1997-02-15 Sirimongkol Singmanasak w pts 12 Jesus Sarabia, Provincial Stadium, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand - WBC

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15 February Sirimongkol Singmanassak w pts 12 Jesus Sarabia, Provincial Stadium, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand - WBC. Referee: Malcolm Bulner. Scorecards: 115-111, 115-110, 115-111. Making his first defence since succeeding Wayne McCullough as champion, Singmanassak (118) retained his title in an exciting fight that saw both men decked, the champion in the third round from a right cross and Sarabia (116) three times in the seventh. Although the Thai tried to take his durable rival out in the eighth he eventually settled down to counter punch his way to victory over the remaining sessions.