Thai legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) dominated the WBC Flyweight picture through the 00's, and had this list been for that decade he would have been in the running for one of the top places. Sadly in the 00's the Thai great was a faded force, though still managed to roll back the clock for some great performances. He may have ended up going on too long, but he certainly did more to enhance his standing in his 30's than to damage it.
During the decade Wonjongkam fought 20 times and went 17-2-1 (9), a less than perfect record but a record that included notable wins over Koki Kameda, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Takuya Kogawa and Edgar Sosa.
Wonjongkam's last fight came in 2018, suggesting he fought through much of he decade, but in reality he only fought until the summer of 2013 before making a short comeback in 2018, with a single professional bout and an exhibition in Japan. Notably though his big wins for the decade all came in the first 19 months of it, which is impressive in it's self, but shows just how long in the tooth he was and sadly he didn't have longevity through the decade.
Whilst the lack of longevity is an issue for Wonjongkam's standing in the Fighter of the Decade it's not the biggest issue. That is his losses, which essentially came to journeymen, in the form of Sonny Boy Jaro and Rey Megrino. The loss to Megrino was particularly notable, given Wonjongkam took him out in a round in 2010 but just over 2 years later he was stopped in 3 rounds in a rematch with the Filipino.
The Thai icon needs huge credit for beating the then 22-0 Koki Kameda in Japan, less than 4 months in to the decade and for beating Suriyan, who would later go on to win a world title at Super Flyweight and be a very capable Bantamweight. But those wins can't push him up this list too far.
As with several others who missed out on the top 10 his best work came in the 00's and during his first reign as the WBC Flyweight champion. That first reign saw him holding the title from 2001, when he blasted out Malcolm Tunacao, to 2007, when he lost in his third bout to Daisuke Naito. During that reign he had scored wins over Luis Alberto Lazarte, Daisuke Naito, Gilberto Keb Baas and Tomonobu Shimizu. His second reign was good, but short and not quite good enough to earn him a top 10 position.
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