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Ranking the Top 10 Asian Boxers of All Time

9. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam

Years Active: 1994-2013

Professional record: 90-5-2, 47 KOs

Titles: Two Time Ring Magazine and WBC Flyweight champion 2001-2007; 2009-2012

Pongsaklek Wonjongkam began his professional career with a 9-2 record. Both losses were to Filipino journeyman Jerry Pahayahay, whom Wonjongkam would later defeat by 10-round decision. After his second loss to Pahayahay, Wonjongkam won 55 consecutive bouts–the longest continuous win streak in boxing during that time.

On March 2, 2001, Wonjongkam stopped Malcolm Tuñacao by first round TKO to win the lineal and WBC Flyweight championships. In his fourth defense of the lineal and WBC Flyweight titles, on April 19, 2002, Wonjongkam knocked out Japanese flyweight titleholder Daisuke Naito in 34 seconds, setting a record for the fastest knockout in flyweight division history.

Wonjongkam would set the flyweight division record with 16 consecutive title defenses.

Wonjongkam suffered a shocking upset decision loss to Daisuke Naito–an opponent he had defeated in two previous challenges for his title–in July, 2007, ending his long run as champion. On March 8, 2008, Wonjongkam faced Naito once again, but the fight ended in a draw.

Wonjongkam won the vacant interim WBC Flyweight championship in a bout against Mexican, Julio César Miranda by a unanimous decision on April 24, 2009.

On March 27, 2010, Wonjongkam defeated lineal champion, Koki Kameda–who had recently defeated Naito to win the title–by majority decision to unify the WBC Flyweight championship and interim WBC Flyweight championship. Wonjongkam would also claim the vacant Ring Flyweight championship.

On March 2, 2012, Wonjongkam lost his titles by a shocking TKO stoppage to Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines. He would fight until the end of 2012 before retiring from the ring.

Photo via Thai Fight News

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