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Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Sirimongkol defends WBC super featherweight title

Associated Press

TOKYO -- Sirimongkol Singwancha of Thailand defended his World Boxing Council super featherweight title Monday with a 12-round unanimous decision over Choi Yong-soo of South Korea.

Sirimongkol hit Choi with a series of speedy jabs and rights and took command throughout the bout at Korakuen Hall.

There were no knockdowns.

"I am very happy to win my first defense," Sirimongkol said. "I thought the opponent wouldn't be able to keep up with me if I used my footwork."

The three American judges all scored the bout for the champion: Richard Flaherty and Lou Filippo scored it 119-109, and Julie Lederman had it 118-110.

Sirimongkol won the vacant super featherweight title in August by stopping Kengo Nagashima of Japan in the second round.

Sirimongkol improved to 40-1, with 23 knockouts. Choi slipped to 29-4-1, with 19 knockouts.