Pongsaklek Wonjongkam retained his world flyweight championship via technical draw in 47 seconds against Hirofumi Mukai this morning in Bangkok, while Kompayak Porpramook won the WBC junior flyweight belt with a stoppage of Mexico's Adrian Hernandez.
Jake Donovan is calling the Hernandez-Kompayak fight a "surefire Fight of the Year contender," describing the bout as a toe-to-toe war fought at close range before Kompayak closed the show in the 10th round, sending Hernandez down on a series of right hands. Hernandez was unable to beat the count.
Kompayak (44-3, 30 KO) is the latest in a series of breakout names from Thailand this year, joining Suriyan Sor Rungvisai and Tepparith Singwancha as guys who have made names for themselves with quality wins in 2011. For Hernandez (22-2-1, 14 KO), it's obviously a tough loss, but it sounds like he fought a hell of a fight, one where there are no true losers.
Pongsaklek (83-3-2, 44 KO) and Mukai (5-1-1, 0 KO) clashed heads early and though the physicians gave it a good look, the cut on Mukai was ruled too severe. Pongsaklek was a heavy favorite in the fight, but Mukai's small amount of fights don't give his talent quite enough credit, as he's certainly far better than the usual stiffs the flyweight champ fights in similar situations, as he's been in the ring with Rocky Fuentes (L) and Sonny Boy Jaro (W) already in his young career.