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Pongsaklek lands home advantage : On September 10, 2006
It's all over bar preparations for the world flyweight title clash between Thailand's WBC champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and challenger Monelisi Myekeni of South Africa as the pair will meet in Nakhon Ratchasima on November 17. The WBC gave the two camps time to reach an amicable settlement but finally ended a long run of offers, counter offers and discussions via a purse bids at the headquarters of the World Boxing Council in Mexico City.
Thailand's well-known promoter Khun Virat Vachiratanawongse won the bid to mean the fight will be staged in the kingdom.
Mr.Virat announced details of the fight at Samut Songkram during the WBC youth light-flyweight title contest which the champion, Noknoi Sithiprasert of Thailand won over a plucky Chinese challenger, Liu Yong Jun.
The WBC youth fight was held at the Meteechunhawanvitayalai premises, along with an exciting card to raise funds for former Muay Thai champions through the Apidech Sithiran Foundation.
Prior to the purse bids, the World Boxing Council granted both promoters a month to reach an agreement, but they failed to do so.
Ranked number two among the WBC flyweight contenders, Monelisi moved up when top-ranked Jorge Arce of Mexico moved up to super-flyweight this month.
In July 2005, US promoter Bob Arum wanted to stage the Pongsaklek-Arce fight in Las Vegas but poor ticket sales forced Arum to cancel the bout.
Pongsaklek then equalled Miguel Canto's WBC flyweight record of 14 defences and wanted to meet the South African in his record-breaking 15th defence but Myekeni wasn't ready.
His manager-promoter, Mr. Milenkovic said that his boxer wanted more time to prepare so Mexican Everardo Morales was brought in instead.
On June 30 this year, at a ceremonial event held at the Siam Paragon Hall in Bangkok, Pongsaklek made his record-breaking 15th defence of the WBC flyweight title. He registered a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The 29-year-old champion is the oldest son of a Thai garage-owner in Nakhon Ratchasima. He has two brothers.
He won the WBC flyweight from Malcolm Tunaco of the Philippines, on March 2, 2001 via a first round knockout win at Phichit.
His notable victories include an eighth round technical knockout over Ghana's Alex Baba and an exciting points win over Jeff Fenech-trained Hussein Hussein, from Australia.
He has also outpointed Filipino Randy Mangubat in Songkla stopped Japan's Daisuke Naito twice, once in 34 seconds and again in seven rounds.
Born on August 11, 1977, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam was fomer World Boxing Union light-flywight champion and earned the attention of boxing fans on March 28, 1997 when he sent South Africa's Mzukisi Skali, crashing to a first round defeat to be dubbed WBU champ of that division.
Two years later, having registered 27 victories, he graduated into the flyweight ranks and in his first big fight in the 112-pound ranks, he kayoed Tunacao in the first round to win the WBC title
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