Channel7 Stadium: Roundup Of All The Action
Sunday, July 22nd: It was yet another day of high drama capped with a new trending hashtag of #muayromance at Bangkok’s Channel 7 stadium with six action-packed fights thrilling those in attendance, and hopefully the fans watching through the official Channel 7 App, accompanied with English language commentary.
The opening bout saw Banchachart from Sitnumnoi gym square off against Gaochat Sitjakorn, in a battle set at 118 Lbs. It was all about Banchachart as he set about to overwhelm and subdue his opponent — from start to finish — with a superior mindset of ring class and control, to take the fight, via a points decision.
The second contest of the day pitted 19-year old Paedminburi gym fighter, Gorn, against 17-year old Sakmongkon from Somsakgorsrang gym, in a fight set at 117 Lbs. The tall rangey Sakmongkol set about putting his 5cm height advantage to good use in the early exchanges of the opening stanza — but it was the venomous leg-kicks from the energetic Gorn that stole the show, ending Sakmongkon’s day, via a 3rd round TKO stoppage.
The prelude to the main event saw current Lumpinee stadium bantamweight champion, Superjeng Por Pinapat, take on Sueasat from Paedminburi gym, in a fight set at 119 Lbs. It was a pulsating encounter between these two super warriors — a contest that many thought should have ended in a draw — but the ringside judges unanimously scored the contest to Superjeng, who most likely convinced the three officials that his aggressive piercing knees were enough to give him the points victory. The showpiece bout featured the stadium’s current super-featherweight champion, Thepubut SantiUbon, defending his coveted title against the formidable ‘Muay Solider’ Nawapon Lukprachrist. Today was all about Thepubut, he set the destructive tone early, slicing open a humongous cut over the right eyebrow of Nawapon, from a thunderous elbow in the midst of the opening round.
The second round was the beginning of the end of Nawapon’s day: Thepubut once again launched an almost nonchalant like elbow, which again drew ‘First Blood’ but in this instance, it was ‘Second Blood.’ That was enough for the referee to call a halt to proceedings after the ringside doctor gave his opinion that the contest should be called to a halt, on medical grounds. Thepubut was re-crowned champion of the super-featherweight division at Bangkok’s iconic Channel 7 boxing stadium.