Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
ศรีสะเกษ ศ.รุ่งวิสัย
ศรีสะเกษ-นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น.jpg
Sor Rungvisai with the WBC title, 2017
Statistics
Real name Wisaksil Wangek
(วิศักดิ์ศิลป์ วังเอก)
Weight(s) Super flyweight
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Reach 63 12 in (161 cm)
Nationality Thai
Born (1986-12-08) December 8, 1986 (age 31)
Uthumphon Phisai, Sisaket,
Thailand
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 51
Wins 46
Wins by KO 41
Losses 4
Draws 1

Wisaksil Wangek (Thai: วิศักดิ์ศิลป์ วังเอก; born December 8, 1986), better known as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (ศรีสะเกษ ศ.รุ่งวิสัย), is a Thai professional boxer. He is a two-time WBC super flyweight champion, having held the title since 2017, and previously from 2013 to 2014. Since February 2018, he has also held the Ring magazine and lineal super flyweight titles.

As of March 2018, Sor Rungvisai is ranked as the world's best active super flyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) and BoxRec. He is also ranked as the world's fifth best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; third by the TBRB; and seventh by The Ring magazine.

Early life[edit]

Sor Rungvisai came from a very poor family in Sisaket Province in Thailand, and he had to move into Bangkok to escape from poverty when he was only 13 years old. When he arrived in Bangkok, he had to walk more than 60 miles by foot to apply for a job as a trash collector at a department store in order to feed himself. Life was so difficult for him that he sometimes had to eat leftovers he collected from the garbage just to survive.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He signed with Nakornloung Promotion, Thailand as a professional boxer in 2009. 2 years later, Sor Rungvisai won the WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight title and went on to defend it 4 times between June 2011 and December 2012.[2] His current promoter is Thainchai Pisitwuttinan of Nakornloung Promotion.[3]

WBC super flyweight champion[edit]

In an intense fight, Sor Rungvisai became the new WBC Super Flyweight world champion by knocking out Yota Sato on May 2013 in his native Sisaket. From the beginning of the fight, Sor Rungvisai harassed Sato, who tried to use his jab to keep Sor Rungvisai at bay, but the latter never relented on his pressure. The end came in round 8. Sor Rungvisai viciously hammered the defending champion with power shots until Italian referee Guido Cavalleri halted the fight after 1:23, giving Sor Rungvisai a TKO victory. "What a fight! It was a war between two honorable fighters. Sato did not want to lose. Each round was toe-to-toe action until Sor Rungvisai overpowered Sato in the eighth" commented promoter Pisitwuttinan Thainchai.[4]

Sor Rungvisai's first defense came against Hirofumi Mukai. Mukai was overpowered from the early stages and his corner threw in the towel in the ninth round of the bout. The fight in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Mukai was previously knocked down once in round 2. “It was a total defeat,” said the 27-year-old Mukai, who dropped to a record of 9-3-1. “I can’t remember how I fought at all."[5]

Sor Rungvisai's first reign came to an end against Carlos Cuadras in May 2014. Referee Jay Nady stopped the fight after Cuadras was cut over his left eye due to a headbutt in round 8. According to WBC rules, Sor Rungvisai was deducted a point in all scorecards. Cuadras won a unanimous technical decision (78-73, 77-74, 77-75) to dethrone Sor Rungvisai.[6] As many other Thai world champions, Sor Rungvisai often fought against journeymen and prospects in between his official defenses.

Sor Rungvisai vs. Salgado[edit]

Following his defeat against Cuadras, Sor Rungvisai reclaimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council title and made one successful defense of it before earning a shot at the WBC Silver title.

Sor Rungvisai scored a savage 4th-round knockout of prospect José Salgado Fernández on May 2015. A series of left hands left Salgado defenseless, with a final right hook from Sor Rungvisai producing the knockdown and prompting the referee to immediately halt the contest in round 4. The fight between Sor Rungvisai and Salgado aired live on Channel 7 in Thailand, and also streamed live on the network's website. With the victory, Sor Rungvisai claimed the WBC Silver title and became the mandatory challenger to the WBC's super flyweight titlist, Carlos Cuadras. Sor Rungvisai's handlers sought to host the rematch against Cuadras in Thailand.[7] Negotiations between Cuadras and Sor Rungvisai stalled, with Cuadras going on to lose his title against Román González on September 2016.[8][9] Sor Rungvisai kept busy fighting in Thailand, scoring 8 knockouts in 18 months following his win over Salgado.

