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Thai Wins WBC Flyweight Crown

March 2, 2001

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Pongsaklek Singwangcha of Thailand won the WBC flyweight title Friday, defeating defending champion Malcolm Tunacao of the Philippines with a first-round technical knockout.

The fight, in the northern Thai province of Phichit, was stopped 2 minutes, 43 seconds into the round after Pongsaklek knocked down Tunacao for the third time with a relentless combination of punches.

Tunacao entered the bout with a record of 11 wins, including seven knockouts, and one draw. Pongsaklek raised his record to 39-2.

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