuine prospect, and a real puncher at this level.
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