By James Goyder

The title fight between Pungluang Sor Singyu and Marlon Tapales has been more than a year in the making and it didn’t disappoint with both men trading knockdowns before the Filipino turned the tables on the Thai to score a spectacular 11th round stoppage.

The long awaited fight took place at the Ayutthaya City park and neither man was able to gain a definitive advantage in the early exchanges. However Tapales’ superior speed was evident in the first two rounds as he looked to land quick combinations before circling away.

In round three Pungluang started to apply more pressure and succeeded in trapping the Flipino against the ropes and landing three right hands in quick succession. Tapales circled out and answered with a quick combination of his own with a right uppercut followed by a straight left cross.

It was Pungluang pushing the pace in the fourth as he jabbed through Tapales’ guard and followed up with a straight right downstairs. Again the reigning WBO 118 lbs champion was able to trap the challenger against the ropes and punish him with right hands to the body and head.

The drama intensified in the fifth as a right hook to the body from Pungluang sent Tapales to the canvass. The Filipino beat the count but he was badly hurt and the champion swarmed all over him, scoring a second knockdown with another right hand to the midsection.

Tapales took a long time to get to his feet and the referee looked like he might be about to wave the bout off but the brave Filipino continued. Pungluang threw everything he had at the southpaw who somehow managed to cover up long enough to see out the round.

The two knockdowns still left Tapales potentially a long way behind on the scorecards and he came out for the sixth round with his left elbow tucked in to protect that midsection. Pungluang seemed to be preserving energy as he stayed behind the jab but it was the Filipino who picked up the pace in devastating fashion.

Tapales started to put his combinations together with more confidence and a clubbing right hand from very close range dropped Pungluang. The Thai seemed to stumble to the ground and he bounced straight back up but his punch output dropped dramatically after the knockdown.

In the seventh Pungluang started to apply more pressure and a hard left to the body was answered with a blatant low from Tapales. The referee elected not to take a point and after a brief pause the Thai continued, finishing the round with a flurry of arm punches.

The action slowed significantly in the eighth and the ninth and by round ten Pungluang had virtually given up punching. Normally a pressure fighter, he spent almost the entire three minutes evading Tapales who landed a few right hands to the body.

At the start of the 11th Tapales landed two left hooks to the body followed by a straight left which crashed through Pungluang’s guard. The Thai was sent flying backwards and it was clear that this time he was not getting back up.

It seemed that either exhaustion or an accumulation of punches had taken their toll on Pungluang who simply had nothing left. For Tapales it represented a stunning comeback and the defining moment of a professional career which up until this point had been lacking only a world title.

The finish came just 30 seconds into the penultimate round and sees Tapales crowned as the new WBO 118 lbs champion. His record improves to 29-2 while Pungluang drops to 52-4 after suffering a first ever loss on Thai soil.–107121?print_friendly=1

Date:   Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Location:   Thailand

Promoter:    Pariyakorn Ratanasuban / Onesongchai Boxing Promotion

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Referee:  Ramon A. Peña

Judges:   Lisa Giampa, Chris Tellez,  Gerardo Martinez

Results:    The WBO Bantamweight Championship Title was won by Marlon Tapales when stopped  the champion Punluang Sor Singyu by KO in the 11th round.


May 9, 2016

Mrs. Pariyakorn Ratanasuban –  Pungluang Sor Singyu

Mr. Rex Wakee Salud – Marlon Tapales

Re: Friendly Reminder re WBO Bantamweight Negotiation Letter Between Pungluang Sor Singyu vs. Marlon Tapales


On March 11th 2016, a Sor Singyu vs. Marlon Tapales negotiation letter was sent giving the parties ten (10) days to negotiate. Then, on March 20th an extension request to finalize the agreement was received from Rex “Wakee” Salud. On March 22nd, a five (5) day extension was granted until Monday, March 28th 2016. Please inform us immediately the date of the bout.

Thank you.





The title bout was stopped in the seventh round as Pabustan suffered from excessive bleeding from a wound over his left eye. At the time, all the three ringside judges had scored 70-63 in favour of the…

At the time, all the three ringside judges had scored 70-63 in favour of the Thai champion.

It was the first successful title defence for Pungluang, who had claimed the vacant belt by beating Ryo Akaho of Japan in Ratchaburi in August last year.

Pungluang’s record improved to 52 wins against three losses, while Pabustan, ranked fifth in the division, slumped to 26 wins, six draws and three losses.

The Thai claimed the same title the first time by stopping AJ Banal of the Philippines in the ninth round in 2012 but lost it in his first defence against Paulus Ambunda in Namibia in March 2013.

“It was a tough and exciting fight for all the fans. Pabustan turned out to be tougher than we expected,” said Pungluang’s manger Pariyakorn Rattanasuban.

