Photo by: ROBERT STARKWEATHER
Outh Phouthong looks fatigued between the 3rd and 4th rounds at TV5 Sunday.
Kickboxing fans at TV5 arena Sunday saw an under-powered Outh
Phouthong's opening-round arrogance transform to puzzled dismay then to
near-desperation, as his opponent Sen Bunthen gathered composure and
confidence with every round in their 69kg-sanctioned bout. The
initially disdaining Outh Phouthong began showing signs of tiredness by
the third, and by the fifth his lacklustre spinning elbows were failing
to shore up an ineffective rearguard action. Sen Bunthen's defences
were proving too well encrypted, and his body kicks and efficient
closing action in the clinch saw the veteran Phouthong left with few
ideas by the final bell with judges awarding the bout to Sen Bunthen on
points. On the same bill, Um Dara, stand-in for the sick Nuon Soriya,
triumphed over May Sopheap on points.