BEATEN Dave Newbrook is down but not out after his world title-holding conqueror offered him a rematch.
Rungnackorn fought Chester's Newbrook for the vacant ISKA world light-welter-weight title at Northgate Arena on Sunday.
And straight after being announced as the winner, the durable and highly experienced Thai fighter offered Newbrook the chance to take the belt off him in November.
'That was an incredible gesture and I took his offer,' said 30-year-old Newbrook. 'The re-match could even be in Chester again.
'He said he offered it because I fought so hard and presented him with a great challenge, so much that he wasn't sure who had won at the end of the fight.'
Newbrook and his team were convinced he had edged it, but the referee raised the hand of Rung.
Rung was the opponent New-brook originally wanted to face, but a breakdown in negotiations meant the Chester ace lined-up Thongchaitek for the bout instead.
Circumstances changed and just weeks before the fight Thong pulled out due to injury, paving the way for a fresh approach to fight Rung - who took the bout at the second time of asking.
Despite the uncertainty, New-brook was happy with his preparation, training in Amsterdam, Liverpool, on Chester's historic city walls and around Delamere Forest.
Sunday's fight pulled in a near-capacity crowd at Northgate Arena and Newbrook was quick to pay tribute to his fans, saying: 'I would like to thank the fans who filled the arena and made it such a wonderful atmosphere.'
Newbrook is hoping to arrange a warm-up fight between now and November, probably in August.
Fighting on the same card as Newbrook at the weekend was young Chester talent and New-brook protegé John Henry McNamara in an ISKA junior British light middleweight title eliminator.
He lost the fight, and his chance of a title shot, on points after fighting back from a first-round fall against Scot-land's Ritchie Hocking.
Chester's Tim Lee took on his first ever fight against Aled Lloyd from Ruthin and also lost on points, but there was some local success as Danny Parker of Blacon beat Craig Hudd in are match.
Parker had lost to Hudd previously and wanted to even the score.