Sor Rungvisai vs. González[edit]

The WBC ordered González to make his first defense against Sor Rungvisai.[10] The fight was scheduled for the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs on March 2017. On fight night, Sor Rungvisai put Gonzalez down with a body shot in the first round. González came back and won several rounds, despite two cuts over his eyes. Sor Runvisai lost a point due to repeated head butting. According to CompuBox, Gonzalez outlanded Sor Rungvisai 441 (of 1,014) to 284 (of 940) overall. Gonzalez also had an edge in power punches, 372 to 277.[11] Sor Rungvisai ended up winning a controversial majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112). After the fight, González stated "I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch. I want to get my title back."[12] González earned a career high purse $500,000 whilst Rungvisai earned $75,000.[13]

Following his upset win over González, Sor Rungvisai was appointed a police officer in Sisaket Province, and enrolled in the Faculty of Political Science, Chalermkarnchana University.[14]

Sor Rungvisai vs. González II[edit]

On April 4, 2017 the WBC ordered a direct rematch to take place between González and Sor Rungvisai. Sor Rungvisai was due to fight mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras. However, due to the direct rematch clause on the contract for the original fight, the WBC ordered Cuadras to fight the next available contender, former unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC interim title. The winners of both fights would then fight each other.[15] On June 6, promoter Tom Loeffler said the rematch would take place on September 9 on HBO at a location in California. Japanese super flyweight Naoya Inoue was in line to make his American TV debut on the same card.[16] Mexican promoter Osvaldo Küchle revealed that Cuadras and Estrada would fight on the undercard for the WBC interim title.[17] On July 6, Loeffler announced the event would take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.[18] The event also featured WBO champion Naoya Inoue and is considered historic as one of the biggest cards of all time in the smaller weight classes.[19] The fight was also to be shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.[20]

At the 7-day weigh in on September 3, González weighed 119.8 lbs and Rungvisai weighed in at 119 lbs. Per WBC rules, both boxers were required to weigh no more than 121 lbs.[21] At the official weigh-in one day before the fight, González tipped the scales at 114.8 lbs, while Sor Rungvisai weighed 115 lbs.[22] González would be paid a career high $600,000 purse, while Sor Rungvisai made $170,000.[23]

On fight night, in front of a pro-González sell-out crowd of 7,418, González suffered his second consecutive career defeat and failed to regain the WBC title, after being knocked out by Sor Rungvisai in the fourth round of their rematch. The opening round started with both fighters throwing heavy shots. Sor Rungvisai began to work the body straight away. In round 4, González was knocked down hard from a left to the head. González beat the count getting up at 7, but on unsteady legs. Rungvisai then finished the badly hurt González with a right to the head that put him down flat on his back. Referee Tom Taylor didn't bother with a count, waiving the fight off at 1:18 of the round. González was taken to the hospital after the fight for precaution. Like the first fight, an accidental headbutt occurred in round 1. When González complained and the crowd booed, the referee warned Rungvisai.[24]

After the fight, Sor Rungvisai stated that he had prepared for four months in order to knock González out, "I trained very hard for four months. I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. I knew I was going to knock him out." González was humble in defeat, "We were both trading punches, but his were harder, and they landed harder. I was very hurt the second time when I was knocked down, but I think I'll be OK."[25] Loeffler also spoke to HBO about González's future, "I don't think he's done. When you fight a guy like Srisaket, he took the opportunity of winning the lottery. He beat the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and beat him in New York, and then he beat him more convincingly the second time. Now he has to be considered one of the best in the world. You saw Roman really packed the house, and Srisaket came into a hostile environment and proved he is a true champion. He has tremendous punching power." Compubox stats showed that Rungvisai landed 80 of his 291 punches thrown (27%) and González landed 58 of 212 (27%). All 80 of Rungvisai's landed punches were power shots.[26][27][28] After the fight, Sor Rungvisai stated that he was willing to fight anyone at super flyweight, whether it was his new mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada, who defeated Carlos Cuadras earlier that evening, or WBO champion Naoya Inoue.[29]

Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada[edit]

Sor Rungvisai faced Juan Francisco Estrada on February 24. For Sor Rungvisai, the bout served as his second defense in his second reign. He entered the bout after back-to-back wins over Roman Gonzalez, and a 17-fight winning streak, featuring 15 stoppages. On the other hand, Estrada, a former unified flyweight champion, fought in his first super flyweight world title fight.[30]

