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Thai champ wins lackluster Patong fight

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Thai champ wins lackluster Patong fight | Thaiger

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 red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Phuket visitor Covid-19 rapid antigen testing may end May 15

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PHOTO: Covid-19 rapid tests may be discontinued in Phuket. (via Wikimedia)

In a live broadcast, Phuket’s Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong said officials will consider discontinuing Covid-19 rapid antigen testing for people arriving into Phuket after May 15. The interview from the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai yesterday seems to contradict a recent statement from the governor launching additional rapid testing from today.

Entry to Phuket since April 22 has been limited for travellers from red zone provinces, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Anyone arriving without either of these would be screened on the spot with rapid antigen tests. Though originally offered for 300 baht per person, controversy arose over Thailand’s 2-tier pricing as it was announced that testing would be free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

The National Health Security Office provided 40 billion baht for testing in Phuket, allowing free testing for nationals, but as that funding is used up, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced that the testing will no longer be free for Thai people after May 15. Phuket does not have the budget for free rapid antigen testing so they will likely be forced to require payment after that date.

The current testing has seen a decline in positive Covid-19 infections, not finding any new cases for several days, prompting the government to rethink whether the current system of rapid testing those who are not vaccinated or holding a recent negative test certificate is worth the money spent.

Over 40,000 people have been tested since the program began April 22 until the current figures on May 5, with only 22 covid infections identified. Furthermore, 5 of those infections turned out to be false positives.

The vice-governor conceded that Phuket has Covid-19 outbreak problems with growing infections every day, but explains that the infections are from within the community and not from outside visitors. The latest infections stem in large part from gambling get-togethers without proper Covid-19 safety.

As of now, the rapid antigen testing will continue until the May 15 cut off, but government officials are still debating whether to continue testing and whether funding will exist for it after that date.

The NHSO has recently hinted that they will approve more funds to continue testing, a signal that had not been received before the governor’s announcement on Wednesday about the rapid antigen testing.

The vice-governor stressed that the situation is constantly evolving and that new information it’s shared frequently, and often out of local control. He urges everyone to pay attention to forthcoming announcements.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Phuket to rollout rapid Covid-19 testing campaign for visitors

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A rapid Covid-19 antigen testing campaign for visitors to Phuket is being rolled out to quickly detect cases in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. The island province is set to reopen to foreign tourists in July, that is if the virus is contained and if at least 70% of the population is vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The rapid testing campaign will start today and go until May 15. Visitors from Krabi, Ranong, Trang, and Phatthalung will be tested, according to deputy Phuket governor Piyapong Choowong. After May 15, those entering Phuket through official checkpoints will under Covid-19 tests funded by the National Health Security Office.

If daily new Covid-19 infections are more than 20 after the rapid testing campaign ends next week, then local officials will impose stricter disease control measures to help contain the virus.

In the recent wave of infections over the past month, there have been 493 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Phuket with 229 currently in treatment, according to the chief of the provincial public health office, Koosak Kookiattikul. To help contain Covid-19 in Phuket, the governor has also ordered local officials to find at-risk groups and carry out active case finding campaigns.

Despite the recent Covid-19 outbreak, Phuket is still scheduled to reopen under the so-called sandbox model, allowing foreign tourists who are vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to the island without undergoing quarantine. A mass vaccination campaign is being rolled out on the island province in an effort to vaccinate 70% of the population, reaching herd immunity, by the end of June. Expats in Phuket with a valid work permit will be able to register for a vaccine starting next week.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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