Jerusalem fails to dethrone Thai champ

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Filipino boxer Melvin Jerusalem lost to Thai defending World Boxing Council minimum weight champion Chayaphon Moonsri on Wednesday in Phitsanuloke, Thailand.

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The Thai champ outboxed the 22-year-old Bukidnon native for the duration of the fight. Jerusalem, displaying his fighting spirit charged at Moonsri in front of a hostile local crowd. The referee warned him for low blows during the eighth round.

The Filipino pug tried his best to land a knockout in the last few rounds but the Thai proved to be too elusive.

After absorbing his first loss, Jerusalem’s record dropped to 11-1 with seven knockouts.

The judges scored 115-113, 114-113 and 114-113 in favor of the 31-year old Moonsri, also known as Wanheng Menayothin in Thailand. Referee Celestino Ruiz officiated the match.

The Thai champion now boasts of being unbeaten in 45 fights with 17 knockouts.

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