Ruenroeng makes successful fifth defense of IBF flyweight belt

Phil Jay 07/12/2015

Amnat Ruenroeng retained his IBF flyweight title for third time this year and fifth in total as the veteran completely dominated and out-worked Japan’s Myung Ho Lee.

The 35 year-old was comfortable throughout the contest to see out a 118-108, 117-109 (twice) victory on the scorecards.

Lee, 33, was never in the fight as Ruenroeng pretty much did what he wanted for the duration of what was another good performance from the champion.

Ruenroeng is currently campaigning in a hot division shared by fellow title holders Roman Gonzalez, Juan Estrada and former foe Kazuto Ioka, whom he defeated in May 2014.

A unification between the undefeated fighter and any of the trio would be most welcome – although Ruenroeng now seems to be getting comfortable in defending his belt on home soil.

Travelling to China to defeat amateur star Zou Shiming and Japan to beat Ioka had already proven Ruenroeng’s pound for pound credentials, but his latest triumph has finally seen the red belt holder break the World Boxing News Pound for Pound list for the first time in his career.

On the undercard, middleweight Manus Boonjumnong improved to 3-0 with a first round knockout of journeyman Jonatan Simamora, whilst Mike Tawatchai secured a unanimous twelve round decision over Galih Susanto.