FULFILLING DREAMS: THE NEW WBC MINI-FLYWEIGHT KING

12 Apr 2018


Last weekend (Sunday, April 8th) in the wondrous city of Tokyo Japan, a new WBC MuayThai world champion was crowned - when the home favorite outgunned, outflanked and outthought his Thai opponent to win the vacant WBC mini-flyweight (105 lbs, 47.627 kg) world championship title.

The contest took place at Tokyo’s Differ Ariake Arena between Thailand’s Tuantong Singmanee and Japan’s Nadaka EIWA Sports — prior to this contest both of these young men had built up impressive resumes at Bangkok’s elite MuayThai stadiums.

Both combatants weighed in on Saturday under the 105lbs weight limit and the scene was set for the highly anticipated world title contest.

The Fight Itself:

The opening bell rang and it was Thailand’s Tuantong who looked to set the tone for the fight when he launched a thunderous step in elbow — but it was the southpaw Nadaka who really set the contest alight, when he loaded up the big gun and unleashed a ferocious left punch to send Tuantong crashing to the canvas for a referee’s eight count.

Tuantong looked visibly shaken from this point onwards and his Japanese opponent continued to find his rhythm, looking to setup a continuation of well executed shots and yet again caught his Thai foe with a venomous left hand, to once again send Tuangtong to the canvas for his second eight count of the opening round.

As the fight continued into the middle stages of the contest it was Nadakas excellent ring control and at times crisp execution of his lethal knee strikes which helped solidify his claim on the 105lb crown.

There were brief moments when Tuantong found a sense of urgency to chase the much wanted victory, but it was always going to be a case of ‘Too little too late’ for the combatant from Thailand, as the Japanese warrior (who had a dream as a 13-year old kid to win a coveted WBC MuayThai world title) had his hand raised in magnificent triumph, to capture the beautiful green and gold beauty, and in doing so he followed in the footsteps of his hero Saenchai PK Saenchai, in winning an aforementioned WBC belt.

The official judges scorecards: 49-46, 50-45, 50,44

Words By: Kevin P Noone

Photograph's courtesy of: Yuichiro Suzuki


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