WBC Asia: Nawapon outguns Amnat

Saturday, April 21st: The lights were bright. The TV studio was awash with excitement. The fighters came. Nakornluang promotions are reinvigorating boxing here in the Kingdom of Thailand with their glitzy new monthly TV show. The single most important ingredient and commodity is the fighters: and once again today they did not disappoint.

The showpiece contest for today’s event saw Nawapon Nakornluang looking to defend his WBC Asia continental super-flyweight title against former world title holder Amnat Ruenroeng. The title contest hit a snag when Amnat failed to make the 115lbs super-fly weight limit — he failed to get below 117lbs, so win or lose the contest Nawapon was going him with his title.

The fight itself was a wonderful encounter of tit-for-tat boxing with the veteran setting the tone in the opening stanza, unleashing fast combinations, that at times seemed to have the champion in trouble, at least aesthetically so! Round 2 was was like something out of a Rocky movie with both fighters content to stand in the middle of the ring, and allow each other to pepper the other with bunches in punches, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance. Round 3 came and again both fighters were allowing each other to tee up, and set off combinations with the other just soaking up the pressure - towards the end of the round Nawapon landed a couple of thunderous body shots, but to his credit Amnat stayed busy and landed a beautiful left hook to the jaw of his opponent.

The fourth round saw the real onslaught arrive: both pugilists unleashed hell on each other — Amnat landed three monstrous uppercuts on his foe, but it was to be Nawapon’s round as he rocked the veteran in the final minute and continued to do so until the final bell came - Amnat was lucky to survive the blows being rained down on him, again to his credit he used every ounce of his survival skills to stay alive.

The bell rang to introduce the 5th round and a younger, hungrier Nawapon went into full predatory mode when he landed three huge uppercuts on Amnat — which in turn forced the veteran into submission — turning his back on his opponent, the former world champion fell onto the ropes with a look in his eye that he knew he was done in this contest — as he briefly comforted himself on those aforementioned ropes Nawapon finished him off, sending him crashing to the canvas to the point of no return.

A dejected Amnat shed tears of agony backstage after the loss had sunk into his body and mind — it was euphoria for an ecstatic Nawapon, but the champion found his human side and fell to his knees to show his unwavering respect to his opponent. Nawapon’s record improves to (41-1-0), whilst Amnat’s drops to (18-3-0). Opinion Time: The show is growing in stature with every event. The crowd were entertained, from the die-hard boxing aficionados to the casual viewer. Congrats to Bank and his team at Nakornluang promotions for another outstanding gathering of boxing minds.

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