Unbeaten Thai hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (3-0, 2) returned to the ring earlier today and notched his third win as a professional, taking a wide decision over Japanese fighter Shota Suito (11-10-1, 1) [水藤翔太] in Bang Phun.
The bout was part of the first WP Boxing event of 2019, and was streamed in the US on DAZN, giving fans around the globe a chance to see what the fuss was with Apichet. Sadly he didn't really shine against a tough but light hitting Japanese visitor. The opening round was close but from there on the Thai dominated without coming close to stopping Suito, who should good toughness, and survival instincts when he needed them.
In the end the bout was scored 100-90, twice, and 99-91, to the Thai but there was something lacking from his performance after very impressive performances last October and December. This wasn't bad as such, but he failed to deliver like he had in earlier contests. For Suito this was a 4th straight loss, and a 7th loss in 9. With this win Apichet now holds the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Lightweight title.
Also on this card was former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง], who scored a 6 round win over Filipino puncher Brian Lobetania (13-7-3, 11), who has now lost 3 in a row following an excellent win at the time over Kai Chiba.
Earlier today the thaitimenews.com reported the full details of the February 8th card in Thailand which is stacked with names and is being held primarily for charity.
The event, which is being used to raise money for equipment for a Royal Thai Air Force Hospital that is set to be completed weeks after the show, will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with a 2 hour time slot, and 5 scheduled contests, with 3 being televised, including an exhibition featuring two very notable fighters.
The card is set to open with former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (42-8, 19) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์] taking on former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] in an 8 round bout at 122lbs.
Following that we'll then get a 3 round exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL], this will be Srisaket's final "bout" before his proposed rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26), which is set to be Srisaket's DAZN debut.
The main event of the scheduled telecast will see Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] facing off with former world title contender Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) in a bout for the WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
If time permits the broadcast is then expected to show some of the remaining action from the card. This includes Namphol Sithsaithong (18-10-1, 10) [มาร์ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling in a 6 round Flyweight bout.
The time slot for the broadcast is 13:45 to 15:45 local time with the whole event being held in a temporary ring at the parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai and will be free to attend. Given the the notable men in action, including a current world champion, a former world champion, 3 former world title challengers and a rising young star, the crowd is expected to be sizable.
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Earlier today in Thailand fight fans saw former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] come up short in a very fan friendly bout against former WBC Flyweight title contender Nawaphon Por Chokchai (41-1, 33) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น]. The bout was highly anticipated in Thailand, where it was the headline bout of a card on television channel Workpoint, but it easily out did any expectations.
From the off the two men set a great pace with the former world champion throwing a lot of leather, boxing well behind his jab and regularly backing up the younger man. Nawahpon, at times, liked like he had no answer for the speed or variation of Amnat who landed blows up top and to the body with alarming ease. It looked like a totally different Amnat to the one we had become accustomed to, and instead of the dirty fouling and wresling tactics we had previously we instead saw a highly skilled and busy boxer-mover with lovely fluid combinations.
To his credit Nawaphon never looked badly hurt, but he did seem beweildered at the accuracy and speed of his much older foe.
In round 2 Nawaphon picked up his own pace but continued to be out worked and out boxed by Amnat, who showed little respect to the younger man, standing at mid distance and letting his shots roll. Nawaphon would have more moments, and his shots seemed heavier, but was being out landed by Amnat, who went to the body with some lovely shots and regularly found holes in Nawaphon's defense.
The pace continued to be thrilling in round 3, but for the first time Nawaphon's success was starting to match that of Amnat, with his power being the diffeence maker and his body shots clearly getting to the former world champion. Amnat began to be a bit more stationary than he had been earlier in the fight and with his movement gone he was forced to put up a high guard to protect from Nawaphon's shots, with many getting through. Despite the success of Nawaphon through the round Amnat continued to let his hands go freely with a series of big right hands landing clean late in the round, they were however forgotten as Nawaphon returned them with interest.
