Saenghi­ran looks to turn to WBO

Bangkok Post - - Sports - KITTIPONG THONGSOMBAT


Look­banyai could turn to the WBO af­ter be­ing knocked out by WBC chal­lenger Na­pa­pol Ki­ati­sak­chokechai.

Vic­tory earned Na­pa­pol a right to chal­lenge WBC su­per­ban­tamweight cham­pion Is­rael Vazquez of Mex­ico while Saenghi­ran, 27, has opted to go the WBO route.

Saenghi­ran man­ager’s At­tha­porn Tangnusart said the de­feat had made them reeval­u­ate their op­tions.

‘‘We were very dis­ap­pointed to have lost the fight es­pe­cially be­cause of how well Saenghi­ran boxed in the early rounds,’’ said At­tha­porn.

‘‘We are think­ing of chal­leng­ing WBO Daniel Ponce de Leon of Mex­ico and will be back in train­ing next week.

‘‘He needs two warm-up fights now be­fore tak­ing on Ponce de Leon.’’

The Mex­i­can (32-1, 29KOs) won the va­cant WBO su­per­ban­tamweight belt (122 pound) in the USA in 2005 when he took an unan­i­mous point vic­tory over Sod Looknongyang­toy of Thai­land.

He blasted Sod out in 53 sec­onds in his sec­ond defence.

The 27-year-old is now un­der the pro­mo­tion of Os­car de la Hoya and de­fended in Au­gust with a stun­ning firstround stop­page of high­lyrated Rey Bautista in Au­gust.

At­tha­porn said he also had a re­match with Na­pa­pol in mind.

‘‘Al­though Saenghi­ran was knocked out, the points on the score­card showed how well we were do­ing so we would fancy it again,’’ he said.

.’’Saenghi­ran was not at his best be­cause he took a two -month break from train­ing to have an op­er­a­tion for ap­pen­dici­tis in April.

‘‘Saenghi­ran ran out of steam be­cause he went it too hard in the early rounds.

‘‘The op­er­a­tion meant his stamina was not as high as usual.’’

Saenghi­ran Look­banyai

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