“Punglung is also strong and is hard to beat. I am quite satisfied with his performance.”

With a win over Pabustan, Pungluang now has a mandatory fight against Marlon Tapales, also from Philippines, lined up.

Tapales became eligible for the title crack, which has to take place within 90 days, after stopping Shohei Omori of Japan in the elimination fight in December.

“Definitely, we will bid to host the fight in Thailand,” said Pariyakorn.

“Pungluang still has some weaknesses and he needs to train a lot before fighting Tapales.” View our policies at and


Date:   Friday, February 12, 2016


Location:   Loei, Thailand

Promoter:    Onesongchai Boxing / Pariyakorn Ratanasuban

Supervisor:  Leon Panoncillo

Referee:  Raul Caiz Jr.

Judges:  Katsuhiko Nakamura (70-63); Kermit Bayless (70-63); Takeo Harada (70-63)

Results:  The Champion Pungluang Sor Singyu retained the WBO Bantamweight Title against Jetro Pabustan by TD in the 7th. round.

TV:   Thailand 7


By Boxing Bob Newman
Credits Photos: OneSongchai Promotions –

Pungluang Sor Singyu recently captured the WBO bantamweight crown for the second time when he stopped Japanese contender Ryo Akaho in two rounds on August 7 in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The big punching Thai raised his record to 51-3, 35 KOs with the win. Pungluang took some time to talk with Fightnews about recapturing the crown, his past losses, fighting abroad and his future in the ring.
(A special thanks to Dr. Siraphop Ratanasuban of One Songchai Promotions for his assistance with translating for the champ!)

Pungluang, congratulations on regaining the WBO Bantamweight title. How does it feel to be a world champion for the second time?

I am very happy.

Did you expect to score such a quick KO against your recent foe Ryo Akaho in winning the belt again?

No, Ryo is a good boxer. I just got lucky.

I want to go back to your start in boxing. You turned professional at age 16. Did you take the traditional road for many Thai boxers and begin in Muay Thai?

Yes. I fought 60 fights professional Muaythai before I turned to professional boxing.

Why did you decide to convert over to “Western” style boxing?

The promoter gives me good money and promised to make me world champion, as long as I train well.

In becoming WBO champion twice- you’ve won a vacant belt both times. Do you follow your co-champions Shinsuke Yamanaka (WBC), Randy Caballero (IBF), Juan Carlos Payano (WBA) and if so, would you be interested in unifying with any of them, to try and be recognized as the best in the division?

I would like to fight close by my country such as Japan first. For far away country, I am not so sure I want to go. I prefer to fight in Thailand.


All three of your losses have been on the road (Stephane Jamoye- SD10 in Belgium, Paulus Ambunda- UD 12 in Namibia and Tomoki Kameda- KO by 7 in the USA). Do you blame the long distance travel as a factor in those defeats?

Yes, I don’t like to fight overseas much. I love my hometown family to cheer me. I want to build more experience while I fight in Thailand first.

Do you feel the two decision losses- one split in Jamoye’s hoe town and one close unanimous in Ambunda’s home town were fair or did you feel you did enough to win?

I feel I was a bad boy. I did not train well and didn’t get ready for those fights.

If the money is right, will you be willing to travel abroad for more fights or would you rather have several fights at home where you feel more comfortable?

I would like to have several more fights at home to be more comfortable first.

In the Kameda fight, the scores were dead even after six rounds, with each of you leading on one score card and a draw on the third. You were stopped in the seventh round. How frustrating was that loss in such a close fight?

Yes, I did not train well in that fight. I deserve to lose.

At 27 years old, you are relatively young, but have been fighting for eleven years and have had fifty four fights. Do you feel like you are slowing down at all, or do you still have many years to go?

I feel I am a very young champion. I have a bright future ahead of me. I am in a climbing up period now.

With a 65% knockout ratio, power seems to be a big part of your game. Do you rely on your power to win a fight or do you feel you are a complete boxer?

I think I am power boxer. I love to KO and get audiences excited.

What is next for you in your first defense of your second title reign?

It is up to my promoter Madame Pariyakorn Ratanasuban. I do my job by keep training.

Any final thoughts or words to your fans both at home in Thailand and around the world?

Thank you everyone for cheering for me. I will work hard and not let my boxing fans get disappointed.

Date:   Friday – August 7, 2015


Location:  Bangkok, Thailand

Promoter:  One Sunshine Promotions

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo

Referee:  Robert Byrd

Judges:  Adalaide Byrd; Chris Flores; Patrick Morley

Results:   Pungluang Sor Singyu regains the Vacant WBO Bantamweight Title knocked out Ryo Akaho in round two.



