Thailand's Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-5, 8) has had a disappointing few years, suffering notable stoppage losses to both Ik Yang and Mark Magsayo in recent years. Yesterday however the Thai acquitted himself well, despite suffering a third successive loss.
The Thai was selected as the comeback opponent of former IBF Featherweight champion Billy Dib (40-4-0-1, 23), who had been out of the ring since last May when he was stopped by Takashi Miura in a bout for the WBC Super Featherweight title. The bout was a mismatch on paper, but an understandable one with Dib having had a genuinely horrible 2015 both in the ring, with the loss to Miura, and out of the ring, with the death of his wife due to cancer.
An emotional venue backed Dib all the way and their man didn't let the crowd down as he out boxed the gutsy but limited Thai.
Sukkasem tried to box, tried to brawl, tried to fight and tried to wrestle with Dib that had little real success with anything he tried and was instead punished by Dib's sharp jab and by the referee, who eventually deducted a point for the wrestling.
The 8 round bout saw Sukkasem see out the distance but was never really in the bout losing a wide decision with scores of 79-73 and 79-72, twice.
On the same card two other Thai's were stopped with Dib's younger brother, Yousef, scoring one of those stoppages.
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