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.
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Earlier today it was revealed that former Thai amateur standout Apichet Petchmanee (1-0, 1) will return to the ring on December 22nd as he gets his first title bout.
The talented Apichet, who debuted in debuted in October and stopped the then 13-0 Attanon Kunlawong in 2 rounds, will be up against fellow unbeaten Thai Sadudee Tor Buamas (8-0, 6), himself a former PABA champion, in a bout for the OPBF "silver" Light Welterweight title.
In theory the champion will have their eye on the OPBF regular title, held by Japan's Rikki Naito (23-2, 7) [内藤 律樹], and that would be something to look forward to in the new year given the amateur pedigree of Apichet and the power of Sadudee.
The bout will be shown on Workpoint, so there will be an international stream available for the contest and looks to be yet another treat boxing fans will be getting in the run up to Christmas.
Earlier today fight fans in had the chance to tune into Workpoint TV to see the debut of former amateur standout Apichet Petchmanee (1-0, 1), who stopped the once touted Attanon Kunlawong (13-1, 10), aka Kongthara KKP, in 2 rounds!
Apichet, who had experience in the WSB as well as the amateur scene, looked every bit an accomplished fighter in the ring as he moved around smartly, looked for counters and struck with some very eye catching body shots. His more experienced foe managed to land the occasional blow of note, but Apichet rode them well whilst connecting cleanly when he landed himself.
In round 2 Apichet seemed to be sent out with with the order making an impression and he did just that, taking the fight to his man and drilling him with a number of right hands up top. Around 100 seconds into round 2 a huge straight right hand to the body Attanon down in agony, in what was a delayed reaction. To his credit he got back to his feet, and continued trying to fight back, but he was a wounded fighter and Apichet went in for the finish, dropping his man again with a crunching left hook to the body after a brutal assault.
Although it's unclear when he will fight for the second time this was a huge win for Apichet and the type of performance that should put him on the boxing map. To do that on his debut is very impressive, and amazing he seemed to do so whilst fighting well within himself.
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