Srisaket Sor Rungvisai remains on course for a third fight with either Juan Francisco Estrada or Roman Gonzalez


Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will be an interested observer of tonight’s (March 13) unification clash between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez

FORMER two-time WBC super-flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai remains on course for a shot at his old title later this year.

Headlining a Matchroom and Nakornloung co-promotion at the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun, Thailand, the heavy-handed southpaw forced his Thai compatriot, Kwanthai Sithmorseng, to retire after three rounds of a scheduled 10-rounder.

The bout opened with both fighters meeting in centre ring and exchanging blows, and neither man demonstrated a particularly sound defence. Srisaket, 34, followed up stiff jabs with arcing hooks to the ribs and corkscrew uppercuts to the jaw. Straight shots penetrated Kwanthai’s guard, as the 38-year-old from Bangkok attempted to stem the flow of punches coming his way by covering up and working his opponent’s midsection.

Although Kwanthai managed to get through with a few right-hand counters, the hits had little effect on Srisaket, who continued to ease himself into the fight by smoothly knitting his strikes together. Planting his feet with every punch thrown, the seasoned Si Sa Ket native calmly went about his business and gradually began to increase the speed and intensity of his attacks.

Switching his assaults from head to body and back again, Srisaket’s thumping two-fisted salvoes generated audible thuds around the arena in round two. Kwanthai tried in vain to protect himself and deter his rival with prodding singles, but the digs lacked spite for the most part.

Raising the tempo further in the third frame, Srisaket backed Kwanthai up to the ropes and pounded him with hurtful hooks both upstairs and down. The former WBA strawweight titlist replied with the occasional counterpunch that struck Srisaket, yet the menacing favourite remained unmoved and chillingly expressionless.   

In the closing minute of the session, Kwanthai found himself trapped in the corner and on the receiving end of a sustained bombardment. A trio of stern left uppercuts caused the outgunned veteran to drop down to one knee, where he glanced over at his team with a despondent look on his face.

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Despite having to swallow some clean clouts in the final 30 seconds, Kwanthai made it to the bell. However, with his left eye beginning to swell shut, his corner wisely decided to pull him out ahead of the fourth round.      

“I prepared very well for this fight, but I didn’t want to rush it in the early rounds,” Srisaket said afterwards. “I wanted to get some rounds in, in order to be prepared for the big fight later this year.”

The matchup that Srisaket is referring to is a clash with the winner of the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez rematch, which takes place tonight (March 13). Whoever prevails out of Estrada and Gonzalez will be crowned the unified WBC and WBA super-flyweight king. Having beaten Gonzalez twice, and recorded a victory and a defeat against Estrada, Srisaket knows both boxers better than most.  

“It’ll be a great fight between Estrada and Gonzalez,” the WBC No. 1 contender predicted. “Whoever prepared the best for this fight will win. I want Estrada to win just because we have unfinished business. I want the trilogy; I want to fight him one more time. All the best to both Estrada and Gonzalez for their fight. May the best man win. And to whoever wins, I’ll see you later this year.”



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