Yesterday in Nicaragua fight fans saw an IBF Light Flyweight world title eliminator, as Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (32-6-1, 17) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] battled against heavy handed Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (30-2, 26). On paper the bout was a mouth watering one, and a really good title eliminator against two world class fighters, who both deserved to be in the mix for title fighters.
The bout pitted the all out aggression and power of Alvarado with the skills, and counter punching of Fahlan. Sadly Fahlan however it was to be the power of the Nicaraguan that was the difference the two men.
Alvarado set the pace from the off, applying intense pressure on to the Thai who was quickly forced to fight off the ropes. It's a position we've seen Fahlan fight from with success in the past, but this time it always seemed like Alvarado was simply too strong and too powerful for Fahlan to back up, and the shots were flowing to the head and body of the Thai. To his credit Fahlan always tried to fight back but there was smply too many shots coming his way, with too much power, for him.
Late in the opening the Thai was dropped, following two hard right hands. The bell came soon after he rose, but it was clear that Alvarado meant business, and was looking for an early finish. The pressure from Alvarado continued in round 2 and once against Fahlan tried to fight off the ropes, but simply lacked the fire power to get Alvarado's respect. Instead of getting Alvarado's respect the Thai was just getting force fed power shots. To his credit Fahlan saw out the round, but it was clear that he was taking a real beating and that Alvarado wasn't going to let off.
Alvarado's aggression was again the key to begin round 3, and this time Fahlan was struggling to create any space, regularly being trapped in the corners. The shots were taking their toll and Fahlan was takeing them less well, until a dynamite right hand connected bang on the jaw and sent the Thai down hard, stopping the bout, and giving the Thai his first stoppage loss.
The loss for Fahlan will be a hard one to come back from. He wasn't just beaten, but he was beaten up, and left in a bad way needing medical attention whilst flat out on his back. As for Alvarado he will have put Milan Melindo on notice, and it's clear that Alvarado will not be wanting to wait long for his shot at the Filipino world champion.
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