|The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire|
January 30, 2001
KOREAN CHOI KEEPS WBC LIGHT FLY TITLE BY CLEAN 7TH ROUND KO OVER SORJATURONG
by Joe Koizumi
SEOUL, KOREA-Slick-punching Korean Yosam Choi, 107 3/4, displayed his great improvement and impressively kept his WBC light flyweight throne as he effectively battered ex-champ Saman Sorjaturong, 106 1/4, Thailand, and floored him with a single solid jab for the count at 1:17 of the 7th round at Central City Millennium Hall.|
This impressive victory raised his ledger to 22-1, 11 KOs, and Sorjaturong dropped to 45-4-1, 34 KOs.
Sorjaturong, 31, failed to regain his title he had lost to the Korean here in October, 1999. Choi, 28, took the initiative from the start with his accurate combinations and tight defense, though Sorjaturong often attempted to land his vaunted power punches.
Choi occasionally had him at bay with sharp and strong combinations to the face and midsection, sweeping all rounds prior to the stoppage. The champ made him groggy with a fusillade of punches, as he was stalking him from pillar to post in the 6th.
A well-timed jab of Choi, midway in the 7th, had Sorjaturong down on the deck probably because it gave pain to his right optic. The Thailander could not pull himself to beat the count of Mexican referee Lupe Garcia.
Socred after the 6th: Marty Denkin (US) and Malcolm Bulner (Australia) both 60-54, and Masakazu Uchida (Japan) 60-53, all in favor of the vastly improved Choi.
Former WBA super-feather champ Jongkwon Baek, 136 1/2, dug a wicked left hook to the side of the belly, dropping Thailander Saerit Saenkaew, 136 1/2, for the count in the 5th of a scheduled 10. Baek had forfeited his WBA belt to Joel Casamayor via TKO route in the US. It was not an easy bout before a trick suddenly happened, as the Thailander showed his good retaliations against a seemingly overmatched ex-champ to win the praise of the crowd.
Promoter: Madam Yongja Shim’s Viva Promotions.