Over the years it's become harder and harder to care about what happens in Thailand. The mismatches have become even more regular than they were in the past and the notable and interesting bouts have become less and less common.
We've also seen fewer and fewer stay busy fights from world champions, giving even the poor shows something of a highlight.
Thankfully WP Boxing has been the series which has ignored the trend, doing their own thing and putting on some pretty interesting match ups, and we've even seen a decent upset or two.
Another good WP Boxing bout was announced recently, as local hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (5-0, 2) will be up against dangerous Indonesian Ari Agustian (8-0, 8) on December 21st, in a really good looking bout...though one with a big issue.
Apichet was thrown in deep from the moment he turned pro and so far his opponents have had a combined 164-16-1 record, an insane number though one clearly skewed by twice fighting Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo twice. Although he's not shined this year, struggling to beat Chonlatarn twice and putting in a less than inspired performance against Shota Suito, it's clear he is a talent and one of the men WP Boxing is being built around.
As for Agustian, he's a genuine Indonesian hopeful and not someone with just an inflated record. In his 8 bouts he has stopped Bido Siminjuntak, and Zun Rindam on the international stage and travelled to China to stop Baolin Kang. The one main issue for him will, however, be size, and he's a natural Featherweight, go up against a natural Lightweight.
If Agustian can carry his power up he could be a genuine test for Apichet. Regardless we do hope to see Agustian coming to win and asking real questions of the unbeaten Thai.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Earlier today we saw Apichet Petchmanee (5-0, 3) and Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-5, 41) battle for the second time this year, and like their first bout they went the distance in a very close contest. This time however the bout was a 10 round contest, unlike their 6 rounder in June, and was some silverware, as the fighters traded blows for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title.
Like their first bout there was very little to separate the two men, with Apichet's youth, hunger and skills being matched against Chonlatarn's experience and ring craft. It made for a really interesting dynamic between the two men, and
The better shots seemed to be coming from Apichet through out, but the veteran never looked ton be badly hurt and was often the one on the front foot, forcing the fight and was always in the contest with his pressure.
From the first round to the last there was little to split them, Apichet's jab was a key in the early going, but Chonlatarn never seemed bothered by his power whilst marching forward and made things look a lot more competitive than they perhaps were, at times.
After 10 rounds all 3 judges had the bout scored 96-94 to Apichet who continues bis perfect start to to the pro ranks. Sadly for For Chonlatarn this was a third loss in 4 bouts.
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.
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