By James Goyder
WBC ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is coming back for one last fight. The 40 year old, who is currently a trainer at Evolve MMA in Singapore, will be facing Koki Kameda in Tokyo on May 5th.
Pongsaklek (90-5-2) was the lineal flyweight world champion for a grand total of nine years. He last fought in 2013, claiming a unanimous decision win over Filipino journeyman Falazona Fidal at the end of a six round fight.
Kameda (33-2) will also be making a comeback. The 31 year old is a former WBA 108lbs, WBC and lineal 112lbs and WBA 118lbs champion who only suffered to defeats in his entire career, one of them at the hands of Ponsaklek.
Sources at Evolve MMA confirmed that the fight was booked and that Pongsaklek will conduct his training camp in Singapore. The gym us home to a who’s who of Muay Thai legends from Thailand so the 40 year old will be spoiled for choice when it comes to sparring partners.
In 2010 Pongsaklek beat Kameda by mixed decision to win the linear flyweight title. According to Asian Boxing this rematch also will take place in Tokyo, this time at the Korakuen Hall, and is set for 118lbs.
IN OTHER NEWS: By Elliot Foster - JOHN QUIGLEY is expected to come back stronger after losing for a second successive time.
The former Everton Red Triangle-trained super-featherweight, who changed his training setup in the build-up to his return from his maiden career loss, was knocked down twice as he was outpointed by Jono Carroll in Belfast last June.
Quigley came up against another Dubliner in the shape of Declan Geraghty in his first fight since experiencing defeat for the first time as a professional.
But he will have to bounce back once again after coming up short on the scorecards at the Guild Hall in Preston at the end of an enthralling showdown on Saturday.
The fight, shown on BoxNation, started with a bang –– literally –– as a clash of heads saw Geraghty cut by the right eye.
Quigley lost the first few rounds, by all accounts, but got back into it in the middle of the contest as ‘Gero’ was deducted a point for a foul in round six.
He gave a good go as the fight went on, but it wasn’t enough and Quigley, in defeat, slipped to 14-2 with three early, while Geraghty advanced to 17-2 with four quick.
The referee John Latham scored the contest 96 points to 93 in favour of Geraghty.