Over the past year or two Thai boxing has been on a visible slide with the country actually have 0 world champions. That changed today when former WBC Light Flyweight champion Kompayak Porpramook (50-4, 35) stopped Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez (20-6-1, 14) to claim the interim WBA Flyweight title.
The bout started well for Perez who had a good first round using his jab and movement to maintain a solid distance between himself and the Thai. Although the Thai fighter came back late in the round it was certainly a good round for the Venezuelan who was backing off the back foot well.
Sadly for Perez the success that Porpramook had late in the round grew through a very dominating second round that saw the Thai cutting off the distance excellently. Although Perez coped well with much of the pressure he did seem hurt at one point as Porpramook began to target the body, an effective tactic in the heat of Thailand.
Porpramook had continued success in round 3 as he walked through the attacks of Perez and seemed to wobble the Venezuelan who was just unable to keep Porpramook off him. At the end of the round the Thai seemed to be storming the fight having established himself mentally as the stronger fighter and as the aggressor.
Things took a turn in Perez's favour in round 4 as he worked hard and kept Porpramook from throwing too much back. Although Perez probably did enough to claim the round in terms of his work many of his attacks were ineffective as he landed on the gloves of the Thai who, whilst throwing much less, appeared to land the telling shot to the body as he continued his tactic of breaking down the co-challenger.
Having put a lot in to round 4 Perez was attacked hard in round 5 as the Thai looked for an early finish. Perez appeared hurt numerous times though saw out the storm as Porpramook went in for the kill. It was obvious that the pressure of Porpramook and the conditions were taking their toll on the Venezuelan who was starting to take a bit of a beating. The beating of round 5 continued into the next as Porpramook hurt Perez early then went on a sustained attack with Perez trapped in the corner before the referee was forced in to wave the bout off.