28 Jan 2019

Two young men, hailing from different sides of the planet, one from Scotland and the other from the land of smiles, shared a night of prestige and acclaim this past weekend in Torino, Italy

First up was Thailand?s Yodchai, a 23-year old, who was looking for his first elite silverware since turning pro at the tender age of 15. He faced off against Italian fighter Jonathan Astarita for that aforementioned WBC glory.

The opening round saw both fighters looking to set a tone of early dominance, with each exchanging a flurry of kicks, but it was Yodchai with his signature right body kick who seemed to gain the upper-hand.

The second round began with Yodchai pushing the pace and pushing Astarita on the defensive back-foot behind some ferocious right body-kicks which were not only damaging his opponent physically, but it was clear the mental fatigue was setting in for Astarita.

The third round was Groundhog Day for the Italian fighter as he was relentlessly punished by Yodchai?s power behind his venomous kicks; Astarita and his comer team had no answer for this onslaught.

As the final bell rang to end round three, Astarita returned to his corner ? to the point of no return ? his comer team informed the referee that he would not be continuing in the bout, crowning the impressive Yodchai as the new WBC MuayThai International lightweight champion.

Next up was Scotland?s Spencer Brown who was looking to make two-for-two, for WBC glory, for the Yokkao fight team. He squared off against a formidable opponent in Luca Roma for the vacant WBC MuayThai super-lightweight European title.

The young Scottish braveheart was not in a forgiving mood from the off as he set up some fine combinations and put in an efficient opening round to keep his foe at bay.

Rounds two and three again witnessed Brown seemingly get the better Roma, with a sense of determination to succeed that no one could halt, but there were occasions of success for the Italian fighter in parts of both rounds.

The penultimate round saw both combatants step up the action, exchanging a flurry of knees and kicks, but once again it was the Scotland?s Brown who seemed to have the edge.

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