Sport: Shall We Dance?

In Bangkok last week, Thailand's Chamroen Songkitrat squared off with Algeria's Robert Cohen for the bantamweight championship of the world. Early in the fight, a right cross broke Chamroen's nose and splattered blood all over the ring; for 15 rounds both men whaled away at each other furiously. Chamroen was beaten on points. By western standards it was a lively scrap, but to Thais it looked like a mild family argument.

Shortly before the Cohen bout, Bangkok fight fans took in some home-style boxing in Rajadamnern Stadium, and found it more to their taste....

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