If there was one Thai that caught our eyes earlier this year that was Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (23-3-1, 21) the man who literally man handled Yota Sato as he claimed the WBC Super Flyweight title.
Although Srisaket has been busy since claiming his world title, with 3 none title fights in the last 6 months, he hadn't actually made a defense of the belt he won back in May.
Earlier today Srisaket did make the first defense of that title as he took on Japan's brave warrior Hirofumi Mukai (9-3-1, 1). Unfortunately Mukai became the 21st victim of the Thai who demonstrated the savagery that we are starting to know, and love, about the Thai monster.
The Thai had bad intentions from the off and whilst Mukai went there to win it was obvious he was up against it by the end of the opening round. It was clear the Mukai lacked the firepower to keep Srisaket off and it was obvious that Srisaket wanted to make a statement.
After taking the opening round Srisaket managed to score the contests sole knockdown in the opening seconds of the second round. Mukai managed to fight his way through the round but Srisaket maintained the nasty intentions that saw him clearly chasing a stoppage.
With the WBC's open scoring in effect there was little doubt on the score after 4 rounds. Srisaket 40-35 up again Mukai, there was no possible way to see the fight scored in any other way. The Japanese fighter, whilst game, had been out fought, out worked and out punched through the first 4.
With the Japanese fighter in a hole after 4 it was great to see him fight back in rounds 5 and 6, by far the closest rounds of the fight. In fact he may well have taken round 5 despite taking some heavy artillery from the champion. Round 6 however he lost in the final few moments as Srisaket rocked him hard as a stoppage began to look imminent.
Mukai's toughness saw him coming out for round 7 though by the end of it he was beginning to look like a man who was genuinely being beaten up. Had it not been for the heart and bravery of Mukai the fight certainly would have been stopped at the end of the round. Instead of pulling their man out the Japanese corner sent their man out for round 8 and the beat down continued with Mukai's boxing really starting to unravel mid-way in to the round. One thing Mukai had been able to do in the earlier rounds was fire back and protect himself though that resistance had been totally beaten out of him.
With Mukai's short lived fight back well and truly over the scorecards should have been enough to have made the Japanese corner think about retiring their man. The cards, which had Srisaket winning 80-71 and 79-72, twice, really did represent the fight which was one sided.
Instead of pulling Mukai his corner sent him out for round 9. Presumably under the warning that if this continued they'd throw in the towel. They did just that in the ninth as Srisaket began to use Mukai as a human punch bag in what was starting to get very ugly.
For Srisaket aren't going to be a hard thing to get. If his promoter wants to keep him busy then he will as he rips through Thai, Filipino and Japanese fighters in non-title fights. Unfortunately he may struggle to get challengers. Mukai was ranked #15 by the WBC and whilst some may say this Srisaket picking an easy opponent we dare say many of the others didn't want to know. This kid looks like a monster every time he steps in the ring.
Although Srisaket lost 3 of his first 5 contests, including a stoppage to Akira Yaegashi, it's going to take someone very, very special to beat him. In fact we're not sure there is a fighter in the division who could stand up to this monster who doesn't just defeat opponents but instead breaks them.
World Title Results
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