Por: Hisao Adachi –

El próximo campeonato mundial del boxeo japonés tendrá lugar el 7 de agosto en Bangkok, Tailandia, en donde el agresivo pegador nipón, clasificado mundial gallo #1, Ryo Akaho(26-1-2/18KOs, de 29 años de edad y de Yokohama Hikari Boxing Gym de la ciudad de Yokohama) va a disputar el vacante título universal gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo(OMB o WBO) al tailandés #2 ranqueado de la OMB y ex campeon mundial, Pungluang Sor Singyu(50-3/34KOs, de 27 años de edad).

El bravo barretero japonés Ryo Akaho se pone con el lujo de entusiasmo y subraya que la pelea va a terminar por KO y se muestra confiado en acabar con el tailandés, ex monarca mundial, Pungluang Sor Singyu, a fuerza de su recio golpeteo en el ring de Tailandia, precisamente en el momento de intercambio de golpes sin rehuir la pelea.

Ryo Akaho dice que a él no le importa el lugar donde pelear y va a realizar una proeza en el ring de Tailandia demostrando su verdadero poder noqueador.   Ryo Akaho va a viajar a Tailandia el 2 de agosto y declara con seguridad de si mismo que va a regresar a Japón con la corona mundial y desea combatir con el campeón mundial japones Shinsuke Yamanaka(del CMB) en el futuro, ya que Shinsuke Yamanaka es considerado como el más fuerte campeón de peso gallo del momento.

c1_634364_620x413 Pungluang Sor Singyu, centre, is eyeing the vacant WBO bantamweight title.

Thai fighter says facing Japanese rival in Ratchaburi on Aug 7 in WBO title bout piling pressure 

Pungluang Sor Singyu made no effort yesterday to conceal his unease and openly acknowledged that he was under pressure while readying himself for the fight against Japan’s Ryo Akaho for the vacant WBO bantamweight title in Ratchaburi on Aug 7.

Pungluang, a former WBO champion who is ranked second in the division, claimed that boxing in front of his fans in Ratchaburi would not give him any real advantage over his opponent but will rather put him under more pressure.

“I am feeling the pressure a lot,” he said. “Everyone is suggesting that I have to win the title here,” said the fighter, who has so far sparred more than 100 rounds to prepare for the title bout.

“As for Akaho, we have studied his fights carefully. He is classic and very fast. What I can say is that he is not an easy opponent to beat.”

Pungluang (50-3-0, 34KOs) stopped AJ Banal in the ninth round to win the vacant title in the Philippines in October 2012.

However, in his first defence, he lost to Paulus Ambunda in Namibia in March 2013.

His manager Pariyakorn Rattanasuban said she had invested a lot of money to get the fight to be held in the country, but she was concerned about Pungluang’s fitness.

“I just hope he will be in a great shape for the fight and will not disappoint us,” she said. “I made a mistake last time by making him defend his title in Namibia even though he was not fit enough at the time.”

Akaho, who holds a record of 26-1-2 with 18KOs, is challenging for a world title for the second time after losing to then-champion Yota Sator in a WBC flyweight championship bout in 2012. The WBO title has been vacated by Tomoki Kameda of Japan.

On the undercard, veteran Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo will compete in the featherweight division for the last time before moving up to the super-featherweight class.


Pungluang Sor Singyu and his manager Pariyakorn

Former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu will take on Japan’s Ryo Akaho for the vacant WBO bantamweight title in Ratchaburi on Aug 7. 

The title was vacated by Tomoki Kameda, another Japanese fighter. Akaho (26-1-2, 18KOs) is the top challenger in the division while Pungluang (50-3-0, 34KOs) is ranked second.

Pariyakorn Rattanasuban, Pungluang’s manager, said although the bout would be held in Thailand her fighter would not enjoy a big advantage.

“All the judges are from the US,’’ she said.

Pungluang was crowned champion in October 2012 after stopping AJ Banal in the ninth round to win the vacant title in the Philippines.

He held the belt for only four months before losing to Paulus Ambunda in Namibia in March 2013.

The Ratchaburi native had a chance to win back the title last July but was stopped by Kameda in a mandatory fight in Las Vegas.

It will be Akaho’s second title shot after losing to compatriot Yota Sator in a WBC flyweight championship in 2012.

It is expected to be a tough assignment for Akaho as no Japanese boxers have won a world tile in Thailand.


Foto por: Eric Jamison / Artículo por Salvador Rodríguez

Tomoki Kameda derribó con un gancho de izquierda al tailandés Pungluang Singyu

LAS VEGAS — El japonés avecindado en México, Tomoki ‘Mexicanito’ Kameda, tuvo una dura prueba en su presentación en Las Vegas ante el tailandés Pungluang Sor Singyu, pero la pasó magistralmente con un estupendo gancho al hígado para acabar la pelea al minuto y 35 segundos del séptimo asalto.

