24 Jul 2018

Saturday, July 23rd: Thailand’s Nawapon Nakornluang rose to the occasion on today’s WP boxing promotion at the WorkPoint tv studio — on the outskirts of Bangkok — claiming the vacant WBC Asia bantamweight title, via a points victory over his compatriot Yodsingdaeng Jor Chaijinda, former WBC world title challenger Nawapon is now a two-time WBC Asia champion.

Just over 24 hours ago this contest was in serious doubt as Nawapon’s original opponent, Japanese boxer Shota Nawaguchi had to withdraw from the bout due to being hospitalized from serious hydration issues.

The powers that be saved the contest when Yossingdaeng stepped up to the plate, and took on formidable Nawapon for the vacant coveted WBC Asia title.

The Contest:

The opening stanza saw both pugilists using this three minutes to feel each other out and get into the right mindset for this contest, with not many punches exchanged.

Round two saw Nawapon open up on his opponent with three solid right hands, each of which clearly rocked Yodsing, during some of the exchanges in this round Nawapon picked up a cut just over his right eye, from an accidental head butt.

Round three saw Yodsing look to stifle any aggression from Nawapon by constantly holding and pulling — a methodology that did not faze his foe — he stayed calm and composed throughout the round, and in the latter parts he started to find his range which would set the tone for the next three rounds.

Round 4 was the beginning of the end for Yodsingdaeng as he was sent crashing to the canvas for a referee’s eight counter — early in the round — he spent the remainder fighting to stay alive in the contest as Nawapon landed some nasty body shots.

The fifth round was once again all Nawapon as he peppered Yodsing with some venomous uppercuts and flurries of body shots, whilst Yodsing went back to his holding game.

Rounds six and seven saw a bit life come into the mindset of Yod as he looked to set up combinations, but that was counteracted with the cleaner, crisper shots came from Nawapon.

The eight round brought about a more clinical approach to those aforementioned body shots from Nawapon, as he really went to work on them on in this round — it was also in this round that the referee finally lost patience with Yod’s holding tactics and instructed the ringside judges to deduct one point from the boxer.

Rounds nine, ten and eleven were all about Nawapon slipping into cruise control: using effective head movement and footwork to evade any sense of offensive optimism from Yodsing.

The climatic round was one of anti-climatic drama as Napwapon knew he just had to stay alert and a visibly defeated Yodsing played his part by moving to the Nawapon tune in this round.

The final belt rang: the crowd rose to its feet to congratulate Nawapon on a job well done!

The scorecards were read aloud: judge one saw it 118-108, whilst judges two and three saw it 119-107 to the new WBC Asia bantamweight champion, Nawapon Nakornluang.

Nawapon improves his record to (42-1-0), whilst Yodsingdaeng drops to (16-8-0).


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