Poonsawat ends wait with victory

DUBLIN -- Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym of Thailand has stopped Bernard Dunne of Ireland in the third round to win the WBA super-bantamweight title.

The Thai landed a trio of powerful left hooks in the third round on Saturday in Dublin, each time sending Dunne to the mat. The referee stopped the fight after the third knockdown as blood flowed from the Dubliner's nose and left ear.

The 28-year-old Poonsawat (39-1) had waited 18 months for his shot at the title. It was his first professional victory outside Thailand. Before the fight he predicted he would knock out the hometown favorite within seven rounds.

The 29-year-old Dunne (28-2) captured the WBA title on March 21 with an 11th-round knockout of Panama's Ricardo Cordoba, also at the O2 Arena in Dublin's Docklands.