FORMER IBF WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION RUENROENG OF THAILAND WINS IN RIO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Mon, 08 Aug 2016
The biggest storyline on Day 2 of the Olympic boxing tournament was former IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng scoring a decision victory to avoid the embarrassment of an early exit similar to that suffered by rugged professional middleweight contender Hassan N?Dam who suffered that ignominious fate yesterday.
Looking to avoid the fate of fellow pro Hassan N?Dam in his lightweight bout, Ruenroeng got his Olympics off to what was regarded as "an impressive start although he engaged in plenty of clinching, clutching and wrestling."
But ringside reports from Rio said Ruenroeng, who was knocked out in the 4th round of a world title rematch with the Philippines Johnreil Casimero, used an effective jab and straight right hand against the aggressive Perrin.
The Argentine grew more frustrated in round two as he constantly fell short with his punches and in a clinch, Perrin tossed Ruenroeng to the canvas and was cautioned by the referee.
Ruenroeng was reportedly content to counter and play spoiler. The best action of round three came when both men tackled each other to the mat. Ruenroeng was clearly the superior ring general, and he impressively never allowed Perrin to find a rhythm. It was a typical Ruenroeng win.
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