May 19, 2000
UDON THANI, THAILAND--
Unbeaten Filipino lefty MALCOLM TUNACAO
impressively captured the WBC flyweight belt as he relentlessly
unleashed furious combinations on the gory defending champ MEDGOEN
SINGSURAT (who fought this time under the new ring name of Medgoen
Kratingdaeng-Gym), a shorter Thailander, and punched him from all angles
en route to an upset TKO victory at 1:53 of the 7th round.
Regarding the name of the dethroned champ, he fought
as this fight as Medgoen KRATINGDAENG-GYM. He originally fought under his real name Medgoen Singsurat, then changed his to Medgoen 3K Battery, fought under another new name of Medgoen
Toyota-Thailand in just one fight (his last defense against Japan's
Masaki Kawabata), and then changed it again to Medgoen
Tunacao, a lanky southpaw, made a very good start and dominated the
opening canto with his positive attack. But Medgoen, also unbeaten,
turned the tables with his busier combinations to be in command in the
second through 5th sessions. The champ opened a slight cut at the left
eyelid of the challenger in the second round.
The Filipino fought back to mix up and win the 6th as he resumed his hot
rallies and had the champ bleeding from a gash at the right optic. In
the fatal 7th, Tunacao battered the champ with
a desperate attack and staggered the bloodied champ. Though the
referee had the cut examined by the ringside physician, he allowed them
to go on. It was a good rest for Tunacao who had seemingly used a great
deal of energy. He accelerated his attack and had Medgoen so helpless that the third man declared a halt to save the loser from further punishment. There were no knockdowns, but
Tunacao proved superior this night.
Tunacao, the younger brother of ex-world challenger Noel Tunacao who
failed to win the WBA light fly title from Japan's Hiroki Ioka 1992,
raised his unblemished mark to 11-0, 7 KOs. Medgoen, who had dethroned
Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao on an upset TKO last September, tasted
his first defeat at the hand of the less experienced Filipino, and
dropped to 20-1, 12 KOs.
Malcolm, who was Philippine national amateur champ in four years from
1995, turned professional under the wing of Wakee Salud, ex-manager of
ex-WBC super-fly champ Gerry Penalosa, in August, 1998. He seized the Filipino flyweight title by winning a 12-round decision over Rio Sumampong last September -- 8 days after Medgoen
dethroned Malcolm's compatriot Manny Pacquiao. It was very fortunate
that Malcolm Tunacao was given an opportunity to fight in a quest for
the world title at such an early stage of his career and also gained the
title in an impressive fashion.
Promoter: Diamond Promotions.
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