P4P countdown: No 5: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came fifth...
Name: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
BM online P4P ranking: 5th (up one place from January)
Fight record: 45-4-1 (40 KOs)
Report card: Srisaket enjoyed an incredible 2017, twice defeating former pound for pound king Roman Gonzalez to regain the super flyweight title he previously held from 2013-2014. If the majority points decision in Srisaket's favour at Madison Square Garden in March was open to debate, then his crushing four-round KO of the Nicaraguan in September left no room for doubt. In the course of both fights, Srisaket demonstrated steel, stamina and the fearsome punching power that has brought him 40 KOs in 50 pro appearances. He then began 2018 with a thrilling, and very close, points victory against Juan Francisco Estrada. Save for a contentious technical decision defeat against Carlos Cuadras in 2014, Srisaket is unbeaten since February 2010. His current standing in the sport is all the more remarkable when you consider he won only one of his first five pro contests.
Prospects: After three very testing fights in a row, Srisaket can be forgiven for taking a 'stay busy' non-title contest at bantam in July against South Korean Young Gil Bae. After that a rematch with Estrada looks possible. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, Srisaket is affected by the recent high profile break-up with his fiancée.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 55 - nine of the ten writers on our panel included Srisaket in their top tens, with his highest ranking being fourth, a position he achieved four times.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.