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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.

News photoJapanese boxer Daisuke Naito is bloodied during his WBC flyweight title fight with Thai champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam on Monday in Tokyo. Pongsaklek successfully defended his title for the 12th time.

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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