The title bout was stopped in the seventh round as Pabustan suffered from excessive bleeding from a wound over his left eye. At the time, all the three ringside judges had scored 70-63 in favour of the…

At the time, all the three ringside judges had scored 70-63 in favour of the Thai champion.

It was the first successful title defence for Pungluang, who had claimed the vacant belt by beating Ryo Akaho of Japan in Ratchaburi in August last year.

Pungluang’s record improved to 52 wins against three losses, while Pabustan, ranked fifth in the division, slumped to 26 wins, six draws and three losses.

The Thai claimed the same title the first time by stopping AJ Banal of the Philippines in the ninth round in 2012 but lost it in his first defence against Paulus Ambunda in Namibia in March 2013.

“It was a tough and exciting fight for all the fans. Pabustan turned out to be tougher than we expected,” said Pungluang’s manger Pariyakorn Rattanasuban.

“Punglung is also strong and is hard to beat. I am quite satisfied with his performance.”

With a win over Pabustan, Pungluang now has a mandatory fight against Marlon Tapales, also from Philippines, lined up.

Tapales became eligible for the title crack, which has to take place within 90 days, after stopping Shohei Omori of Japan in the elimination fight in December.

“Definitely, we will bid to host the fight in Thailand,” said Pariyakorn.

“Pungluang still has some weaknesses and he needs to train a lot before fighting Tapales.”

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1458388  Pungluang Sor Singyu will defend his WBO bantamweight title against Jetro Pabustan on Feb 12

The fight, initially scheduled for Jan 16, will be held in Nakhon Ratchasima, about 260km northeast of Bangkok. It will be the first defense for the Thai champion after winning the title for the second time with a second-round knockout of Ryo Akaho of Japan.

“Everything has been confirmed. We have moved back the date because we needed more time to finalise our sponsorship deals,” said Pungluang’s manager Pariyakorn Rattanasuban. “The fight will be held in front of Thao Suranaree monument in Korat [Nakhon Ratchasima].”

She added that the 26-year-old Filipino, ranked fifth in the 118-pound division, will not be an easy opponent for Pungluang. Pabustan’s record stands at 26 wins with seven knockouts and two losses.

Pariyakorn said: “Pabustan is left-handed and is very patient. He has never been stopped in his career. It will be an interesting but tough fight for Pungluang.”

Pabustan is challenging for the crown for the first time, but Pungluang is determined to make his first title defence a success.

The Thai had lost to Paulus Ambunda in Namibia in March 2013, only five months after stopping AJ Banal of the Philippines to win the vacant title.

Pariyakorn added that the winner of the fight will face Marlon Tapales of the Philippines in the mandatory fight.

Tapales stopped Shohei Omori in the elimination fight in Japan on Dec 18. Earlier, the Filipono was tipped to meet Pungluang but was ordered to take on Omori first.

“Surely, if Pungluang wins this bout, he must face Tapales in a fight in Thailand,” Pariyakorn said.

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Spirited Thai excites home fans with dominant two-round victory over Japanese fighter Akaho


Thailand’s Pungluang sor Singyu, left, in action against Japan’s Ryo Akaho. 

Pungluang sor Singyu stopped Ryo Akaho of Japan in the second round to reclaim the WBO bantamweight title in Ratchaburi yesterday.

In the fight for the vacant 118-pound division belt, the Thai did not waste his chance in the second round when he cornered and floored Akaho with a powerful right hook.

The stunning victory in front of his hometown fans made him a two-time champion.
In 2012, Pungluang, now 27, stopped AJ Banal in the ninth round to win the title, also for a vacant championship, in the Philippines.

“I am really happy and proud of myself, and to have made the fans happy,” said Pungluang after the bout.

“I promised them I would win the title and I did it.”

Pungluang is only Thailand’s third title holder at the moment with the other two being Amnat Ruenroeng (IBF flyweight) and Wanheng Meenayothin (WBC minimumweight).

Pungluang, who was stopped by Japan’s Tomoki Kameda in his second world title attempt last July, improved his record to 51 wins (31KOs) against three losses.

It was 29-year-old Akaho’s second loss and first by a knockout.

Pungluang’s manager Pariyakorn Rattanasuban said that she was relieved and happy to have another world champion.

“We made a lot of effort and spent more than 10 million baht to make the fight happen,” she said. “Pungluang deserves credit for his great win. He planned to study Akaho for four rounds but when the chance…

As the winner of a vacant title, Pungluang now has to face a mandatory bout in his first defence.

Pariyakorn confirmed that the fight will be held in Thailand.

“It will definitely take place in Thailand,” she said. “I have learned lessons from when he lost the title two years ago.”

After beating Banal in 2012, Pungluang flew to Namibia for his first and mandatory fight and lost to Paulus Ambunda.



Pungluang Sor Singyu and his manager Pariyakorn

Former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu will take on Japan’s Ryo Akaho for the vacant WBO bantamweight title in Ratchaburi on Aug 7. 

The title was vacated by Tomoki Kameda, another Japanese fighter. Akaho (26-1-2, 18KOs) is the top challenger in the division while Pungluang (50-3-0, 34KOs) is ranked second.

Pariyakorn Rattanasuban, Pungluang’s manager, said although the bout would be held in Thailand her fighter would not enjoy a big advantage.

“All the judges are from the US,’’ she said.

Pungluang was crowned champion in October 2012 after stopping AJ Banal in the ninth round to win the vacant title in the Philippines.

He held the belt for only four months before losing to Paulus Ambunda in Namibia in March 2013.

The Ratchaburi native had a chance to win back the title last July but was stopped by Kameda in a mandatory fight in Las Vegas.

It will be Akaho’s second title shot after losing to compatriot Yota Sator in a WBC flyweight championship in 2012.

It is expected to be a tough assignment for Akaho as no Japanese boxers have won a world tile in Thailand.