Srisaket Sor Rungvisai cleared his path to face the winner of tonight’s exciting Estrada-Chocolatito 2 fight, by securing a TKO victory against Ekkawit Songnui in Bangkok.
Rungvisai looked calm and relaxed, starting fast with a high punch output, but showing respect to former WBA ‘Regular’ champion Ekkawit Songnui. The high volume of punches from SSR didn’t take long to trouble Songnui, who resembled a punching bag rather than a fighter.
The hard-hitting 34-year-old found himself doing target practice against his outclassed opponent, but did leave himself open at times, before an uppercut followed by a barrage of hooks forced Songnui to take a knee with 30 seconds left of the round, which marked the beginning of the end.
It was clear Songnui wouldn’t be able to do anything to turn the tide, and we knew this really before the fight had even started, so I respected the corner for pulling him out at the end of the third session. Sometimes bravery simply isn’t needed.
For Rungvisai, he can now sit back and watch the huge rematch between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez tonight. He’s the number one contender and will be watching their contest with a keen interest.
His performance on Friday night showed to me that motivation doesn’t appear to be an issue. He showed dedication to make the 115lbs limit, when he could’ve very easily fought at a catchweight.
It gives us high hopes that SSR will give his very best, when he inevitably meets the winner of tonight’s enthralling unification clash.
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