Migreno stops Thai into retirement

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


REY MIGRENO knocked out a former Thai champion to add to La Trinidad’s growing number of champions trained under the Highland Boxing Gym.

Migreno sent former longtime WBC champion and WBC “Fighter of the Decade” Pongsaklek Wonjongkam into retirement with a smashing 3rd round TKO victory in Nakhon Ratchasima last November 1. 

Owner of 18 wins including 16 knockouts, 20 losses, and 3 draws, Migreno claimed the international title against his former tormentor in their first meeting way back in 2007 in a 10-round unanimous decider in favor of the Thai southpaw. 

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Pongsaklek earlier lost his WBC flyweight title last March 2 when he was demolished by Sonny Boy Jaro in a 6th round TKO after being dropped once in the opening round, once in the third, and twice in the sixth. 

The Thai attempted a comeback and won four fights in a row against patsies and was battered and sent to the canvas twice by Migreno forcing referee Noppharat Sricharoen to call a halt at 2:06 of the 6th round when, according to McTavish, Pongsaklek beat the count but was in no position to continue. 

Migreno, who hails from Misamis Occidental, now based in La Trinidad, Benguet eyed the WBC Asian Boxing Council flyweight title but lost via a unanimous decision over Nawaphon Por Chokchai in January 17 of this year. 

The 26-year-old orthodox then went on to lose two straight fights in March and May before raking up three straight victories including his conquest of the 35-year-old Wonjongkam. 

Wonjongkam actually won the vacant flyweight title by defeating Japanese fighter Hyobu Nakagama via a 12 round unanimous decision in August.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 13, 2012.

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