Amnat Ruenroeng

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Amnat Ruenroeng
Real name Amnat Ruenroeng
Nickname(s) xị̂ h̄nùm wịfị (ไอ้หนุ่มไวไฟ)
"Flammable Young Man"[1]
Rated at Flyweight
Height 5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)
Reach 69.5 in (177 cm)
Nationality  Thailand
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 37)
Amphoe Si Racha, Chonburi Province
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 18
Wins 17
Wins by KO 5
Losses 1

Amnat Ruenroeng (Thai: อำนาจ รื่นเริง; IPA[ʔām.nâːt rɯ̂ːn.rɤ̄ːŋ]; born December 18, 1979) is a Thai professional boxer who held the IBF flyweight title from 2014 to 2016.

Amateur career[edit]

Ruenroeng began boxing while serving a fifteen-months prison sentence for robbery. In 2007, he won a Thai national title in the Light Flyweight division, and was released from prison for good behaviour the following day. He won a bronze medal as a junior flyweight at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago. He had lost in the semi-final to Philippines southpaw Harry Tanamor.

Ruenroeng took the gold medal at the King’s Cup in Bangkok in 2008 after defeating Kazuto Ioka in the semifinal.[2] He subsequently qualified to represent Thailand at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Ruenroeng made his professional debut in 2012. On 22 January 2014, he won the vacant IBF Flyweight title by defeating Rocky Fuentes. In his first defense, he traveled to Japan and earned a split decision over undefeated two-division champion Kazuto Ioka, who was making his flyweight debut. In his following fight, he defeated Puerto Rican challenger McWilliams Arroyo by split decision. On March 7, 2015, he earned a unanimous decision over undefeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming.

Ruenrong vs Casimero

IBF flyweight titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng retained his belt with a 12-round decision win over Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, June 27.

Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 knockouts) was credited with two knockdowns against Casimero (21-3, 13 KOs), beginning with a counter right in Round 2 that caught the 25-year-old from Ormoc City lunging in. A second knockdown was called in Round 7 when Casimero was pushed into the ropes by Ruenroeng following a glancing right hand.

Casimero appeared to knock Ruenroeng down in Round 3 when a counter left hook caused his glove to touch the canvas, but referee Larry Doggett ruled it a slip.

The fight was marred by excessive clinching and over a dozen throwdowns by Ruenroeng. Doggett issued five warnings before finally taking a point from Ruenroeng in Round 11.

“Amnat made the strategy how to win easy. It was not a dirty fight,” said Ruenroeng’s trainer, Aljoe Jaro, who claims Casimero had hit Ruenroeng in the leg during the fight.

“About the throwing down, that’s not an issue. Casimero was also playing dirty. Amnat was doing his job as a boxer how to win.”

The roughhouse tactics detracted from an otherwise crafty, resourceful performance from the Thai incumbent champion, whose jab disrupted the rhythm of Casimero, who held the IBF junior flyweight title for two years before being stripped last year for failing to make weight for his fight with Mauricio Fuentes.

Casimero was the aggressor for the final 3 rounds, desperately trying to score a knockout to erase the deficit he found himself in.

Ruenroeng, 35, has now defended his belt four times successfully since winning it in January 2014 with a victory over Filipino contender Rocky Fuentes.[4]

Ruenrong vs Casimero II

On May 25, 2016 in Diamond Court of the National Tennis Center, Beijing China, Ruenroeng fought Casimero again in a rematch for the IBF flyweight title and loss via knockout with a vicious body shot in the 4th round, ending Ruenroeng's undefeated streak.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
18 fights 17 wins 1 loss
By knockout 5 1
By decision 12 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
18 Loss 17–1 Philippines Johnriel Casimero KO 4 (12), 2:10 25 May 2016 China Diamond Court, Beijing, China Lost IBF flyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Japan Myung Ho Lee UD 12 7 Dec 2015 Thailand Hua Hin Centential Club, Hua Hin, Thailand Retained IBF flyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Philippines Johnriel Casimero UD 12 27 Jun 2015 Thailand Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand Retained IBF flyweight title
15 Win 15–0 China Zou Shiming UD 12 8 Mar 2015 Macau The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR Retained IBF flyweight title
14 Win 14–0 Puerto Rico McWilliams Arroyo SD 12 10 Sep 2014 Thailand Liptapanlop Hall, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Retained IBF flyweight title
13 Win 13–0 Japan Kazuto Ioka SD 12 7 May 2014 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan Retained IBF flyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Philippines Rocky Fuentes UD 12 22 Jan 2014 Thailand Liptapanlop Hall, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Won vacant IBF flyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Japan Takuro Habu TKO 4 (12), 1:37 16 Aug 2013 Thailand Viphavade, Surat Thani, Thailand Retained IBF Asia flyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Indonesia Ricky Manufoe TKO 4 (12) 21 Jun 2013 Thailand Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand Retained IBF Asia flyweight title
9 Win 9–0 Philippines Julius Alcos UD 12 19 Apr 2013 Thailand Trairatanakon Temple School, Chaiya, Thailand Won vacant IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Philippines Michael Rodriguez UD 12 15 Feb 2013 Thailand Wat Promthamnimit, Chom Bueng, Thailand Won vacant IBF Asia flyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Philippines Geboi Mansalayao TKO 7 (10) 26 Dec 2012 Thailand Rajapark Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
6 Win 6–0 Philippines Danilo Pena UD 6 16 Nov 2012 Thailand Pang Mu School, Maehongson, Thailand
5 Win 5–0 Philippines Wilber Andogan TD 6 (10) 19 Oct 2012 Thailand Ladprao, Bangkok, Thailand
4 Win 4–0 Indonesia Safwan Lombok TKO 5 (8) 17 Aug 2012 Thailand Trat City Sports Centre, Trat, Thailand
3 Win 3–0 Philippines Lowie Bantigue PTS 6 20 Jul 2012 Thailand Baan Khao Hom School, Chantaburi, Thailand
2 Win 2–0 Indonesia Jemmy Gobel PTS 6 27 Jun 2012 Thailand Taweethapisek School, Bangkok, Thailand
1 Win 1–0 Indonesia Rino Ukru TKO 4 (6), 0:30 18 May 2012 Thailand City Hall Ground, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Professional debut


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title IBF Asia flyweight champion
15 Feb 2013 – 22 Jan 2014
Won world title
Title last held by
Ryan Rey Ponteras
IBF Pan Pacific flyweight champion
19 Apr 2013 – Jul 2013
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Moruti Mthalane
IBF flyweight champion
22 Jan 2014 – 25 May 2016
Succeeded by
Johnriel Casimero