Knockout CP Freshmart decisions Shin Ono in 105-pound title defense
Knockout CP Freshmart made the first defense of his WBA strawweight title with a unanimous decision win over Japan’s Shin Ono on Wednesday in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Freshmart, a former Muay Thai champion turned boxing titlist like compatriots Samart Payakaroon and Veeraphol Sahaprom, took a few rounds to get adjusted to the long southpaw boxing approach of Ono, who is listed as being three inches taller at 5-foot-4.
By the third round Freshmart (14-0, 6 knockouts) found the opening for his lead right hand, sneaking it up the middle when Ono (19-8-3, 3 KOs) would let loose with his left hand. Yet Ono, rated No. 14 by the WBA, despite having done little, since being knocked out in seven by countryman Kenichi Horikawa last year, showed he was there to compete, landing a pair of left hands on an off-balance Freshmart (real name: Thammanoon Niyomtrong) in the fourth.
Freshmart never stopped coming forward and, at the end of the fifth, had Ono rubbery-legged and falling into the ropes from a lunging straight left. Referee Hernan Guajardo wouldn’t call a knockdown there but there’d be less ambiguity about the left hook which sent Ono down near the end of the 10th. Freshmart was content to ride out the fight to the bell after separating himself from his opponent with the two-point round.
The 26-year-old Freshmart of Surin, Thailand is currently rated the No. 2 contender at 105 pounds by THE RING.