ANOTHER Filipino inflicted a shocking loss on legendary Thai boxer Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. And this one was a more telling blow to the career of the man just recently adjudged the `Fighter of the Year’ by the World Boxing Council.
Little-known Rey Migreno scored a spectacular third-round technical knockout Wonjongkam and sent the vaunted Thai fighter into retirement in their Halloween 12-round match in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Wongjongkam announced that he’s finally hanging up his gloves shortly after the match where the WBC international flyweight title was at stake.
The end came at the 2:05 mark of the third round when Migreno sent Wonjongkam down to the canvas for the second time following a barrage of punches. Referee Noppharat Sricharoen stopped the fight without bothering to count, according to a report coming from Bangkok.
The loss was the second straight Wonjongkam suffered at the hands of a Filipino.
Early this year, Sonny Boy Jaro stunned the 35-year-old boxing world when he demolished the Thai great inside six rounds to wrest the WBC flyweight championship. Jaro knocked down Wongjongkam five times before the fight was stopped.
Wonjongkam reigned as WBC champion from 2001-07 and defended the title 17 times before losing to Daisuke Naito in a 12-round unanimous decision.
He regained the title a year later by beating Naito through points and defended it five more times until he crossed paths with Jaro in their fight in Chonburi, Thailand.
The Thai won the WBC interim flyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Hyobu Nakagama just last August.
Against Migreno, Wonjongkam appeared to be holding his own for the first two rounds until a right hook by the Filipino sent the Thai reeling down the canvas in the middle of the third.
Wonjongkam appeared to be shaken but managed to get up. But the Filipino rushed forward and went for the kill, connecting with several heavy blows to the face of the Thai, who went down for the second time that signaled the end of the fight.
The Thai finished his colorful 18-year career with an overall record of 87-5-2, with 46 KOs. It was his first loss against Migreno in three fights – winning the first two by unanimous decision and a first-round stoppage.
In winning the biggest fight of his career, Migreno improved to 18-20-3 with 16 KOs.