Kameda retuvo el cetro gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo tras haber padecido por momentos en la pelea, aunque sacó la casta y acabó con la marca de la casa, el golpeo al cuerpo, que le rindió grandes frutos conforme se iba haciendo añejo el pleito.

El japonés arrancó muy nervioso la pelea, motivo de su debut en Las Vegas, no se podía asentar en el ring y el tailandés Pungluang aprovechó para meter fuertes combinaciones al cuerpo y hasta en el cuarto asalto logró hacerlo tambalear.

Sin embargo, con las indicaciones del mexicano Rubén Lira en la esquina, poco a poco fue asentando más su pegada, buscando al cuerpo, fintando y recorriendo el ring evitando los choques de poder, hasta que castigó sólido al al hígado con un gancho y sacó el triunfo.

Sor Singyu se fue a la lona de manera espectacular y se retorcía en la lona por el dolor, lo que hizo aún más dramático el final del pleito, con el que mejoró su marca a 30-0 y 19 nocauts. El tailandés se quedó con 46-3 y 31 nocauts.

Kameda y Sor Singyu iban empatados en la pelea en una de las tarjetas a 57 puntos, en otra iba ganando el tailandés por 58-56 y en la tercera el monarca iba arriba por 58-56, lo que habló de lo competitivo del duelo.

En las estadísticas finales, Kameda conectó 129 de 299 golpes tirados, mientras que Sor Singyu apenas 73 de los 293 que lanzó en el pleito.


Por Ludo Saenz L. Luaces en Ringside –

En una atracción especial del respaldo de la mega velada “Honor y Gloria: Canelo vs. Lara” que se realiza este sábado, en el MGM Grand Garden Arena, de Las Vegas, Nevada, Estados Unidos, bajo una promoción de Golden Boy Promotions y Canelo Promotions, el invicto japonés Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda, defendió con éxito su campeonato mundial gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), al noquear en el séptimo asalto al retador mandatorio de la OMB y OMB#1, el tailandés Pungluang Sor Singyu.

El tailandés salió ejerciendo presión en el primero, caminando hacia adelante y buscando el cuerpo con ambas manos. Kameda lo mantuvo a media distancia, detrás de su jab.

Kameda controlo el segundo, conectando sendas combinaciones arriba y abajo, aprovechando que Singyu habría mucho los abrazos, cada vez que lanzaba su ofensiva.

El tailandés logro acorralar a Kameda en las esquinas blanca y azul, conectando con la derecha e izquierda al cuerpo. El japonés lucia mejor cuando forzaba la pelea en el centro del ring.

Singyu tomo control del cuarto episodio, logrando retroceder al japonés con durísimos golpes al cuerpo. Kameda parecía lastimado por momentos, e incluso abrazo varias veces.

Cuando parecía que el tailandés disfrutaba la acción en el quinto, conectando a placer, Kameda lo paro en seco con un durísimo recto de derecha en el centro del ring. Singyu bajo la intensidad y Kameda aprovecho para soltar las manos, asestando combinaciones claras a la cabeza.

Kameda siguió manteniéndose a media distancia en el sexto, a toda costa, evitando los bombazos de derecha, abajo, del tailandés.

En el séptimo, el japonés repetía la dosis, pero sus manos llegaban con peligrosidad a la anatomía del retador. En un intercambio, Kameda conecto un perfecto gancho de izquierda al hígado, que dejo a Singyu retorciéndose de dolor en la lona. El réferi Russell Mora no termino el conteo de diez, declarando el nocaut efectivo.

“Nosotros estuvimos practicando en México esa mano izquierda al hígado,” dijo Kameda después de la pelea. “Sabíamos que teníamos que boxearlo los primeros seis asaltos, para cansarlo, ese era el plan. Nunca me lastimo.”

Jimmy Lennon Jr. anuncio el nocaut al minuto 1:35 del séptimo asalto. Tomoki Kameda realiza la segunda defensa exitosa de su título y mantiene su invicto intacto con 30-0 y 19 KOs. El ex campeón mundial Pungluang Singyu quedo con marca de 46-3 y 31 KOs.

Tomoki Kameda v Immanuel Naidjala - WBO Bantamweight Title

Tomoki Kameda landed a brutal liver shot that ended Pungluang Sor Singyu’s night on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara.

The WBO bantamweight title was on the line as a special pre-pay-per-view attraction before the Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara main card. Undefeated Tomoki Kameda was defending his title against former champion Pungluang Sor Singyu.

The bout was entertaining, but fought in front of a mostly empty arena as Las Vegas boxing crowds arrive late, so a pre-PPV bout wasn’t going to have much by way of fans in the stands.

Singyu was able to land some big shots and even badly hurt Kameda in round four. But Kameda appeared to be clearly up on the cards heading into round seven.

