Friday, 2 November 2012

Wongjongkam to retire after shock KO defeat!

It's fair to say that things have gone terribly wrong for Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (87-5, 46 KO's) this year. After going almost five years without suffering defeat and fighting over 20 times in that period, the Thai was named the 'WBC Fighter Of The Decade' at the start of this year. Unfortunately, things haven't gone to plan since then...

In March of this year the 35-year old suffered a knockout loss to Sonny Boy Jaro (34-11, 24KO's) and lost his WBC flyweight belt. And then on Halloween (October 31st), it really was a scary night for the veteran. He suffered a shocking knockout defeat to unknown fighter Rey Migreno (18-20, 16KO's). Migreno, who has lost more than he has won, was a huge underdog going into the fight and was expected just to be a punching bag for Wongjongkam. But the Filipino changed his aggressive style and started to slip and counter his more experienced opponent early on. This frustrated Wongjongkam and eventually made him attempt to stand and trade with Migreno. This proved to be a big mistake as Migreno caught with a short right hand and sent him down early in the third. Wongjongkam rose to his feet, but only to take even more punishment and to be sent crashing to the canvas again. This time the referee stopped the fight realising that the 35-year old had nothing left.

Migreno is now the WBC International flyweight champion and is in the best position of his otherwise average career. 

Wongjongkam declared to the Thai media that he is closing the curtains on his long, successful and eventful career. We say farewell to a legend!

By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.

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