Van den Bos battles to victory in Pattaya
9 Jan 2008
Heavyweight action fans got the thriller they had been hoping for when Ricardo van den Bos battled to a bloody points victory over tough Tomasz Wozack at Fairtex Stadium in Pattaya on Friday night.
Dutchman van den Bos - who was fighting for the first time since being stopped in a challenge for the WBC Muay Thai title in Los Angeles four months ago - started superbly and knocked Wozack down twice in the first round with right hands. He also opened up a gash above Wozack's left eye.
The noisy contingent of Dutch fans in the crowd roared van den Bos on to finish the job but Wozack bravely weathered the storm and made it to the interval.
Van den Bos dictated the action in the second round and ended well with a cracking left hand just before the bell.
Wozack gained a foothold in the third with a pinpoint high kick to the head and smashed home another in the fourth during a sustained attack from both hands.
Suddenly van den Bos appeared vulnerable and it was Wozack's turn to pile on the pressure. The Dutchman decided that attack was the best form of defence and the pair traded heavy shots in a raw and exciting battle of wills.
The pace dipped slightly in the final session as Wozack stuck to using his hands while van den Bos attempted to smash home his elbows when in close.
Official scores were 48-46, 48-46 and 47-46. The Post had it 47-46 to van den Bos.
Van den Bos retained his WBC international title and said he was pleased to have returned to winning ways.
"It was a hard fight and I hope the fans enjoyed it," said van den Bos.
"I thought I had him in the first round but he came back into it.
"I was disappointed with myself after what happened in Los Angeles and this was just what I needed."
Promoter Pieter Hoovers said van den Bos had been hampered by a foot injury suffered three weeks before the contest.
"He could have pulled out but he wanted to fight and he got the victory even though he was really only at 60%," said Hoovers.
"This was a good win for him and we will now try to get him another fight in Thailand."
First, van den Bos must let a badly broken nose heal but with this kind of exciting display he is worth buying a ticket for when he gets back in the ring.
In the main support, Thai heavyweight Appichai stopped American Yoshi in the third round with leg kicks.
Hoovers, who runs the Hoek van Holland cafe on Jomtien Beach, put the show together with the help of Asiabox boxing promotions.
Writtten by : Julian Turner