Sor Rungvisai outpointed the Mexican challenger over twelve rounds.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
51 fights 46 wins 4 losses
By knockout 41 2
By decision 5 2
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 N/A N/A Mexico Iran Diaz N/A – (12) Oct 6, 2018 Thailand Impact Arena, Pak Kret, Thailand Defending WBC, The Ring, and lineal super flyweight titles
51 Win 46–4–1 South Korea Young Gil Bae TKO 1 (10), 2:50 Jul 21, 2018 Thailand Workpoint Studio, Bang Phun, Thailand
50 Win 45–4–1 Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada MD 12 Feb 24, 2018 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBC super flyweight title;
Won vacant The Ring and lineal super flyweight titles
49 Win 44–4–1 Nicaragua Román González KO 4 (12), 1:18 Sep 9, 2017 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBC super flyweight title
48 Win 43–4–1 Nicaragua Román González MD 12 Mar 18, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won WBC super flyweight title
47 Win 42–4–1 Thailand Oley Taladklangladsawai TKO 4 (6) Dec 15, 2016 Thailand Nonthaburi, Thailand
46 Win 41–4–1 Thailand Suriya Maneephan TKO 4 (6) Aug 31, 2016 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
45 Win 40–4–1 Thailand Daetcharit Sitlekpet TKO 3 (6) Jun 3, 2016 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
44 Win 39–4–1 Indonesia Ical Tobida TKO 6 (6), 1:29 Apr 8, 2016 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
43 Win 38–4–1 Indonesia Arega Yunian TKO 4 (6) Jan 22, 2016 Thailand Ratchaburi, Thailand
42 Win 37–4–1 Indonesia Frans Damur Palue TKO 3 (6) Nov 20, 2015 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
41 Win 36–4–1 Indonesia Hendrik Barongsay KO 2 (6) Aug 18, 2015 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
40 Win 35–4–1 Indonesia Jack Amisa TKO 1 (6) Jul 17, 2015 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
39 Win 34–4–1 Mexico José Salgado TKO 4 (12), 1:53 May 28, 2015 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Won vacant WBC Silver super flyweight title
38 Win 33–4–1 Indonesia Madit Sada KO 3 (6) Mar 20, 2015 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
37 Win 32–4–1 Indonesia Ardi Tefa TKO 3 (6) Jan 23, 2015 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
36 Win 31–4–1 Indonesia Jemmy Gobel TKO 2 (6), 2:27 Dec 19, 2014 Thailand Samut Prakan, Thailand
35 Win 30–4–1 Philippines Bobby Concepcion KO 3 (12), 0:48 Nov 28, 2014 Thailand Nonthaburi, Thailand Retained WBC–ABCO super flyweight title
34 Win 29–4–1 Indonesia Boido Simanjuntak TKO 6 (6) Oct 10, 2014 Thailand Ratchaburi, Thailand
33 Win 28–4–1 Philippines Zoren Pama TD 7 (12) Sep 19, 2014 Thailand Saraburi, Thailand Won vacant WBC–ABCO super flyweight title;
TD after Sor Rungvisai was cut from an accidental head clash
32 Loss 27–4–1 Mexico Carlos Cuadras TD 8 (12), 0:29 May 31, 2014 Mexico Sala de Armas Agustín Melgar, Mexico City, Mexico Lost WBC super flyweight title;
Unanimous TD after Cuadras was cut from an accidental head clash
31 Win 27–3–1 Thailand Chatri Sariphan TKO 4 (6) Apr 8, 2014 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
30 Win 26–3–1 Thailand Den Nattapol Gym KO 1 (6), 2:58 Mar 7, 2014 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
29 Win 25–3–1 France Alexis Barateau KO 2 (6), 2:42 Feb 18, 2014 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
28 Win 24–3–1 Philippines Joel Kwong TKO 1 (6) Jan 21, 2014 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
27 Win 23–3–1 Japan Hirofumi Mukai TKO 9 (12), 1:44 Nov 15, 2013 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Retained WBC super flyweight title
