Earlier today Thailand Olympic gold medal winner Manus Boonjumnong (5-1, 3) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] suffere the first defeat of his professional career as Canadian warrior Ryan Ford (6-0, 4) beat Manus into a 4th round TKO.
The Thai tried to use his speed early in the bout but it became clear, very early, that Ford wasn't like Manus' previous opponents and he had actually come to win, stalking Manus whilst looking to land thudding right hands and left hooks. By the end of the opening round Manus was beginning to look like a man who had been taken from the shallow end of the swimming pool and dropped into the ocean with out a life raft.
The Thai, sensing he was in a fight, tried to fight back but round after round Ford kept coming and showed no respect in the ring of Manus who was forced to take some very stinging shots from the "Real Deal".
The second round saw Manus enjoying some success with some flashy combinations but he later took some stiff shots and was close to being dropped at the end of the round. By the end of round 3 Manus was beginning to look ragged whilst Ford continued to look focused, strong, powerful and determined.
A tired looking Manus came out for round 4, though he may have wished he hadn't as Ford continued to walk him down and landed several nasty shots to Manus' head. Those shots seemed to make Manus even more weary of the Canadian's power but their was little he could do to stop Ford from walking him down with the heavier shots.
At the start of round 5 Manus refused to continue, seemingly suggesting problems with his vision, whilst a very confident Ford spoke directly to the camera before being officially declared the winner.
For Ford this is a great win and could potentially open the doors for other bouts in the region, and a bout between him and Hikaru Nishida in Japan would be a very enticing battle, whilst Manus surely has to consider either retirement or getting into a much, much better shape than he was in here.
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