2 Dec 2011

Fabio Pinca cover Muaythai Boxing News

WBC world champion Fabio Pinca will defend his Thai Fight welterweight title against Kem Sitsongpeenong in Bangkok on 18 December.

And Thailand's "national treasure" Buakaw Por Pramuk will face off Australian challenger Frankie Giorgi for the Thai Fight super welterweight title.

In the preliminary finals last Sunday Buakaw KO'd Mickael Piscitello with an elbow attack in the last of three rounds.

Piscitello had some heated exchanges but Buakaw maintained his aggression and was ahead on points before delivering a classic right elbow strike.

Frankie Giorgi and Abraham Roqueni fought a thrilling three rounder that was even throughout. Giorgi used his body size to overpower Roqueni in the first round but the Frenchman peppered Giorgi in the second with repetitious punches.

The last round was tight with Roquini using speed in the ring while Giorgi showed dominating strength in the grapple.

It seemed that Roquini would get the points decision but - not to be denied - Giorgi produced a final 10 seconds blitz with forward grappling knee strikes and forced Roquini onto the ropes. This last ditch attack was enough for the judges to give Giorgi the winning edge.

Fabio Pinca gave notice to Kem that he intends to win successive Thai Fight championships with a impressive display using his precision Muay Thai mastery against Mosab Amrani.

Amrani challenged the French champion for all three rounds but Pinca was more accurate and used superior technique to build up a winning score.

Pinca is a master of tight grappling and will be a tough test for Kem Sitsongpeenong who won two soft contests to get into the grand final.

Kem couldn't put the pint-sized Korean Dongsu Kim away despite some desperate elbow attacks that failed to land on target. Kim got in some pepper punches but was overwhelmed by Kem's much bigger body in the clinches.

After delays due the floods, the grand finals are now set with Buakaw a strong favourite to beat Giorgi but it's an even bet that Kem can take the honours from the defending champion Pinca.

If it goes the distance Kem will be the likely points winner, so Pinca will be looking for a KO in the 5 rounds championship.

Thai Fight preliminary finals:

154lb (70kg) tournament:
Buakaw Por. Pramuk (Thailand) beat Mickael Piscitello (France) TKO
Frankie Giorgi (Australia) beat Abraham Roqueni (Spain) W3

147lb (67kg) tournament:
Kem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) beat Dongsu Kim (South Korea) W3
Fabio Pinca (France) beat Mosab Amrani (Netherlands) W3

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