Yesterday Thai fans in Wat Kokkuod, Surin, saw former world champion Tepparith Kokietgym (33-3, 20) [เทพฤทธิ์ ก่อเกียรติยิม] score his 7th win in 12 months, as he defeated the limited Thai based Frenchman Matthis Bernot (0-8).
The Thai, who made a name for himself in 2011 and 2012 with a string of notable wins over the likes of Drian Francisco, Daiki Kameda, Tomonbu Shimizu and Nobuo Nashiro, was never expected to be tested here and it showed.
The Thai hardly got out of the second gear as he toyed with Bernot at times. The Frenchman, to his credit, gave it a go but it was clear that he was trying without much success and in the end a sweeping left hook left him flat on his back forcing the referee to wave off the contest immediately.
Whilst Tepparith was in charge of the bout, and winning with ease, he did, unfortunately look horribly out of shape and it's clear that he's still carrying excess weight. Although talented, he is going to have to drop a lot of weight before stepping anywhere near contender level.
with this win Tepparith extended his current winning run to 12 straight winsm though he really is fighting at a very low level and looks to be a long way from his best.
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