Last July Thai fans saw Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม] claim the WBA "interim" title with a controversial win over Dominican fighter Gregorio Lebron (13-4, 11). That bout saw Stamp twice drop Lebron, securing two 10-8 rounds, but was out fought in a number of other rounds as the gutsy Dominican took the fight to the local favourite.
Today the two men faced off again, and again it was Stamp coming out on top as he retained his title, with another close win.
The bout, which was supposed to take place last week on Channel 7, was delayed until this morning where it took place on Channel 3 SD, following a dispute over TV money. And like the first it was a really good, solid and competitive match up, that again will lead many top believe that the decision should have gone against Stamp.
The action was even early on and really picked up in the middle of the contest with Stamp seemingly getting the better of the action. As with their first fight Lebron was the busier fighter but was often on the receiving end of the more hurtful blows and was made to miss more by the Thai who used some smart movement to make Lebron miss, and make him pay.
The final few rounds saw a determined Lebron try to turn the fight around and it seemed like he did enough to win the final couple but he and his team both seemed to think they had fail to do enough to get the win. This proved to be the case with Stamp getting a majority decision with scores of 115-114, 115-113 and 114-114.
Despite the win Stamp was a swollen at the end of the bout and the power of Lebron's connects did leave Stamp's face showing the effects of the bout. That swelling will take a will to come down and may keep him out of the ring for some time, however after today's win the 18 year old does deserve a break from the ring anyway. For Lebron this was another bitter pill to swallow, though it's one that he will have to swallow with all three of the judges for this one being completely neutral.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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