2 Feb 2018

2017 will be remembered as the year boxer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1) made his mark on the highly competitive elite ranks of world boxing.

Born Wisaksil Wangek, in the northeast of Thailand the now 31 year old has cemented his place in Thailand’s and Asia’s boxing folklore.

He traveled to America back in March of last year with a ‘dream in hand,’ in an endeavor to dethrone the WBC super-flyweight champion of the world, a matchup which took place at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City.

That aforementioned champion was the highly skilled Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez, a four division world title holder — and at the time a highly touted contender for the crown of boxing’s pound-for-pound king.

Srisaket went into the bout as the underdog, a tag that did not faze Thailand’s would-be-hero as he ground out a magnificent points victory, dropping the champion along the way in the first round, with a thunderous body-shot.

After twelve rounds of grueling action Srisaket was crowned the new King of the WBC super-flyweight division.

Not long after his crowning glory Srisaket and his team willingly accepted a rematch that was set for September in California.

Once again the Thai champion showed his elite prowess by knocking out his Nicaraguan challenger in the fourth round with a thunderous right hook to the jaw, a stroke which sent his opponent crashing to the canvas to the point of no return, having only moments earlier sent González to canvas for a standing eight count.

The man from Sisaket province topped off an incredible year by winning the prestigious ‘Athlete of the Year’ award for 2017 from the Sports Authority of Thailand, at a recent awards ceremony in Bangkok.

Srisaket will next defend his coveted WBC super-flyweight title against Mexico’s Juan Estrada (36-2-0) on the 24th of February at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Boxing fans around the globe are looking forward to this highly anticipated bout.

The indomitable Srisaket is a ‘guiding light’ and inspiration for any young aspiring boxer looking to make his mark on the world stage — never quit, always believe in your abilities and you can achieve anything you set your mind to!

By Kevin P Noone


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