Japanese boxer Daisuke Naito lasted longer this time against Thai champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam but his renewed bid for a world title ended in the seventh round Monday in a rematch of their WBC flyweight fight.
Pongsaklek successfully defended his title for the 12th time when the referee called a stop to the scheduled 12-rounder 2 minutes, 38 seconds into the seventh round after a cut over Naito’s his right eye obscured his vision in the second round at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.
All three judges favored Pongsaklek on their cards.
Naito was trying to avenge a loss in 2002, when he was knocked out by Pongsaklek at 34 seconds of the first round.
The 28-year-old Thai improved to 58 wins, including 31 knockouts, against two losses while the 31-year-old Naito dropped to 27-2-2 with 19 KOs.
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