Boxing...and the Fifth King's Cup tournament ended in Bangkok on Wednesday (4 April) with Jim?
Boxing...and the Fifth King's Cup tournament ended in Bangkok on Wednesday (4 April) with Jim Clark of the United States taking both the heavyweight title and the prestigious Royal Trophy. The Soviet Union clinched the Championship Team Cup with four of their boxers winning finals in individual titles together with six runners up and quarter-finalists. Thai teams took second and third places.
SYNOPSIS: Boxing before an enthusiastic crowd of four thousand, American heavyweight Jim Clark (white shorts) needed less two minutes to stop Danish champion Erik Hanson.
Two power-packed lefts followed by a jolting right to the stomach of Hansen ended the fight almost before it had begun.
Clark, the number two choice for the Montreal Olympics, is one of the few amateur heavyweights to have stretched two-time Olympic champion Teo Stevenson of Cuba.
The knockout earned the twenty two year old American the King's Cup for the best boxer of the fifteen nation, ten day competition. (SEQ 1)
The Soviet championship team won their first title when E. Kotov (blue shorts) outpointed Thailand's Tontuam Srimora for the lightweight gold.
Srimora who started badly against the hard-slugging Russian, staged a rally in the second and third rounds with some bruising punches of his own.
But these that connected were far outweighed by the ones which missed ultimately causing the Thai to lose the fight to his Russian opponent. (SEQ 2) In an all Thai clash, Wiroj Siwapa (red shorts) fought an evenly balanced match with Werasak Konkeaw to win the final of the featherweight title.
Wiroj, who was not expected to have much trouble in winning the title, was clearly on the defensive in the first round when his younger opponent was on target with his short rights and left jabs. But from the second round onwards Wiroj took control of the fight with some clever in-fighting and it was enough to win the bout and the trophy for the best fighter in the meet. (SEQ 3)