26 Win 22–3–1 Thailand Petch Pitigym KO 2 (6) Oct 8, 2013 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
25 Win 21–3–1 Philippines Roque Lauro PTS 6 Sep 6, 2013 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
24 Win 20–3–1 Philippines Joan Imperial TKO 2 (6), 2:15 Jul 19, 2013 Thailand King Ramesuan Provincal Stadium, Lop Buri, Thailand
23 Win 19–3–1 Japan Yota Sato TKO 8 (12), 1:26 May 3, 2013 Thailand Khonmuangsri Stadium, Sisaket Won WBC super flyweight title
22 Win 18–3–1 Thailand Den Sithsaithong KO 2 (6) Mar 18, 2013 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
21 Win 17–3–1 Thailand Manot Comput TKO 1 (6), 1:18 Jan 28, 2013 Thailand Suphan Buri, Thailand
20 Win 16–3–1 Philippines Alvin Bais KO 2 (12), 2:12 Dec 3, 2012 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Retained WBC–ABCO super flyweight title
19 Win 15–3–1 Indonesia Boy Tanto TKO 4 (6), 1:31 Oct 16, 2012 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
18 Win 14–3–1 Philippines Lionel Mark Duran TKO 2 (12), 2:57 Jul 2, 2012 Thailand Minburi Retained WBC–ABCO super flyweight title
17 Win 13–3–1 Philippines Wilber Andogan TKO 4 (12), 2:51 May 8, 2012 Thailand Nakhon Pathom Retained WBC–ABCO super flyweight title
16 Win 12–3–1 Philippines Dondon Jimenea TD 4 (6) Jan 17, 2012 Thailand Thesabarn Muang Ladluwong, Phra Pradaeng, Thailand TD after Jimenea was cut from an accidental head clash
15 Win 11–3–1 Indonesia Yudi Arema KO 4 (12), 0:35 Nov 4, 2011 Thailand National Stadium Gymnasium, Bangkok, Thailand Retained WBC–ABCO super flyweight title
14 Win 10–3–1 Thailand Jeerasak Sithtanwalek KO 1 (6) Oct 11, 2011 Thailand Pathum Thani, Thailand
13 Win 9–3–1 Thailand Yodpetchjing Por Kobkua KO 1 (6) Aug 19, 2011 Thailand Khonmuangsri Stadium, Sisaket, Thailand
12 Win 8–3–1 Indonesia Erick Diaz Siregar KO 5 (12), 2:22 Jun 14, 2011 Thailand Bangphonua, Pathum Thani, Thailand Won vacant WBCABCO super flyweight title
11 Win 7–3–1 Thailand Khompetch Sithsamart TKO 2 (6) Apr 12, 2011 Thailand Mai Khao Beach, Phuket, Thailand
10 Win 6–3–1 Thailand Monsawan Sor Singdech KO 3 (6), 1:37 Mar 3, 2011 Thailand Phra Samut Chedi, Thailand
9 Win 5–3–1 Japan Takeshi Okamitsu KO 1 (6) Dec 24, 2010 Thailand Rajabhat University, Sisaket, Thailand
8 Win 4–3–1 Indonesia Johan Wahyudi TKO 4 (6) Oct 8, 2010 Thailand Muang Noi, Thailand
7 Win 3–3–1 Thailand Ocean Sor Jittigym TKO 4 (6) Jul 20, 2010 Thailand Thung Jeang Sport Stadium, Trang, Thailand
6 Win 2–3–1 Thailand Sorasak Lor Laitha Gym TKO 2 (6) Apr 23, 2010 Thailand Phayu, Thailand
5 Loss 1–3–1 Japan Kenji Oba UD 10 Feb 7, 2010 Japan Kyuden Kinen Gymnasium, Fukuoka, Japan
4 Win 1–2–1 Thailand Prakaipetch Aunsawan TKO 3 (6) Nov 16, 2009 Thailand Pamok School, Ang Thong, Thailand
3 Draw 0–2–1 Thailand Sean Patavikorngym PTS 6 Aug 14, 2009 Thailand Ban Phai, Thailand
2 Loss 0–2 Japan Yushin Yafuso KO 3 (6), 2:20 Jun 21, 2009 Japan Diamond Hall, Okinawa, Japan
1 Loss 0–1 Japan Akira Yaegashi TKO 3 (8), 2:11 Mar 17, 2009 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Yota Sato
WBC super flyweight champion
May 3, 2013 – May 31, 2014
Succeeded by
Carlos Cuadras
Preceded by
Román González
WBC super flyweight champion
March 18, 2017 – present
Incumbent
Inaugural champion The Ring super flyweight champion
February 24, 2018 – present
Vacant
Title last held by
Vic Darchinyan
Lineal super flyweight champion
February 24, 2018 – present
Awards
Previous:
Vasyl Lomachenko
HBO Fighter of the Year
2017
Incumbent
Previous:
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
KO1 Alfonso Blanco
ESPN Knockout of the Year
2017