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Pradabsri retains WBC strawweight belt

Panya Pradabsri, who also uses the name Petchmanee C P Freshmart, retained the WBC strawweight belt for the second time when he outpointed former long-time champion Wanheng Menayothin over 12 rounds at the City Hall Ground in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, on Tuesday

The scores were 117-111 on all three judges’ scorecards. Using the WBC scoring system, after four rounds the score was 39-37 Menayothin and 38-38, 38. Pradabsri moved ahead 77-75, 78-74 twice after the eighth round. This was a rematch and a slugfest throughout, with very little in it through the first four rounds.

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However, the champion edged ahead after eight rounds and dominated round nine. The challenger tried desperately to catch up, but the champion finished strongly to take a hard-earned decision. The 31-year-old Pradabsri improved his record to 38-1; 23 and Menayothin, 36, saw his record drop to 55-2; 9.

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