Pongsaklek Decisions Sales
By Scott Mallon (August 2, 2005)  
Long-reigning WBC flyweight king Pongsaklek (Kratingdaenggym) Wongjamkam, 57-2 (31), used his superior hand and foot speed to outpoint Filipino Mark Sales, 11-27-3 (2) Friday at the Porkungpao Restaurant, Udomsuk Branch, in Bangkok, Thailand.

In round one Pongsaklek launched a vicious body attack who almost immediately slowed down his opponent. By round two his attack had visibly begun paying off and in round three he opened a cut on Sales. The cut prompted checks by the ringside physician for the next three rounds and the outcome was never in question. A defiant Sales was game throughout the six round bout but was no match for the champion. All three judges’ scored the fight 60-54.

Wongjamkam had originally been slated to face Mexican KO artist Jorge Arce on the under card of the Christy Martin - Lucia Rijker fight however shortly before the bout was to take place Pongsaklek was to bow out of the clash. Pongsaklek’s camp has stated their reason for pulling out of the fight was financial however various other sources have declared the fighter simply didn’t want to make the long journey from Thailand to Las Vegas. With the win over Sales, Pongsaklek moves on to a possible September 10th bout in Tokyo. The Thai is undefeated in the past nine years and has defended his title twelve times.

The WBC placed Arce in an interim title bout in which he quickly destroyed Angel Priolo in three rounds. Arce will now meet Hussein Hussein October 8th on the undercard of Corrales - Castillo in a rematch of their March bloodbath in which Arce knocked out Hussein in round ten. A WBC official stated the reason for the interim title being held was due to Pongsaklek not having a valid reason (injury) for not defending his title against number one contender Arce.

Because of the pullout, the WBC flyweight division is now wide open and the future of Wongjamkam is uncertain. A fight with Arce is still possible however more than likely if the bout is to take place it will be in Thailand early next year. There is a possibility Wongjamkam will move up to Super Flyweight and meet newly crowned champion Masamori Tokuyama however at this point nothing has been finalized.

Also on the card, WBC #2 Super Flyweight Medgoen (Kratingdaenggym) Singsurat, 42-3 (29), overcame aggressive Filipino challenger Rodel (Kid) Orais, 13-16-1 (5), to retain the WBC's Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) title. Orais stormed out in round one, backing up Singsurat with power shots, scoring a knockdown and battering the Thai for the duration of the round.

With the encouragement of a somewhat startled Thai crowd, Singsurat pressed forward in round two, landing solid body shots which quickly drained the Filipino fighter. By the following round the aggression of the Thai had taken its toll on Orais who was subsequently knocked down three times by the marauding Singsurat before the referee called a stop to the bout at 1:08 of round three. Singsurat and Orais have previously met on two other occasions with Singsurat winning both encounters.

Flyweight Fahpetchnoi Sor Chitpattana moved to 9-0 in defeating Erik Rapada, of the Philippines over 6 rounds, Rapada had a point deducted for repeated holding and drops to 4-3.
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