9 Oct 2017

Highest boxing honors were bestowed on Thailand’s Super Flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvai at the WBC convention in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Srisaket Rungvisai had a double triumph over Roman Gonzalez who was globally regarded as the best pound for pound boxer on the planet. First Srisaket won a grueling match-up against "Chocolatito" Gonzalez on the Golovkin-Jacobs card in New York on March 2017.

Sor Rungvisai spectacularly put Gonzalez down with a body shot in the first round, and went on to win by points decision. Following his much-deserved win Sor Rungvisai was appointed a police officer in Sisaket Province, and enrolled in the Faculty of Political Science, Chalermkarnchana University.

Then in a mandatory re-match defence on September 9 - televised live worldwide from California, USA in front of a sell-out crowd of 7,418 - González suffered his second consecutive career defeat and failed to regain the WBC title, after being knocked out by Sor Rungvisai in the fourth round.

In an interview at the Baku WBC convention Sor Rungvisai attributed his win over Gonzalez to his fitness regime and a “hard punching strategy” he adopted after losing his first world title defence against Carlos Cuadras in May 2014.

“I decided that I had to lift the level of my fitness, be more selective and become powerful with my punches. When there is an opening I punch hard. I realized that there is no point in wasting energy wit repetitive punching that isn’t effective.” Sor Rungvisai recalled his time as a teenager when he started his fighting career in Muaythai at the age of 13.

“Muaythai gave me valuable experienced in the ring. After a few years I released that my punches were my best weapon o and I switched back and forth form Muaythai and boxing until I focused on a boxing career.”

He is now at the peak of his career. “I am a professional boxer at the top of the boxing tree and I don’t fear anyone in the ring.”

By Patrick Cusick


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