Tawatchai Decisions Pumar In Cut-Shortened Bout
By James Goyder
Mike Tawatchai mounted a successful defence of his IBF Asia 122 lbs title in North East Thailand this afternoon winning a unanimous decision victory over Boy Pumar after the fight went to the scorecards midway through the seventh round with the doctor ruling that the Filipino super bantamweight was unable to continue due to a cut above his eye.
Pumar was a potentially awkward opponent for Tawatchai, who had never lost a fight on home soil, but by the third round the Thai boxer was starting to punish his tall, rangy southpaw opponent with a barrage of hard right hands.
Blood from a wound which had apparently been caused by an accidental headbutt began to pour from the outside of Pumar’s left eye and the Filipino seemed increasingly hesitant to engage Tawatchai who was making the second defence of the lightly regarded belt he won last year.
In the fifth round Pumar started to go to the body and had some success, trapping Tawatchai against the ropes and landing a right hook to the midriff followed by a right hook to the head which sent the Thai fighter stumbling backwards but the referee decided it was a slip.
Sensing weakness Pumar looked to punish the body of Tawatchai in rounds six and seven but his punches were telegraphed and the Thai was able to easily evade them and counter with some short sharp right hands which stopped the lanky Filipino in his tracks.
Tawatchai’s glove touched the ground again in the seventh but the referee ruled it a slip again and moments later the fight was interrupted so that the doctor could attend to the wound by Pumar’s left eye which was pumping blood onto his face.
The doctor promptly called off the fight and as the cut was not caused by a cut we went to the scorecards with the judges seeing it 68-66, 69-65 and 69-65 in favour of Tawatchai whose record improves to 33-7-2 while Pumar drops to 10-6-3.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines LaRon Mitchell Stops Epifanio Mendoza in Three Rounds Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter: Pre-Fight Report Card Ricardo Rodriguez Beats David Quijano in Boxeo Telemundo Canelo's Manager Taking Smith Serious, Expects Dangerous Fight Photos: Vargas Rubs Shoulders With Mayweather at BWAA Awards Canelo's Manager To Critics: We're Back To Our Natural Weight! Kenny Porter Not Concerned With Layoff as Thurman Shot Nears Arum: Thurman-Porter is Good Fight, Hope it Gets Good Rating Thurman Reflects on His Long Journey, Lessons Along The Way Video: Jessie Vargas Talks Kell Brook, Thurman vs. Porter Photos/Weights: PBC on NBCSN - Justin DeLoach-Junior Castillo Photos: Mike Alvarado vs. Josh Torres, Korobov-Vera Weighin DiBella Breaks Down Thurman-Porter, Isn't Sure Who Wins Povetkin, Ryabinsky To Hold Meeting With WBC Next Week Liam Smith: I Will Shake Up The World When I Beat Canelo Groves Explains His Version of Events in Golovkin Sparring Tale Photos: Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter Ready For Barclays War Weights from Brooklyn: Porter Strips to 147, Thurman at 146 Liam Smith vs. Canelo Alvarez - Fight Poster Revealed Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith Finalized at 154, 9/17 on PPV Fury To Klitschko: I'm Hitler? You Stupid F***ing Ukrainian Pr*ck! Golden Boy VP Reacts To Arum, Insists Pacquiao vs. Broner is On! Video: Sky Sports Crew Discuss Klitschko vs. Fury Postponement Video: Joshua-Breazeale, Groves-Murray, Eubank-Doran Weighin Jason Sosa Drills Javier Fortuna in Eleventh, Grabs WBA Title Eubank Jr: I Didn't Want To Take Off Underwear, Scare Everyone Photos: Anthony Joshua, Dominic Breazeale Ready For Battle Felix Diaz-Levan Ghvamichava Tops PBC on FS1, July 12 Photo: Tyson Fury's Badly Bruised, Sprained Ankle Injury Felix Verdejo-Jose Felix Likely For October - If Pacquiao Returns Fury Rolls Ankle, July 9 Klitschko Rematch Postponed Thurman Warns: Stop Protecting Your Record Like Mayweather! Arum: Golovkin vs. Ramirez, We Have Deal in Principle For 2017 Groves Explains Boost With McGuigan as Murray Bout Nears Anthony Joshua Willing To Help Joe Joyce Learn, Keep Active Andy Vences: I Have To Be at My Best To Win UniMas Bout Video: Kenny Porter on Tactics For Keith Thurman, More Eubank Sr: No Way Does My Son Lose To Gennady Golovkin! Golovkin's Trainer: Kovalev Will Punish Ward, May Stop Him Keith Thurman: I Have a Burning Desire To Knock Porter Out!
Latest Boxing Video Video: Jessie Vargas Talks Kell Brook, Thurman vs. Porter Video: Sky Sports Crew Discuss Klitschko vs. Fury Postponement Video: Joshua-Breazeale, Groves-Murray, Eubank-Doran Weighin Video: Kenny Porter on Tactics For Keith Thurman, More Video: Lou DiBella Discusses Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Video: Arum Discusses Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko, More Video: Anthony Joshua Ready To Drill Breazeale Like Martin Video: Bob Arum Discusses Kell Brook vs. Jessie Vargas Video: Wladimir Klitschko Cracks Away on The Pads Video: Shawn Porter on Thurman Relationship, Mayweather
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads