Thailand's much touted teenage sensation Stamp Kiatniwat (10-0, 4) continued his rise through the ranks as he claimed the PABA interim Flyweight and over-came Indonesia's Samuel Tehuayo (18-26-2, 3).
Stamp dictated the pace from the off with his crisp punching and intelligent movement that kept Tehuayo fighting mostly off the back foot.
Early on much of the offensive work from the Thai came in singles with his his razor jab being a key punch, there was combinations but much of it controlled and intelligent aggression. As the bout went on however he became progressively more happy to let his hands go and rip more and more complex combinations. Towards the end of the bout however we saw Tehuayo fighting back and pushing Stamp a little bit. It wasn't enough from Tehuayo to win the rounds but it did force Stamp to adapt slightly.
At the end of the bout it was difficult to give Tehuayo a round and it showed on the score cards which read 119-109, twice, and 120-108 for Kiatniwat who picks up his new black and gold belt.
Whilst this is a 5th straight loss for the Indonesian journeyman, and a 9th loss in 10, he did what he was paid to do. He took Stamp some rounds, kept the Thai busy and gave just enough back to keep Stamp honest, despite suffering a cut around his right eye. On paper it was a step backwards for the Thai who had beaten former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng last time out, in reality however it was another maturing fight and at his age the more of these fights Stamp gets through the better. The 12 rounds really will have done him no harm.
Sadly however Tehuayo has been rather happy to do what he's supposed to when fighting in Thailand and this was his 18th loss in as many bouts in the country. He's tough and durable but his lack of desire does seem to show through sadly. We understand that he fights the way he does so he gets more pay days but it would be nice to see him give 100% some time soon. Had he done so the chances are Stamp would have learned more than he did. In fairness to Stamp he does look like a very good prospect and can be pushed much harder than he was here.
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