Amnat Ruenroeng survived a sixth round knockdown to keep hold of his IBF flyweight title courtesy of a split decision victory over Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo in Thailand.
The 34 year-old was making the second defence of the title he won in January of this year at the Liptapanlop Hall and will be grateful to have been given the verdict by two of the three ringside judges.
In a scrappy affair, Arroyo looked to be getting better of the early exchanges, but once Ruenroeng tasted the canvas, he tried his best to battle back and give the home crowd something to cheer.
Arroyo, 28, was fighting outside his native country for only the third time in his career, and first in four years, although was never overawed and can count himself unlucky not to pick up his first world title.
Ruenroeng was given the win 115-114, 114-113, 113-114 in the end and Arroyo can certainly lay claim to a rematch after what was a tight clash – which was only edged on a wafter thin decision.
With the loss, Arroyo drops to 14-2, whilst the champion pushes his imrpessive record to 15-0 and holds an eye-catching triumph over Kazuto Ioka.
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