Glorious Rejuvenation: Kompayak Shinji Dojo

26 Mar 2018

Sunday, March 25th, 2018: Born Suriyan Satorn, but known in the boxing world as Kompayak Porpramook, a 35-year former WBC world champion, rolled back the years on yesterday’s WP Boxing promotion out at the WorkPoint TV studios, on the outskirts of Bangkok, when he was spectacularly crowned the new WBC Asia light-flyweight hampion.

Kompayak, the challenger, faced off against reigning WBC Asia light-flyweight champion, 25-year old Pongsaklek Nakornluang on yesterday’s main event, a showpiece bout that thrilled all those in attendance, and the thousands watching on live TV throughout the kingdom of Thailand.

The fight was scheduled for twelve rounds of championship action — going into the bout against the champion, Kompayak was ranked number 5 in the Asian Boxing Council (WBC Asia) rankings.

The contest got off to a peculiar start when instead of touching gloves, Pongsaklek decided he would set the tone for the pulsating encounter by launching a quick flurry of punches much to the bemusement of his adversary, who for his part looked to set his own pace in the opening stanza with strong stiff jabs to the forehead and body of his younger opponent.

The second, third and fourth rounds saw some thrilling close counter exchanges of thunderous punches from both boxers — there were stages of fantastic effective aggression from the veteran Kompayak, as on a couple of occasions he looked to trap Pongsaklek against the ropes and set a scene of dominant destruction — there were memorable moments of pure pleasure for everyone watching, when both boxers stood toe to toe trading a spellbinding amount of uppercuts.

As the bout progressed into the middle stages of the contest — rounds five through eight — the younger man seemed to pull away on the judges scorecards as he landed cleaner, crisper shots on a somewhat tired looking Kompayak.

The start of the ninth round saw Kompayak find a new sense of urgency and energy which wasn’t existent in previous rounds - he started to reinstate himself in the bout with some wondrous fast jabs and at times scintillating right hands landing on the head of his opponent.

The tenth round came, a round in which the seasoned veteran of over 64 professional fights showcased his deadly precision and timing, and by the time the bell rang to end the round, the crowd were on their feet enthralled in this pulsating encounter, which was a beautiful showcase of the prowess of Asian Boxing.

The penultimate round saw the champion walking forward with a new sense of confidence which had not been seen in the two most recent rounds, and this is where things became extremely tricky for the champ, he walked onto a perfectly timed and executed right hand from Kompayak, a thunderous strike which sent the titleist crashing to the canvas, he almost immediately rose to his feet to the deafening roar of the referee’s eight count, a count he survived, and then used every sense of his ring intelligence to survive the remainder of the round.

The story in between the final two rounds was one of organized chaos in the highly experienced corner of the defending champion as his team plotted a way back into the bout — Pongsaklek came out swinging with a sense of desperate urgency, after that knockdown in the 11th round. It was to be a case of too little, too late for the boxer from Ayutthaya province as the final bell signaled the end of the breathtaking encounter.

This was to be Kompayak’s day: the judges scorecards were read aloud: 115-114, 115-113 and 113-114 and the 35-year old was once again enthroned as the WBC Asia light-flyweight champion; an accolade he first held back in 2006.

Kompayak’s record moves to (59-5-0) and Pongsaklek for his part moves to (15-5-1). Both boxers are rated 2 and half stars on Boxrec.

By: Kevin P. Noone


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