In round seven, Kameda landed some solid shots that cut Singyu around his left eye before landing a brilliant body shot at 1:35 of the round, freezing Singyu in place and causing him to collapse to the canvas in awful pain.

Singyu would not get to his feet as Kameda retained his title with a TKO.

It turned out that the official cards had the fight closer than most observers as it was a draw after six rounds, 58-56 Kameda, 58-56 Singyu and 57-57.

Date:  Saturday, July 12, 2014

WBO Bantamweight Championship Bout

Location:  MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Promoter:  Golden Boy Promotions

Supervisor:   Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  Russell Mora

Judges:  Patricia Morse Jarman, Richard Houck, Cathy Leonard

Results:  Champion Tomoki Kameda retains WBO Bantamweight Title against  Pungluang Sor Singyu by KO in the 7th. round.

TV:  USA Showtime


By Miguel Rivera –

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18KOs) is training very hard for the upcoming defense of his title against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31KOs) on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.


Kameda and Sor Singyu have a common opponent in Paulus Ambunda. The unbeaten Japanase boxer won his title from Ambunda, who holds a decision over Sor Singyu.


Kameda is currently training in Mexico with Cuban trainer Osmiri “El Moro” Fernández.





Date: March 2, 2013

WBO Bantamweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Windhoek, Namibia

Promoter: Nestor Tobias Sunshine  Boxing

Referee:  Paul Thomas

Judges:  Fernando Laguna (115-113), Manuel Oliver Palomo (116-112), Manfred Kuechler (116-112)

Supervisor:  John Duggan, Esq.

Result:  Won a 12-round unanimous decision over WBO Champion Pungluang Sor Singyu at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia.

Pungluang Sor Singyu will make the first defense of his WBO Bantamweight belt on March 2nd against the unbeaten Paulus Ambunda in Namibia.

The Thai fighter won the title by stopping AJ Banal in Manila earlier this year and will be putting a 43-1 record on the line when he takes on Ambunda who is 19-0 but has never fought outside of Namibia.

Despite having over twice as many fights Pungluang is eight years younger than the Namibian who is the WBO International Bantamweight champion and the WBO Africa Bantamweight Champion.

The fight is set to take place at Windhoek in Namibia.

By: James Goyder

Name: Zolani Tete
Alias: Last Born
Born: 1988-03-08 (Age:29)
Birthplace: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Hometown: Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 9″   /   175cm
Reach: 72″   /   183cm

Amateur Career

“I had more than 400 amateur contests and just three losses, one to my brother. We met in a provincial final. He was older and I was underweight. I was always very small and light. I had to put stones into my underwear to make the minimum 26KG (4st 1lb). I won three national gold medals and a bronze at the African zonal tournament but only had two or three senior bouts before turning pro.”

Regional & Minor Titles

  • World Boxing Foundation World flyweight title
  • WBO Africa flyweight title
  • WBO Africa super flyweight title
  • IBF International bantamweight title
  • interim WBO World bantamweight title

Career Factoids


  • Prior to his Sept. 29 2008 bout against Sergio Carlos Santillan, Tete collapsed in his home and suffered convulsions and an “epileptic fit” that caused his to temporarily lose consciousness. He was able to be brought around at the hospital, but after four days of testing, doctors still had no certain diagnosis as to what caused the episode. Due to eight months of inactivity, Tete was forced to relinquish his WBF flyweight title, but was eventually cleared to return to the ring.
MANILA, Filipinas  –  Campeonato mundial gallo de la OMB en juego en tres semanas.  El Filipino AJ “Bazooka” Banal y el Tailandés Pungluang SorSingyú disputarán el vacante título regular gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el próximo 20 de Octubre en el SM Mall of Asia Arena aquí en Manila, Filipinas, informo la empresa de boxeo ALA Promotions a Notifight.

La última vez que el titulo mundial gallo de la OMB estuvo en la palestra fue hace casi un año cuando Jorge “El Travieso” Arce lo ganó al vencer por decisión al indonesio Angky Angkota en Mazatlan, pero el cinturón nunca fue defendido y eventualmente El Travieso renuncio a él hace medio año.

Banal y Pungluang son los más altos clasificados en la OMB, siendo Banal el #1 y el Tailandes el #2.

Sin embargo, el mejor libra por libra en la división de las 118 libras es el panameño Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, super campeón gallo de la WBA.

Con 10 defensas exitosas, Moreno subirá a los super gallos a retar al invicto tapatio Abner Mares el 11 de Noviembre en el Staples Center en Los Angeles, California.


AJ “Bazooka” Banal ya disputó una corona del mundo.   Fue hace cuatro anos cuando enfrentó al ya retirado panameño Rafael “El Torito” Concepción por el vacante titulo interino super mosca de la AMB, siendo embestido por el Concepción.

