SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI DEFENDS WBC SUPER FLYWEIGHT TITLE
By Sean Sullivan
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai W12 Iran Diaz... In his third defense of the WBC super flyweight title, Thai southpaw Srisaket Sor Rungvisai a/k/a/ Wisaksil Wangek, delighted a sold-out crowd of hometown fans with a dominant performance against Mexican challenger Iran Diaz. In the bout, held at Impact Arena in Pak Kret, Thailand, Sor Rungvisai kept a busy pace, pressuring Diaz throughout with a steady diet of body shots. Diaz absorbed a lot of punishment but fought back hard, trying to retaliate with combinations, creating pockets of thrilling action. Gunning for the finish from the outset, Sor Rungvisai hurt Diaz with powerful lefts in round one, then staggered the challenger again in the seventh and eleventh frames. It appeared that Diaz should have been credited with two knockdowns-- from a right uppercut in the eighth round, and then an overhand right in the ninth caught the champion and decked him. However, both trips to the canvas were ruled slips by American referee Jay Nady. The scorecards read 120-108, and 119-109 twice, all for Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1 with 41 KOs) via unanimous decision. Diaz drops to 14-3-3 with 6 KOs.