June 7th 1996-Panpiset School, Pan District , Chiang Rai, Thailand
Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym (6-0, 5) vs Angel Almena (12-0, 7)
In 1996 Thailand's Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym [ศรพิชัย พิษณุราชันย์], a future WBA world champion, took part in a WBU title bout against Puerto Rican Angel Almena, who had actually won the title in Thailand just 5 months earlier.
December 16th 2000-Forum Bicentenario, de la Universidad de Aragua, Maracay, Venezuela
Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym (20-1, 16) Vs Alexander Munoz (16-0, 16)
Thailand's Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym [ศรพิชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] fought abroad a number of times, with one of those fights coming Venezuela against future champion Alexander Munoz. This bout was Sornpichai's second bout since he lost the WBA Flyweight in the US to Eric Morel.
We often describe Thailand as the hardest country to score a win in as a visiting fighter. Their are a number of reasons for this though they aren't all to do with the officials of the Thai environment, which are both very unfriendly. Sometimes it's down to the Thai fighters involved in the bout. That was on show in 1999 when Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym pulled a KO out of no-where to stop Venezuelan Leo Gamez and claim the WBA Flyweight title.
The bout swung one way then the other. Games was down twice early on though had Sornpichai ready to go after a serious flurry that buckled the Thai's legs. It seemed as if Gamez was set to score a huge upset and then...bang! The ending is really is a great one and well worth watching over and over.
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