Thailand's Suriyan Sor Rungvisai first announced himself to the boxing world with a fantastic effort, albeit in a loss, against veteran Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. The loss to Wonjongkam was a very close one and showed that Suriyan had world class ability though perhaps lacked the experience to over-come such an experienced fighter.
Just 10 months after the loss to Wonjongkam we saw Suriyan, now fighting at Super Flyweight, challenge WBC champion Tomas Rojas. Rojas was visibly much taller and rangier though Suriyan used his edge in speed to neutralise those advantages as the Thai genuinely impressed us in what was a break out performance and proof that his showing against Wonjongkam wasn't a fluke performance or a case of Suriyan being over-looked.
Interestingly for fans of the Thai it's this bout that perhaps gives hope that Suriyan can win his upcoming WBC Bantamweight title fight with Shinsuke Yamanaka who, like Rojas, is a tall southpaw with notable height and reach advantages over Suriyan. If the Thai can neutralise those advantages of Yamanaka as he did with Rojas there is a chance he could become a 2-weight world champion on October 22nd.
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