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Wonjongkam v Chokchai (Spoilers)


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Pongsaklek still WBC champion


By Damrong Simakajornboon


WBC flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 40 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBC#17 Suriyan Por Chokchai (14-5-1, 4 KOs) on Friday at Municipality of Nonghai in Srisaket, Thailand. Suriyan, the WBC Asian 112lb title holder, exceeded expectations of the crowds and others when he displayed his efficient counter-attack tactic to frustrate the champion’s aggression in a very close affair during the first seven rounds. An accidental headclash in round eight brought to a turning point as the uncut contender was deducted a point following WBC rules and the scores announcement after round eight were 76-75, 77-74 and 77-77 for Wonjongkam who suffered a 1.5-cm cut at his left eyebrow . The challenger tried to turn the tide, stalking and exchanging toe-to-toe with the experienced champion but it was Wonjongkam who did better with his more accurate counterpunches and almost dropped his foe in round ten. The action was a close affair again from round 11 as Suriyan tirelessly hunted the WBC king who had still displayed good counterpunches until the final round. Scored : Takeaki Kanaya (Japan) 115-114, Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 115-112, Belton Douglas (New Zealand) 114-113.

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