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Knockout CP Freshmart decisions Buitrago again in Thailand

Fighters Network

Knockout CP Freshmart didn’t live up to his primary name, but he got the win once more over Carlos Buitrago.

Freshmart earned a unanimous decision victory over Buitrago Thursday at City Hall Ground in Chonburi, Thailand, by the scores of 119-109 on one card and 117-111 on the other two.

The fight was more one-sided than their first encounter in 2014, which Freshmart won by a close decision.

On Thursday, the 5-foot-1 Freshmart (12-0, 6 knockouts) overcame a height disadvantage to outjab Buitrago (28-2-1, 16 KOs), while beating the Nicaraguan counterpuncher at his own game.

Despite his vicious ring name, the 25-year-old Thai fighter born Thammanoon Niyomtrong showed he was a disciple of boxing’s fundamentals, using a high guard and footwork to get to the right distance before catching Buitrago with his punches.

Buitrago had his best round of the fight in the fifth, catching Freshmart with a counter left hook and flurrying to the body on several eye-catching occasions.

Freshmart resumed control of the fight in the fifth, backing Buitrago up with counter right crosses and left hooks, and sending Buitrago to the canvas with a push in the eighth.

The trend continued for the duration of the fight, and outside of a swinging counter right hand that caught Freshmart to little outward effect, Buitrago never turned it up and sought a knockout.

Freshmart is rated No. 4 by THE RING at 105 pounds, while Buitrago entered at No. 7. The fight was contested for a WBA “regular” title, which THE RING doesn’t recognize as a legitimate world title.

The recognized WBA champion at 105 pounds is South African Hekkie Budler, who is rated No. 1 by THE RING in the division.

Sithsamerchai stays busy

In a six-round bout, former WBC strawweight titleholder Oleydong Sithsamerchai (59-1-1, 23 KOs) toyed around with overmatched Indonesian Boido Simanjuntak (18-36-1, 7 KOs) en route to a unanimous decision win.

Sithsamerchai, who held the title from 2007-2011 and made six defenses before being stopped in five rounds against Kazuto Ioka, seemed bored at times with his opponent, turning it up with clean right hooks to the body and uppercuts to the chin once he realized he couldn’t be hurt.

The fight was little more than a bad sparring session for the 30-year-old Thai, who has inexplicably toiled away against anonymous Asian competition since his lone defeat. It was his sixth fight against a fighter with a losing record in eight bouts over the last two years.