Earlier today Thai fans got the chance to see a tragic bout that saw the WBC Youth Minimumweight title change hands, going from local favouriteChanachai CP Freshmart (5-1, 2) [ชนะชัย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] to little known Filipino Dexter Alimento (10-0, 7). Unfortunately what was a fun bout for 8 rounds ended in a really worrying and scary manner.
The fight started with Chanachai trying to apply pressure but it was clear that Alimento knew what to expect and boxed excellently using his hand speed to land clean blows and his footwork to neutralise the aggression of the Thai.
The talented Filipino continued to find holes for his counter shots through out the early going and was happy to use Chanachai's aggression against him whilst landing crisp shots on the inside.
Despite the excellent boxing of the challenger he found himself down on the cards after 4 rounds, losing 39-37 on all 3 cards when they were made public.
Whilst the cards were certainly not reflective of the action in the ring they didn't seem to effect the Filipino too negatively, though did make him slightly more reckless at times. The action, after the open scoring, continued to see Chanachai pressing the action and Alimento looking for counters, which he continued to find far too easily, especially with the right hand's upstairs.
In round 8 the toll of those Alimento shots, and the effort Chanachai was putting in, took it's effect with the Filipino finishing the 8th with a huge assault. Chanachai saw it off, but it was clear he was coming undone and the judges were starting to appreciate the work of Chanachai, who had kept in touching distance on the cards, despite the scores all being 77-75 for Chanchai after 8 rounds.
Sadly prior to round 9 Chanchai appeared to pass out in his corner and his team tried all they could to revive him in the ring. Unfortunately their attempts appeared to fail and he was later carried out of the ring on a stretcher with Alimento seen in tears at his fallen adversary.
At the moment we've not had any news on Chanachai's status and we do him the best, but given the state he was in the signs aren't good for the Thai who had looked like one of the most exciting youngsters in the sport prior to today's bout.
Whilst Alimento shined, and scored his biggest win to date, it's fair to say that it's not the way he would have wished to have won and the scenes will likely live with the young Filipino for the rest of his career.
We have included the video of the fight below but please be aware their are some very worrying scenes at the end of the fight.
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