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Krabi gain a new WBC youth light-flyweight champion : On May 27, 2006
Two WBC youth champions were knocked out in the fifth round yesterday at the open-air Pathavikorn Sports Arena in north Bangkok. Light-flyweight Yodsaenkeng Porchumchoke was knocked down twice in the fourth by a former Muay Thai fighter Noknoi Sithiprasert, who hails from Krabi, before Swiss referee Frans Marti stopped the fight 59 seconds into the fifth.
It was Yodsaenkeng's first defeat after nine victories while Noknoi enjoyed his third win in the pro ranks to go alongside three losses.
Flyweight Fahpetchnoi Sorchitrpatana was making his 10th defence but had announced before the fight he was moving up in weight because he could not make the 112-pound limit.
He was dropped twice in the first two rounds and was knocked down again in the fifth before referee Noppharat Sricharoen stopped the fight at the 2:35 mark.
In both fights the defending champions suffered heavy punishment and the referees did well in stopping the contests.
Nineteen-year-old Noknoi, who also fought as an amateur after 110 Muay Thai contests, displayed tremendous hand-speed and scored with excellent uppercuts which caught Yodsaenkang off guard many times.
Having won the first three rounds comfortably he dropped Yodsaenkeng twice in the fourth before referee Marti stepped in and stopped the bout in the fifth.
Fahpetchnoi's glass jaw was exposed by Filipino opponent Lito Sisnorio in the first and second rounds before he fought back and took the next two sessions on the scorecards from judges Aran Nuchklang, Somsiri Bhusi and Banpote Senparb.
But in the fifth, he took another beating and the referee rightly stepped in and stopped the contest after he had been dropped heavily.
Both losers were ordered to take 45-day periods of rest by the referees.
Fahpetchnoi said that he was too weak in trying to make weight and he must move up.
He had been unbeaten in 13 fights while novice Lito had only won three fights and had lost twice before yesterday's upset victory.
The new WBC Youth flyweight champion from the Philippines, Lito Sisnorio, said he was proud to wear the WBC belt and will return any time to Bangkok to defend his title.
''I am sure, many in the Philippines will be happy to see me return home as champion,'' he said.
''I did not expect to catch Fahpetchnoi off-guard so many times. It must have been an off day for him.''
Noknoi, the new WBC youth light-flyweight champion, said that Krabi will be very happy and proud to have a boxing champion.
''Perhaps many more will follow my footsteps,'' he said.
''We have several youngsters who could take up to boxing and do well.''
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