Earlier today Kiatkreerin Promotion, the Thai promotional company Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, posted on their social media that they would be heading to purse bids for the mandatory title fight between their man Josh Taylor (16-0, 12).
Apparently negotiations between the two sides haven't reached an agreement, and with Taylor recently linking up with Top Rank and Downua doing the same with Samson Boxing, things do seem to have gotten a lot more complicated.
The purse will take place at the IBF offices on January 24th, with the champion taking home 65% of the purse and the challenger taking the other 35%.
Despite Taylor now being backed by the very powerful Top Rank, Kiatkreerin did seem pretty confident in bringing the bout to Thailand, with the suggestion being that they will make a hefty bid to get the rights to host the fight.
It should be noted that Taylor, the IBF an WBA "super" champion, is expected to be lined up for a 4 title unification bout with Jose Carlos Ramirez, if he keeps his titles. With that in mind it's unlikely he'd vacate the IBF belt, though if the bout does end up being won by the Thai's time there is a chance he'll drop the IBF belt. The likeliness however, is that the bout will probably end up being staged in either the US or the UK, with Top Rank expected to put in the highest bid an ensure they keep the control of the bout, and the 4 titles at the weight.
IBF mandatory challenger at 140lbs, Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, has signed a new co-promotional deal by inking a contract with established western promotional outfit Sampson Boxing, lead by Sampson Lewkowicz.
The deal will see Samspson Boxing work along Downua's long term promoter Kiat Kreerin Promotions, headed by Jimmy Chaichotchuang.
It's not the first time the two promotional teams have worked together, with the two said to have enjoyed a long and fruitful working relationship dating back almost 20 years, and both said to have enjoyed working together in the past.
Downua is the IBF mandatory for unbeaten Scottish fighter Josh Taylor (16-0, 12), who also holds the WBA title. He became the mandatory last year, when he travelled to Japan and stopped Japanese tough guy Akihiro Kondo [近藤 明広] in eye catching fashion. He has however had to wait for his shot, whilst the WBSS finished, with the tournament coming to an end in late October.
Taylor recently announced that he had signed with Top Rank promotions, who seemed to be bringing Taylor into the fold for a divisional super fight with WBC and WBO champion Jose Carlos Ramirez (25-0, 17), who will be defending his titles in early February in China. What we could end up seeing is a Taylor Vs Downua bout organised for Taylor's Top Rank debut, before the potential bout with Ramirez later down the line.
(Image courtesy of Komthai)
Earlier today it was revealed that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] had not only been training in Thailand, something that was already known, but had been getting top quality sparring over their.
Ito, who returns to the ring in September in a Lightweight bout in Tokyo, has recently been sparring with world ranked Light Welterweight Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, in Thailand, at the Kiat Keerarin Boxing Camp.
The Thai, who became the IBF mandatory challenger for the IBF Light Welterweight title thanks to a huge KO win over Akihiro Kondo, obviously looked much bigger than Ito through the spar. Though in footage released Ito looked sharp and was finding holes in Downua's defenses, an area the Thai needs to work on before getting a world title fight.
Sadly the footage from the session really was limited though showed enough to suggest that both men were taking some lessons from it, and that it was mutually beneficial.
(Image courtesy of Kiat Kreenin Promotion)
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