Al inicio del décimo round Banal iba galopando por adelante por mas de cuatro y seis puntos en las tarjetas oficiales, de hecho recetándole una lluvia de cuero al canalero.  Pero “El Torito” Concepción nunca cedió y con golpes a la sección media noqueo a Banal ante el asombro y silencio de los Filipinos.

Lejos de amilanarse, Banal ha demostrado tesón y compromiso con el deporte del boxeo, cosechado triunfo tras triunfo, incluyendo victorias ante los mexicanos Mario “Maca” Briones, Cecilio Santos, “El Bule” Hidalgo y Pepe Beranza y a sus 23 anos años es el campeón Asia-Pacifico de la OMB.

En su último combate realizado en Julio, Banal supero al mediocre indonesio de 19 años Rubén Manakane en amplia decisión unánime, pelea en la que el indonesio corrió y rehuyó fuego durante los ocho rounds de acción.

Banal es un peleador zurdo de buen boxeo y aceptable velocidad quien prefiere el combate a la media distancia, pero no rehuye el golpe por golpe si es necesario.   Sin embargo prefiere la pelea de forma técnica sin exponer mas de lo realmente necesario.  Fue así como venció al espigado Mario Briones, un buen peleador original de Aguascalientes.


En tanto, el tailandes Pungluang SorSingyu (42-1, 27KO’s), de 24 años, ha sido campeón mundial juvenil del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), título que defendido exitosamente en cinco salidas, perdiendo finalmente el cinturón en su sexta defensa en apretada decisión dividida ante el entonces invicto Stephane Jamoye en Bélgica.

Pungluang, quien viene de noquear al Filipino Ricardo Roa en Julio, es el actual campeón juvenil Asia-Pacifico y a la vez que titular interino oriental de la OMB, cetro que ha defendido en tres ocasiones.

El Tailandes, quien pelea con la guardia diestra, es dueño de un muy buen jab que parece un recto de izquierda por su solidez y poder, el cual lanza con insistencia y habilidad.

Fue con esa arma letal que le reventó la retina al Filipino Marvin Tampus, pelea de titulo regional en Petchaburi, Tailandia presenciada en primera fila por Notifight.

El Banal-Pungluang es sin duda un buen combate de pesos gallo, división en la que reinaron inolvidables grandes del boxeo mundial como Carlos “El Cañas” Zárate, “El Puas” Rubén Olivares, Jorge “El Mocho” Lujan, Alfonso Zamora, Eder Jofre, Chucho Castillo y el inmortal Alfonso Teofilo Panamá Al Brown.

Miembro del Salón de la Fama, Panamá Al Brown, originario de Colon, Panamá, media 1.80m de estatura y era rápido y letal como el rayo.  Gano el campeonato mundial gallo en Nueva York en 1929 alcanzando el honor de ser el primer campeón del mundo nacido en Latino América.    Es considerado por algunos historiadores como el mas grande peso gallo.


En el combate preliminar a 12 rounds, el Mexicano Daniel Diaz enfrentara al clasificado mundial Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista de Filipinas por el cetro internacional pluma de la OMB.

El mexicano Diaz no esta clasificado, pero “Boom Boom” Bautista es el pluma #4 en la FIB y #11 en la OMB.

Bautista ha doblegado a peleadores latinos como El Cuate Ruiz, Miguel Angel Mendoza, Edén Márquez, Alejandro Barrera, Genaro Camargo, pero cuando le toco enfrentarse al bravo Daniel Ponce de León, cayo fulminado en el primer round.

El Ponce lo masacro en la primera vuelta en Sacramento, California.

Sera la gran oportunidad para que “El Cañerito” Diaz de Los Mochis, Sinaloa logre un importante triunfo en tierras extranjeras luego que su intento en Australia en Mayo pasado no saliera como el planeaba cuando el estadio en el que enfrentaba al invicto local Will Tomlison se quedara sin corriente eléctrica.

La luz no regreso al Melbourne Pavilion por lo que en la obscuridad hubo que irse a las tarjetas.   Lamentablemente, el Sonorense iba abajo en puntos y se decreto una decisión técnica a favor el Australiano.

Daniel Diaz solo espera que la corriente no se vaya también en Filipinas para que Los Mochis logre un triunfo resonante en la tierra de Manny Pacquiao.

La cartilla del 20 de Octubre es una producción de ALA Promotions que sera transmitida en diferido por el canal de televisión filipino ABS CBN y Notifight estara presente.

Poster del AJ Banal vs Pungluang SorSingyu por el vacante Titulo gallo de la OMB

Por: Carlos Costa

Pungluang Sor Singyu (42-1, 27 KO’s), Thailand’s No. 2 world ranked bantamweight is training with the Army in the ChoNburi province in preparation for his battle for the vacant WBO bantamweight title with No.1 ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (28-1-1, 20 KO’s) on October 20.

