Pungluang Sor Singyu
WBO Bantamweight Champion
A professional boxer by 16, Pungluang Sor Singyu has over 110 combined boxing and Muay Thai contests under his belt.
His gaudy record of 51-3 (with 35 knockouts) inside the square circle, though, is a byproduct of hiding in his native Thailand.
AJ Banal, a once overhyped Pinoy prospect, is Sor Singyu’s only remotely notable victory. They fought for the WBO bantamweight title in 2012. The “action” was evenly contested through seven rounds until the two began trading low blows in Round 8. A few flurries by the Thai put Banal down in the ninth round. He made it to his feet but ultimately turned his back in forfeit.
The 27-year-old Sor Singyu immediately dropped the WBO belt to Paulus Ambunda in his very next fight. He received another world title shot against Tomoki Kameda in 2014 only to be obliterated by a liver shot knockout.
When Kameda vacated the 118-pound title last year, Sor Singyu was granted yet another opportunity for the strap against Ryo Akaho in August.
The Thai knocked out Akaho in two rounds in front of a partisan crowd with a hefty dose of rabbit punching that referee Robert Byrd paid no mind to.
A scheduled title defense against another no-hoper in Jetro Pabustan )26-2-6) is in line for February. If Sor Singyu retains his belt don’t expect any unification bouts.
FightNews.com caught up with the WBO titlists in late 2015 and he shot down the idea of fighting another world champion, saying he only wants to fight in Thailand for the time being.
Sor Singyu doesn’t deserve a belt. But his unprofessionalism, inconsistency and complete unwillingness to fight legit competition is deserving of top placement here.