The WBA "interim" world titles are, rightfully, much maligned by the boxing world. The reality is the sport doesn't need them, or at least it rarely needs them. Whilst the title is essentially worthless, given the WBA's propensity for handing out titles like candy on Halloween, it has lead to some great fights over the years. Today we look at one of really great WBA "interim" title bouts from 2005. The bout pit unbeaten fighters from Thailand and Panama and they delivered a really great fight.
Poonsawat Krantindaenggym (22-0, 15) VS Ricardo Cordoba (25-0, 17)
In one corner was Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, a 24 year old boxer-puncher who had turned in 2001 and had been busy since making his debut. He had picked up the PABA Bantamweight title in just his 4th professional bout and had added the WBA Fedelatin title to his collection, whilst climbing through the WBA world rankings. His competition to this point hadn't been great, but he had been dominating opponents, and making a name for himself on the regional scene and was regarded as a genuine prospect. In August 2005 he finally got a big as he took on Ricardo Cordoba.
At this point the 21 year old Ricardo Cordoba was thrilling fans of the Panamanian scene. He'd made his debut as a teenager, in September 2000, and had scored wins that, now on reflection, were good wins over Roinet Caballero, William Gonzalez, Carlos Meza and, most notably, Celestino Caballero. Whilst his wins have aged well with time, and weren't that impressive at the time, it's hard to ignore that coming into this bout he was impressing time and time again back home in Panama. He was unbeaten, heavy handed, exciting, tough and looked like a future champion in the making. He was lacking in terms of polish but certainly looked like a danger man coming through the ranks and was now getting his chance to shine on international soil.
The opening round saw the two men figuring each other. Poonsawat was coming forward whilst the Panamanian southpaw was boxing well on the backfoot. As the rounds went on however the two men seemed to figure each other out and began to up the tempo, moving through the gears. Through round 2 we were starting to get a really exciting tactical war, with aggression from both men, heavy shots flying back and forth and yet everything was technically solid from both guys. Whilst neither will go down as a defensive genius they were both technically solid and aggressive making for some really good action.
By round 3 we were getting an all out war. Both men seemed to feel their power and strength would be the difference, but had to keep things honest, knowing the other could land a hurtful shot if they made a mistake.
Inside, outside, both were showing great variation in a high tempo bout that everything. The title they might have been fighting for was relatively pointless, but they were fighting as if it was the most important bout either man would ever have. They were both being genuinely tested, and both were coming up with answers.
We won't ruin much of the bout, but we will say that this was legitimately one of the best bouts from 2005, and had everything. It wasn't really in many people's discussion for Fight of the Year, but in reality it should have made the short list as it had everything. Just unfortunately is was the same year as Corrales Vs Castillo I, and lets be honest no other bout was in the conversation as the end of the year.
The fact both of these guys went on to have notable careers, in fact both went on to win the WBA Super Bantamweight title, gives a sign of the talent of both fighters. This was great, and is very much a forgotten classic. There's not a load of knockdowns, but there is skills, drama and excitement.
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