The title fight will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena along Roxas Boulevard and will be telecast by the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN over Channel 2.

Siraphop Ratanasuban, vice president of the  of the huge  OneSongchai Promotions outfit in Thailand told the Manila Standard that Pungluang “is now training very hard” in an army facility in Chonburi province and is being trained by a former Pan Asia Boxing Association champion whose name he did not mention.

He said Pungluang is sparring with several Thai boxing champions.

Ratanasuban described Pungluang as “a  fighter with a big heart and very disciplined.”

Banal has also been training rigorously for his second chance at a world title having lost by a stunning 10th round knockout to Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion in a bout for the WBA super flyweight Interim title in Cebu on July 26,  2008 while leading on the scorecards of all three judges at the time of the stoppage.

Banal has won eleven fights in a row since the loss to Concepcion. He is coming off a comfortable eighth round unanimous decision over Ruben Manakane in a tune-up fight last July 21 in Dumaguete City.

Pungluang is coming off his own tune-up fight last July 26 in Thailand when he defended his WBO Oriental title with a 5th round TKO over Filipino Ricado Roa.

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As though the battle for the vacant WBO bantamweight title between No.1 ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal and No.2 ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand isn’t attractive enough, famed ALA Promotions has put together a blockbuster undercard for the October 20 “Pinoy Pride XVII” at the MOA Arena on Roxas Boulevard.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told the Manila Standard that popular Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista will clash with Mexico’s Latino super featherweight champion Daniel Ruiz for the WBO International featherweight title while promising Jason Pagara will face off against Commonwealth Zonal champion Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine of Barbados for the WBO International junior welterweight crown.

Banal and Pungluang both promised fireworks on fight night with the tough Thai fighter who has disposed of 16 Filipino opponents including such talented boxers as Eden Sonsona and Marvin Tampus predicting he would knock out Banal in four rounds.

Appearing on a pre-fight special taped at the studios of ABS-CBN, Banal shot back that he will KO Pungluang in three rounds before both protagonists agreed to let their fists do the talking in the ring on October 20 and allow the predictions to stand until then.

Bautista (33-2, 25 KO’s) who is coming off a farce of a fight against a fake Genaro Garcia whom he knocked out in the 2nd round last March 3 is the reigning IBF International 126 pound champion having won nthe title with a 6th round knockout of Miguel Angel Mendoza on December 10, 2011.

Ruiz (27-5-1, 19 KO’s) on the other hand, won the vacant WBC Latino super featherweight title with a 2nd round knockout of Ricardo Castillo on December 10, 2011.

In his last fight on May 18 this year Ruiz lost a bizarre 8th round technical decision in an IBO super featherweight title fight to Australia’s Will Tomlinson when the lights went out at the Melbourne Pavilion and since power was not restored, officials decided to award the fight to the Aussie on the basis of the scorecards at the end of the 8th round.

Pagara (29-2, 18 KO’s) is coming off a crushing 6th round TKO victory in a rematch with rugged Mexican veteran Rosbel Montoya last August 18 to win the vacant WBO International title in which he dropped Montoya three times, the last a devastating shot to his upper arm which didn’t allow the Mexican to continue because of severe pain.

Pagara will go up against the undefeated Antoine (17-0-1, 9 KO’s) who won the vacant Commonwealth Zonal title with a ten round unanimous decision over undefeated Mark Austin on February 25, 2011 after which he won the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation lightweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Revlon Lake on February 25, 2012.

By: Ronnie Nathanielsz

Fighters AJ ‘Bazooka’ Banal, left, and Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand share light moments with Amy Pamintuan, STAR editor-in-chief, during their visit to The STAR office to promote their Oct. 20 WBO bantamweight title fight at the MOA.   JOEY MENDOZA

MANILA, Philippines – Animosity was evident as A. J. Banal and Pungluang Sor Singyu predicted they would leave nothing to chance and win convincingly by knockout in their 12-round battle for the vacant WBO bantamweight crown at the MOA Arena on Oct. 20.

The fighters trooped to The STAR office the other day and paid a courtesy call on editor-in-chief Amy Pamintuan. While appearing civil towards each other, the protagonists spewed venom in separate interviews.

Banal, 23, touched off the fireworks when he predicted a knockout win in the sixth or seventh round. When informed of Banal’s forecast, Pungluang laughed it off and said the Filipino will fall in four. Banal then said he’ll dispose of the Thai instead in three. It didn’t look like they were joking.

Pungluang’s manager Michel Do said the Thai has so far beaten 15 Filipinos in 16 fights with Elmar Franciso losing twice. “Banal will be the next victim,” said Do. “We’re not afraid of losing by hometown decision because we’ll make sure it doesn’t go the distance.” Pungluang’s last five opponents were all Filipinos.

