December 30th 1978-Jamsil Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Saensak Muangsurin (13-1, 10) vs Sang Hyun Kim (24-2-2, 14)
In 1978 Thai great Saensak Muangsurin [แสนศักดิ์ เมืองสุรินทร์] traveled to Korea to defend the WBC Light Welterweight title against Sang Hyun Kim [김상현].
April 2nd 1977-Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Saensak Muangsurin (7-1, 6) vs Guts Ishimatsu (31-12-6, 17)
In 1977 the then WBC Light Welterweight champion Saensak Muangsurin [แสนศักดิ์ เมืองสุรินทร์] travelled to Japan to face former Lightweight champion Guts Ishimatsu [ガッツ 石松].
June 17th 1977-Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
Saensak Muangsurin (8-1, 7) vs Perico Fernandez (40-4-10, 22)
In 1975 Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin [แสนศักดิ์ เมืองสุรินทร์] set a world record by winning a world title in his 3rd professional bout, stopping Perico Fernandez in 8 rounds. In 1977 the two men rematched in Spain with a vociferous crowd supporting the local star.
Right now boxing appears to have a generation of fighters who want to be fast tracked to the top with the likes of Kosei Tanaka and Naoya Inoue both being moved at an insane speed. The daddy of being fast tracked to a world title is however Thailand's heavy handed Saensak Muangsurin, a former Muay Thai great who won a world title in just his third professional bout.
Here we have Musangsurin's debut as he took on Filipino fighter Rudy Barro. The performance was a somewhat crude one by Muangsurin however it was and in such a fashion that he just announced himself on to professional boxing. The finish, a 1-punch KO from hell, is often forgotten as one of the greatest KO's of all time but it really was a staggering shot that appeared to come out of nowhere their added to the reputation Muangsurin had had in Muay Thai as a serious puncher.
Less than a year later Muangsurin had won the WBC Light Welterweight title, in what was just his third professional boxing bout.
(Video courtesy of Jerome Naldoza)
When we talk about Thai greats we need to mention the fantastic Saensak Muangsurin who gave a real re-writing to the term "tough match making". Muangsurin fought just 20 times as a professional but was involved in 12 world title bouts, including winning world titles in his 3rd and 7th professional contests.
Sadly a long career in Muay Thai and a tough career in boxing saw Muangsurin age incredibly quickly in the ring and aged just 29 he looked like a totally spent fighter as he took on a young and emerging Tommy Hearns. Hearns would later go on to a HOF career whilst Muangsurin's career faded out with just 1 win in 3 bouts before retiring in the early 1980's.
It was disappointing to see Muangsurin like this, but on the other hand we suspect he got a decent pay day despite being clearly shot and we suspect suffering from some kind of serious injury.
(Video courtesy of HearnsFanBritish)
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