Earlier today saw an IBF purse bid for the mandatory IBF Flyweight title bout between unbeaten Thai Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) and #1 challenger McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13). Surprisingly it wasn't won by Arroyo's promoter Golden Boy Promotions but instead it was Thailand's Jimmy's Boxing that won the bid.
Golden Boy Promotions, the promotional company of Oscar De La Hoya, put forward a somewhat paltry bid of $71,150 dollars a bid that was dwarfed by Jimmy Chaichotchuang who bid $202,000 to secure the promotional rights to the fight.
Having won the bid Jimmy now has 90 days to organise and stage the fight which we'd expect would now be in Thailand giving Amnat the home advantage that he lacked in his first defence, a decision victory over the previously unbeaten Kazuto Ioka earlier this year.
Arroyo, who secured his position as the mandatory challenger earlier this year with a stoppage against Froilan Saludar, will know that he's up against it here if the fight is in Thailand. In fact in our eyes Thailand is the hardest country on the planet to get a win in, not due to the judging but the harsh conditions that the bouts are fought in, which include humid air, extreme heat and blistering sunshine which all combine to make life incredibly nasty for visiting fighters.
We're expecting more details on when and exactly where this fight will take place, but with the first battle won we really need to favour the talented Thai fighter here.
(Image courtesy of the IBF)
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