Do said Pungluang’s Muay Thai background is an advantage. “He had about 20 Muay Thai fights and that experience made him tough,” said Do. “He’s not scared of anyone, certainly not Banal.”

Pungluang, 24, said Banal is no better than the slew of Filipinos he has dispatched. “Banal doesn’t hit hard,” he said. “I’ll admit he’s faster than any of the Filipinos I’ve fought before but that doesn’t mean I won’t be able to knock him out. My trainer (Taweewat Islam) is from the military and was Manus Boonjumnong’s coach when he won the Olympic gold medal in the lightwelterweight division in 2004. He is an expert in training amateur fighters and I will be his first professional world champion.”

Pungluang said it doesn’t bother him that Banal is rated No. 1 and he is No. 2. “Ratings don’t mean a thing to me,” he said. “You can be No. 5 or No. 6 and still become a world champion. I fought only once away from Thailand and I lost a split decision (Stephane Jamaye) in Belgium in 2009. I was robbed of the decision but now, I know better. Fighting in Manila won’t be a problem. The weather is the same in Bangkok and the time difference is only an hour. I’ll be back five or six days before the fight and I’ll be ready for Banal.”

Pungluang and Do flew in from Bangkok last Saturday. They appeared in press conferences in Cebu and Manila and will do the rounds of TV shows before returning home this weekend.

Banal said he has sparred over 40 rounds so far with hardened veteran Michael Domingo and former Oriental superbantamweight champion Roli Gasca. “I’ll be the first Filipino to beat him,” said Banal. “When I hit him, he’ll go down. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to win. If he counters, I’ll counter back. I prefer to move in, push him to the ropes and corners. I’ve fought some of the world’s best. Whom has he fought? Fighting at the MOA Arena is fine because there’s more pressure for me to win in Cebu. I’ll go early the day of the fight, get a feel of the ring and adjust my eyes to the lights.”

Banal said he has studied Pungluang’s style in videos. “I watched his fights against Eden (Sonsona), (Danilo) Peña and Marvin (Tampus),” he said. “He’s flat-footed. He likes to throw a left jab followed by a right straight. He has a good left hook and uppercut. Sometimes, he moves in, sometimes, he just counters. I prefer moving in than countering. I’ll pace myself. I used to run out of gas in the late rounds. This time, I worked hard in the gym to build my stamina. If there’s an opening in the first round, I’ll go for a quick knockout. If not, I’ll be patient. I’ll work the body until he’s ready to go.”

Banal has won 11 in a row since losing to Panama’s Rafael Concepcion by a late stoppage in a bid for the interim WBA superflyweight crown in Cebu in 2008. It’s the only blemish in his record of 28-1-1, with 20 KOs, compared to Pungluang’s mark of 42-1, with 27 KOs.

By: Joaquin Henson

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer says AJ “Bazooka” Banal (26-1-1, 19 KO’s) is being lined up for a possible WBO Interim bantamweight title fight against Thailand’s No.1 world ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu who has an impressive record of 38-1 with 26 knockouts, many of them against Filipinos.

The solidly built Thai stopped Marvin Tampus in six rounds, Paul Apolinario, Freddie Martinez and Elmar Francisco in two and Joel Rafols in the first round. Pungluang won the WBO Asia Pacific Interim title with a 2nd round TKO of Nathan Bolicio last October 11 and won the Youth title with a 1st round knockout of Jilo Merlin on October 31, 2009.

Aldeguer told the Manila Standard that during the recent WBO Convention in Puerto Rico he started to “open up discussions” with WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo about a possible interim title fight, ”hopefully in March 2012.”

The interim title fight loomed after reigning WBO/WBC champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire announced he is moving up to campaign as a super bantamweight following his shutout win over two division champion Omar Andres Narvaez of Argentina last October 22 at the Theater in Madison Square Garden.

Although there are also possibilities of the talented southpaw Banal fighting for the No.1 mandatory spot in the IBF, Aldeguer said “for now, the focus is on the WBO not the IBF, but we will study the best option.”

Aldeguer informed us he would discuss the planned interim title fight with ABS-CBN vice president for Sports Peter Musngi before sending the WBO president a formal letter.

Aldeguer is in Los Angeles and plans on visiting the gym of Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia who informed us that he would be ready to train Banal beginning next year since he is currently in Mexico working with Antonio Margarito.

Aldeguer who visited Garcia’s gym in the past said he would “still be passing by his gym to see the place again and prepare a place for Team Banal to stay when he starts training with Robert January of next year.” He added “definitely, whatever happens Banal will be training in the US next year. We feel that Robert is the right guy for Banal and maybe in the future for some of our other fighters.”


By Ronnie Nathanielsz