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PATONG: In the highly anticipated non-title fight between World Boxing Council flyweight champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Randy Mangubat of the Philippines, the Thai champ improved his record to 55-2 in a rather lackluster win on points.

However, in the first bout between Asian Boxing Council (ABC) Flyweight Champion Denburapha TwinsSpecial and top-ranked challenger Ponomrunglek Kratingdaeng-gym, the crowd was treated to perhaps the wildest organized punch-up the island has ever seen, with the 20-year-old champ from Prachin Buri battering the challenger into submission in round six.

In a last-minute change, the fights were staged at Patong Boxing Stadium due to the rain and high winds at the beachside Nong Harn Public Recreation area in Karon, where the bouts were originally scheduled to take place. The entire card was broadcast live nationwide on Thai TV Channel 7.

The bouts were staged by Petchyindee Boxing in association with the WBC, which concludes its 42nd Annual Convention, dubbed “The Convention of Loyalty”, at the Hilton Arcadia Beach Resort today.

In the main event, the 29-year-old Philippino Randy Mangubat proved a difficult target for Pongsaklek. Mangubat seemed unfazed by the highly partisan crowd and humid conditions and used his compact frame to stay out of danger and slip in a number of crisp body shots to the champ’s midsection in the first half of the fight.

After round five, which saw Pongsaklek spin off wildly after missing a blow and Mangubat responding with some roundhouse attempts of his own, the two pugilists seemed to decide not to risk going for broke – this was, after all, a non-title fight.

Instead they put on a boxing exhibition for the crowd, which consisted of many ABC, WBC officials and top promoters from Japan, Korea and Thailand.

The remaining five rounds were rather lackluster and the fight seemed about even after the final bell. But there was no surprise – or complaint from the Filipino – when Pongsaklek’s arm was raised and he was declared the winner on points, although the individual judges’ tallies were not announced.

The real action on the three-fight card came in the first bout, which pitted defending ABC Flyweight Champ Denburapha TwinsSpecial of Prachin Buri against top-ranked challenger Panomrunglek Kratingdang-gym of Buri Ram.

In the first round, the champ went stumbling backwards after a blow by the Kratingdang Gym fighter, causing him to lose his balance and end up on the canvas for a mandatory 8-count.

In the second round, Panomrunglek used his height advantage to keep the champ at bay and land some more good shots. But in the 3rd round, Denburapha’s relentless pursuit and barrage of left hooks and straight jabs began to pay dividends, giving him the edge over his 20-year-old opponent, who fell into counterpunching mode.

In the fourth, Denburapha continued the relentless stalking of his opponent, wearing him down. In a frenzied 5th round, both fighters heads’ were snapped back several times by hard blows. The champ took two powerful uppercuts but continued his assault unfazed.

In the 6th round, Denburapha’s barrage of left hooks and straight jabs was just too much, sending Ponomrunglek to the canvas – more from exhaustion than from the champ’s finishing blows. He was counted out and had to be helped back to his corner.

Denburapha was presented with his championship belt by ABC President Pol Gen Kovid Bhakdibhum.

In the third bout, for the WBC Youth Championship, defending champ Oledon Kratingdang-gym used his height advantage and superior skills to outclass challenger Jay Herla of the Philippines.

Oledon stunned Herla with a left uppercut at the beginning of the fourth round and then continuing a frenzied assault that sent the Filipino to the canvas from a crouching position with two finishing left jabs.

Oledon won by TKO when Herla said he couldn’t continue.

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Phuket told to prepare “response plan” in case of second Covid-19 outbreak

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As Phuket awaits foreign tourists, city officials are told to prepare a “response plan” in case of a second wave of Covid-19. An official from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports held a workshop in Phuket today to discuss the risk of another outbreak as the country opens up to those on the Special Tourist Visa.

The ministry’s permanent secretary Chote Trachu says now that the country is allowing tourists (who are required to quarantine upon arrival) an infection “may somehow slip through.” He says a response plan needs to be in place in case this happens, adding that there should be corporation from the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Defense.

“If any tourists are found to be infected, the disease must not be allowed to spread among the people. There should be no panic, and public health officers will investigate the case. Tourist Police will track down the suspected person in an investigation with the Ministry of Public Health.”

Chote says all provinces – not just Phuket – should have a response plan. Although tourists must go through a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival, Chote says there are some cases where the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days.

“There are a variety of cases. Sometimes, the infection does not show after 14 days, or even 15 or 16 days. Each situation is different.”

Recently, a woman in Koh Samui tested positive for the coronavirus 5 days after she was released from a Samut Prakan quarantine facility. Traces of the virus were found on gym equipment the woman used at the quarantine, leading health officials to suspect she was infected before arriving to the island.

“We urge Thai people to not let their guard down. Everyone must wear masks, wash their hands and take care of personal hygiene. This will help prevent them from contracting the disease.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Approval sought for multi-billion-baht Phuket medical hub

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Industry officials are seeking the go-ahead for a project to transform over 140 rai of government land in Phuket into a world-leading medical hub. The project is budgeted at 3 – 4 billion baht, depending on which report you read. Kitkong Tantijaraswarodom, from the Federation of Thai Industries, believes the development of a medical and wellness hub in the sub-district of Mai Khao, north Phuket, will help revive the southern island’s battered economy. Phuket has become increasingly reliant on a steady flow of tourists over the past 2 decades.

The southern division of the FTI covers Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Ranong, Satun, Chumphon, and Songkhla.

“The FTI will ask the government to green-light the project during the scheduled mobile cabinet meeting on the island on November 3.”

Kitkong says businesspeople in the south are anxious for the government to approve the project, which will provide both locals and foreign medical tourists with state-of-the-art medical care. The facility is expected to include long-term care, hospice and rehabilitation services, in addition to a dental hospital, sports therapy centre, and a medical training school for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical laboratory scientists.

The chair of the FTI’s southern chapter is also calling on officials to provide small and medium-sized businesses with additional support, in the form of access to loans, in order to deal with cash shortages.

“In the short term, the FTI wants the government to help SMEs, especially those in the tourism sector.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man’s body discovered hanged in a Phuket Town apartment

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A man has been found hanged in Phuket Town apartment yesterday. Police are treating the cases as a suicide at the moment.

The man was found hanged from the apartment’s ceiling fan. His lifeless body was discovered around 11am after neighbours complained to the manager about the smell coming from the man’s room.

Police and the local Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers attended the scene. Police later confirmed the incident happened in room on the 3rd floor of an apartment lock in Soi Phoonphol Soi 1, Talat Nuea in Phuket Town. Police said the man was 35-45 years of age and had a 29 year old girlfriend from Chumphon. He was paying 1,000 baht a month and had been renting the room for 2 months. Police estimate that the man had been dead for at least 3 days.

Police told media that the man had used, what appeared to be a dress, tied around his neck and then to the room’s roof fan. The apartment manager told police that he had been late on on his recent rent, speculating that the man may have been suffering financial hardship.

The man’s identity has not been released at this stage.

His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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