• Short Summary

    ALAN RUDKIN, THE FORMER BRITISH AND EMPIRE BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION, GAINED A CONVINCING POINTS VICTORY ON MONDAY (8 JANUARY) OVER THAILAND'S FINE BANTAMWEIGHT, PONCHAI POPPRAIGAM.

  • Description

    ALAN RUDKIN, THE FORMER BRITISH AND EMPIRE BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION, GAINED A CONVINCING POINTS VICTORY ON MONDAY (8 JANUARY) OVER THAILAND'S FINE BANTAMWEIGHT, PONCHAI POPPRAIGAM. THE FIGHT RAN TO TEN ROUNDS BEFORE THE NOTTINGHAM, U.K., REFEREE RAISED RUDKIN'S HAND AS A SIGN OF VICTORY.

    COMMENTATORS EXPRESSED NO DOUBT AFTER ROUND THREE THAT RUDKIN WOULD WIN, ALTHOUGH QUICK-FOOTED POPPRAIGAM BOXED EFFECTIVELY IN THE EARLY ROUNDS, AND MADE A PROMISING RALLY IN THE EIGHTH. MANY CONSIDERED THE QUESTION TO BE: WOULD THE THAILANDER LAST THE DISTANCE? HIS COURAGE, STRENGTH, AND FITNESS ALLOWED HIM TO DO SO.

    AFTER WHETTING HIS APPETITE ON HALF-A-DOZEN OF POPPRAIGAM'S PURPOSEFUL LEFT HOOKS, RUDKIN ADOPTED THE ROLE OF ATTACKER FOR THE GREATER PART OF THE FIGHT, ENCOURAGED BY HIS KNOCKOUT VICTORY OVER RONNIE JONES OF THE U.S. LAST MONTH, RUDKIN MADE GREAT USE OF HIS RIGHT, NEGLECTING AT TIMES HIS HARD-HITTING LEFT. OTHER COMMENTATORS SUGGEST HE LACKED THE TRULY DECISIVE PUNCH WHICH WOULD HAVE FINISHED THE FIGHT DURING THE MIDDLE ROUNDS. HE IS TO MEET WALTER McGOWAN, THE CURRENT BRITISH AND EMPIRE BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION, IN THE SPRING. McGOWAN HIMSELF CAME TO GRIEF IN DECEMBER 1967 AGAINST ANOTHER THAILANDER, WORLD FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION CHARTCHAI CHIONOI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA14I4HV0G2QDDBTDT4HQYFT980
    Media URN:
    VLVA14I4HV0G2QDDBTDT4HQYFT980
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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