By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
Campee Phayom (16-4-2,10KO’s) of Thailand and Lunjun Zhao (6-1-1,0KO) engaged in a fast paced fight Sunday night at the Blue Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The WBO Oriental Youth junior lightweight title remained vacant however, as the fight ended in a split draw.
In was a fun fight to watch, with boxers trading hard punches with wild misses and it was pretty close. In the first four rounds, one had had it even while the other two were split between Phayom and Zhao. Phayom was pulling ahead in the middle rounds with his wait and counter routine. But the surge by Zhao in the late rounds, his aggressiveness saved him the fight.
The scores were – Surat Soikrachang – 97-93 for Zhao, Sungworn Klungboonkrung – 97-93 for Phayom and Pitchit Wongporamet – 95-95. The referee was Sawaeng Thaweekoon. This bout was officiated by the Professional Boxing Commission of Thailand. The WBO bout was supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo. This card was promoted by Yutthapong Kotngern of Tan Telecom Promotions.
Phayom started his career nine straight wins but in 2016 he lost to a Chinese boxer Lin Liquan by unanimous decision in Hong Kong. He lost again to another Chinese boxer, Sun Xiangxiang, this time by second round knockout one month later in Nanning,China. One wonders if this were in Phayom’s mind during the fight.
The 21 year old Phayom has won three straight since being knocked out by Uzbek boxer Anvar Turapov last October in Malaysia.
The 20 year old Zhao’s only loss was a unanimous verdict to Gui Ming Li in Chengdu last year. He would avenge that loss in Fuzhou this year. This is Zhao’s first fight outside of China.
It’s been a while since the WBO had a big card involving a Thai boxer on Thai soil. If memory serves me right, the last WBO world title bout in Thailand was in 2016 when Pungluang Sor Singyu (Panya Uthok) lost his WBO bantamweight belt to Filipino Marlon Tapales. Last year, Japanese Masataka Taniguchi and Filipino Joel Lino fought in Bangkok for the WBO Asia Pacific miniflywieght title in Bangkok.
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