Today, more than a year after their first bout, the two men faced off for a second time and this time there was no doubting the winner with Knockout taking a clear and comprehensive decision win over a lacklustre Buitrago, to claim the WBA “regular” title, and become the mandatory for the WBA “super” title.
The fight started well for the visitor who seemed to be employing a smart game plan and used his reach well, launching the jab against the smaller Knockout. It was however a scouting mission of sorts from the Thai who seemed content to lose the round and see what his foe had in the locker, something we've seen Knockout do in the past.
Following the scouting mission Knockout used his knowledge well and began to go through the gears,clearly winning round as he began to come in quicker and landed some solid right hands as well as hard thudding jabs. Not only was the Thai impressing with his offensive work but his defense was also intelligent, with his head movement being very impressive and often making Buitrago look silly.
From the second round to round 7 it was hard to even make a case of giving a round to the visitor who looked dejected and as if he was out of ideas. He was losing the battle of jabs, eating hard right hands and being forced to take solid jabs to the midsection, something that must have been sickening in the high temperatures that the men were fighting in. Not only was Buitrago out of ideas but it was looking clear as he was backing up whenever Knockout wanted him to and was really looking frustrated.
In round 8 both began to look tired, for Knockout it wasn't a problem, he had run up a huge lead and could afford to slow down, but Buitrago, who needed to take advantage, still seemed unable to find anything to trouble the Thai. The pace continued to slow through rounds 9 and 10 with both happy to fall into a clinch and happy to throw less. Again for the Thai it was fine, he seemed to be doing enough to win the rounds without being forced out of his comfort zone, for Buitrago however it was a case of failing to take advantage of the chance to turn the momentum around.
Having pretty much won 9 successive rounds Knockout continued to slow, completely taking his foot off the gas in the final couple of rounds, where he seemed to prefer to clinch, than really fight. He had the luxury of the huge lead on the cards and seemed happy enough to not worry about the rounds, even then they were still competitive and could have gone the Thai's way without too much of an argument.
As the scorecards were read it seemed clear who had won the bout, and despite the cards being read only in Thai there was no doubting the scores were all in favour of the home fighter, who was given the unanimous decision with scores of 119-109 and 117-111, twice. Scores that were fair and reflected the one sided nature of the bout.