Antoine PINTO wins WMC I-1
Antoine PINTO interview
Antoine PINTO (Antuan SIANGBOXING) wins the WMC I-1 (8-man tournament - 66kg) which was held in Hong Kong last Thursday. 8 fighters from different countries faced each other for this prestigious belt Vladimir KONSKY (Slovakia), Tim THOMAS (England), Lerm RATCHAKOLM (Thailand), Kurt FINLAYSON (Australia), Frank VILCHEZ (Peru), Rhassan MUHAREB (Denmark), Veselin VESELINOV (Bulgaria) and Antoine PINTO (France).
Antoine PINTO: "My first fight against Rhassan MUHAREB was very surprising to me because I had never fought against such a « fleeing » opponent. I had to provoque him constantly because he was always running away, without boxing or often doing acrobatics. Besides he touches me with one of it, in the 2nd round, and dislocates my jaw.
Against KONSKY, it was the exact opposite because he always moves forward. He is very strong and taller than me (what is unsual). I win the 5 rounds thanks to my technique and the clinch. He was one of the favourites with Tim THOMAS and Lerm RATCHAKOLM. I breake his nose in the 2nd round with a knee strike. It handicaps him for the rest of the fight. On the other hand, he cuts me under the arch of the eyebrow with a headbutt.
The final is a physical and mental ordeal against Kurt FINLAYSON, known as a strong puncher. Open above the right eye, with a dislocated jaw and a stuffed up right leg, I have no choice but to box southpaw in order to protect myself. I overshadow him with the clinch and with my knee strikes what is not FINLAYSON's strenght. I box othodox in the 3rd round to mislead him and to reach him with victorious blows.
With the I-1, I have already won the 66 kg title for the Super fights, the 68 kg title for the Grand Slam and today the main title for the Super 8 (66 kg). The latter will remain engraved because I have got it thanks to technique, coaching... and heart. I feel a lot joy because I worked very hard for years. I feel joy because I am the winner and because Hong Kong likes my boxing style, it is a great personnal satisfaction !"
Cheng Man-Yiu def. Chau Ming Kwai by Unanimous Decision
I-1 GP QF1
Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia) def. Frank Vilchez (Peru) by Unanimous Decision
I-1 GP QF2
Antoine Pinto (France) def. Rhassan Muhareb (Denmark) by Unanimous Decision
I-1 GP QF3
Kurt Finlayson (Australia) def. Rattananoi Sitpholek (Thailand) by Round 2 KO
I-1 GP QF4
Tim Thomas (England) def. Lerm Ratchakhom (Thailand) by Unanimous Decision
International Super Fight 1
Piabsuk Swish (Thailand) def. Victor Pinto (Leo Siangboxing, France) by Unanimous Decision
I-1 GP SF1
Antoine Pinto (France) def. Vladimir Konsky (Slovakia) by Split Decision
I-1 GP SF2
Kurt Finlayson (Australia) def. Tim Thomas (England) by Split Decision
International Super Fight 2
Monkey Wong (Hong Kong) def. Tomas Tadlanek (Slovakia) by Split Decision
I-1 GP Final
Antoine Pinto (France) def. Kurt Finlayson (Australia) by Split Decision
International Super Fight 3
Santichai Or Boonchuay (Thailand) def. Sheymon Moraes (Brazil) by Round 3 KO
Super Fight for Urban Professionals
Tony Chu def. Ken Cheng by Unanimous Decision