Earlier today in Thailand, like on Workpoint and DAZN, fans were able to see two of the hottest Thai based hopefuls in action, and although both picked up wins there was certainly question marks left hanging over one of the two.
The first of the two unbeaten fighters was Apichet Petchmanee (4-0, 2), who turned professional last year with back to back quick wins. Unfortunately today he was rather lucky as he narrowly over-came former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-4, 41).
On paper this was a huge step up in class for Apichet, but what he was supposed to manage with no real issues against a smaller, older man who hadn't been particularly active in recent years and was a long way removed from his prime days as a Featherweight. Surprisingly however Chonlatarn showed next to no respect for the unbeaten prospect, and seemed to out battle, out punch, out war and out fight Apichet at times, clearly rocking him more than once.
Although being tagged more than he had in his first 3 professional bouts Apichet showed his toughness and dug in deep, doing just enough to earn the decision on the official cards, and retaining his unbeaten record. Despite the win it seems like Apichet really isn't developing as hoped and it's maybe best for him to move back up in weight, from Lightweight to Light Welterweight, as he certainly seemed more authoritative with the extra 5 lbs behind his shots.
The other was Thai based Dutch born fighter Nick Frese (10-0, 8), who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title with a 6th round win over Filipino Sonny Katiandagho (12-5, 7), who has now lost 4 of his last 5 including 3 losses by TKO. Frese dominated this from the off and was show boating whilst breaking down the Filipino in a very good performance from the unbeaten man.
Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand, on WorkPoint, and in the US, on DAZN, will get the chance to see the next WP Boxing event.
One of the main bouts of the card will see fast rising hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (3-0, 2) take on former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-3, 41), in what is a big step up in quality for the unbeaten fighter.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in at 135lbs and looked in good shape for the bout.
For Apichet this is his second bout at Lightweight, following a decision win over Japan's Shota Suito back in March, in a bout that saw Apichet win the WBO Asian Boxing Council silver Lightweight title. Prior to that bout he had fought at 140lbs. Chonlatarn, also known as Suriya Tatakhun, typically fought as a Featherweight, before moving up to Super Featherweight in the later stages of his career, and is the naturally smaller man coming in to this bout.
For fans wanting to watch this card, it will begin at 14:30 Bangkok time.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
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.
We saw a new OPBF Silver Light Welterweight champion being crowned in Thailand today, as former amateur stand out Apichet Petchmanee (2-0, 2) stopped countryman Sadudee Tor Buamas (8-1, 6) in a short but entertaining contest in Bang Phun.
On paper the match up looked brilliant, with Apichet taking on his second unbeaten in as many fights. In reality however it was a mismatch with Apichet taking control early and doing as he pleased. Apichet began by taking center ring but seemed to quickly realise that luring Sadudee in made more sense, and he managed to land several good right hands as his foe came towards him. The novice professional seemed to be having a lot of fun in there, even mugging off Sadudee and playing to the crowd at one point. Despite taking a fair bit of punishment Sadudee also played to the crowd, at least at the end of the round, when he began ducking and diving to non-existent punches.
Apichet's intent to beat up Sadudee showed again in round 2 when he rocked his man with a huge right hand. Sadudee was backed into the ropes and forced to take some solid shots that clearly hurt him, and forced him to fight back in desperation. Apichet calmly stepped backwards, reset himself and came forward again, cornering his man who took a number of clean shots, a series of uppercuts and kept getting wailed on until he took a knee. The referee immediately waved off the bout, despite Sadudee complaining after getting to his feet.
With the win Apichet opens the door to a potential showdown with Rikki Naito in the new year. He also showed that he really is one of the top hopefuls in Thailand, and despite being 29 he shouldn't be written off on the basis of his age. In fact we suspect he will be put on a mega fast track to a world ranking and a potential world title fight.
Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand will get the chance to see Apichet Petchmanee (1-0, 1) battle against Sadudee Tor Buamas (8-0, 6) in a bout for the OPBF silver Light Welterweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for their bout, and both men made the weight with some room to spare.
On the scales Apichet was 139lbs whilst Sadudee was 139.5lbs.
The bout will be shown on Workpoint TV tomorrow, and will be well worth tuning in to, even if it just a chance to see if Apichet, a former amateur standout, is as good as he looked on his debut, when he stopped the then 13-0 Attanon Kunlawong.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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