The bout reached it's peak in round 4 as Amnat began to sit on his punches, losing the volume but looking to make an impact with every shot. It was a change in tactic that helped Nawaphon as the two began to have a brawl, taking it in turns to land big shots. The idea of defense seemed to go out of the window as they both looked to prove they were the tough, stronger and more powerful man. By the end of the round the power of Nawaphon had began to take it's toll and Amnat hurt several times towards the end of the round.
With the cobwebs firmly in his head and his legs losing the steam they once had the end seemed nigh for Amant. The veteran however made it cear he wanted to go out on his shield and looked to take the fight to Nawaphion again in round 5. It was a decision that proved to be a bad one, as the two looked bomb each other out. Part way through the round Amnat's gas tank hit empty and Nawaphon sensed it, picking up the pace and finishing the show with a wild assault that dropped Amnat.
with the veteran down the bout was stopped with Amnat looking in a pretty bad way at one point. The downfall for the veteran seemed to have been coming a whilen but a clean right hand sped up the process and helped give Nawaphon his biggest career win.
The future for Amnat is likely to be a retirement, though we have heard that from him before, whilst Nawaphon will be looking to build on this win and move towards some other potentially bigger fights down the line. This win sees Nawaphon retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Flyweight title, a title that would have been vacant had Amnat won, following his failure to make weight yesterday.
Notably it does feel like Workpoint are putting quality control on the shows they host and this is the second great all-Thai bout they've given us this year, hopefully more will follow.
Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand will see former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-2, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] battle against former WBC Flyweight title contender Nawaphon Por Chokchai (40-1, 32) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น]. The bout is one of the most anticipated All-Thai bouts in years and looks like it will be a really good match up.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and unfortunately Amnat actually failed to make the weight for bout, coming in at 117lbs for a bout at a contracted 115lbs. Despite beign over-weight the bout will go on, however Amant is not eligible to win the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Flyweight Title, which Nawaphon will be defending.
As for the champion he was 115lbs, and will be able to record a succesful defense of the title here, if he wins, however if he loses the title will be come vacant.
For those wanting to watch the bout it will be televised on Workpoint, channel 23, in Thailand.
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Top Thai fighters not facing each other has been an issue over the past few years, with promoters looking to move fighters into big international fights without letting their men prove to be the best in the Land of Smiles. As a result we've seen years of mismatches as the Thai scene has began to stagnate in some ways, with very few fighters really being able to make a name for themselves outside of their homeland and instead we've been seeing more and more over-padded records. Thankfully that does seem to be changing, and only a few days ago we had a brilliant bout between Kompayak Porpramook and Pongsaklek Sithdabnij.
It seems like the recent Kompayak Vs Pongsaklek bout isn't a one off, and one on April 21st we'll see former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-2, 6) battle against former WBC Flyweight title contender Nawaphon Por Chokchai (40-1, 32) in what looks like another brilliant all Thai match up between veteran and up and comer.
At his best Amnat was a tricky assignment for anyone. From January 2014, when he beat Rocky Fuentes, to May 2016, when he lost to John Riel Casimero, he was one of the top Flyweights on the planet. His title run, which saw him beating Fuentes, Kazuto Ioka, McWilliams Arroyo, Shiming Zou, Casimero and Myung Ho Lee, was really impressive and saw him become an established fighter. Sadly since then he has sort of bounced around picking up losses in kick boxing, Olympic boxing and, professional boxing.
As for Nawaphon he's best known for being stopped in 3 rounds in March 2017 against Juan Hernandez in a bout for the WBC Flyweight title. Since then he has stoppaed 4 poor opponents, going back to the point made earlier about Thai's fighting in mismatches. He's also the younger brother of Suriyan Sor Rungvisai and a stabemate of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
This bout will be for the World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Flyweight title and will be televised on Workpoint, Channel 23, in Thailand. A loss for Nawaphon would be disastrous whilst a win for Amnat would keep him relevant in professional boxing.
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