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Former champ Sirimongkol wins despite weight loss : On May 2, 2007

Four-time world boxing champion Sirimongkol Singwancha won the Asian Boxing Council's super-featherweight title, but surrendered his belt immediately after his victory yesterday at the Ngamwongwan Branch of the Panthip Plaza in Nonthaburi, claiming that he will not be able to maintain the 130-pound weight limit. Former winner of two World Boxing Union titles _ the super-flyweight and bantamweight _ before relinquishing the titles, Sirimongkol won the World Boxing Council bantamweight and super-featherweight titles in 1996 and 2006. Yesterday, he faced the Asian Boxing Council super-featherweight champion, Thong Por Chokechai on a challenge and unanimously outpointed him, after coming down nearly 10 pounds in weight. All three judges scored the fight 116-112 in favour of Sirimongkol.

Sirimongkol is currently campaigning in the super-lightweight division, which has a weight limit of 140 pounds.

Originally, boxing promoter Suchart Pisitwuttinan had planned to stage the WBC Pre-World Boxing Championship for the super-bantamweight title between his boxer, Napaphol Kiatisakchokechai, the WBC number one contender and Saenghiran Lookbanyai, the number two contender, yesterday. But the latter had to undergo sudden surgery for appendicitis, hence the fight had to be postponed.

Yesterday's fight between Sirimongkol and Thong was organised by promoter Suchart, to replace that contest and it drew tremendous interest because no one expected Sirimongkol to come down 10 pounds and beat the tough southpaw, Thong.

Evidently weak after losing so much weight, Sirimongkol however, won the first four rounds but tired fast in the next four rounds and was on even terms with Thong at the end of the eighth. But in the last four rounds, helped by a second wind, he unfolded his experience and skills to win. He rightly earned the nod of all three judges, Narong Tanboonmee, Visute Ying-Upakarn and Thanapat Sue-kaew.

In the under-card, former world bantamweight champion, Veeraphol Nakhonluang outpointed Niva Zatori.

Former world bantamweight champion, Joichiro Tatsuyoshi of Japan, who is training in Thailand before taking part in his last boxing fight in Japan, was also present yesterday.

Tatsuyoshi took the bantamweight title from Sirimongkol in 1997 and lost it to Veeraphol on 1998.
He have plan to fight in K-1 in South Korea again and may be in Muay Thai .

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