On Friday morning we saw distressing scenes as Thai youngster Chanachai CP Freshmart (5-1, 2) [ชนะชัย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] collapsed in the ring between rounds 8 and 9 of his bout with Dexter Alimento (10-0, 7). After collapsing Chanachai was taken to hospital in what looked to be a very serious condition.
Earlier today Thai sources reported an update on Chanachai's condition informing us that the youngster had indeed suffered a bleed on the brain, one they described as a "little" bleed, and was being kept in an intensive care unit (ICU) as doctors continued to do tests whilst working around the clock to try and help the fallen youngster. As well as being in the ICU there are brain specialists looking over him and analysing the tests results.
From what we understand Alimento was also taken to hospital, as a precaution, though there has been no news revealed in regards to him having any serious injury.
We hope to bring you more on this story as it develops and, of course, wish Chanachai a speedy recovery.
Alimento wasn't taken to hospital after the fight. We took information from the Thai media and have since been corrected by Alimento's manager Rey Marban
Earlier today Thai fans got the chance to see a tragic bout that saw the WBC Youth Minimumweight title change hands, going from local favouriteChanachai CP Freshmart (5-1, 2) [ชนะชัย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] to little known Filipino Dexter Alimento (10-0, 7). Unfortunately what was a fun bout for 8 rounds ended in a really worrying and scary manner.
The fight started with Chanachai trying to apply pressure but it was clear that Alimento knew what to expect and boxed excellently using his hand speed to land clean blows and his footwork to neutralise the aggression of the Thai.
The talented Filipino continued to find holes for his counter shots through out the early going and was happy to use Chanachai's aggression against him whilst landing crisp shots on the inside.
Despite the excellent boxing of the challenger he found himself down on the cards after 4 rounds, losing 39-37 on all 3 cards when they were made public.
Whilst the cards were certainly not reflective of the action in the ring they didn't seem to effect the Filipino too negatively, though did make him slightly more reckless at times. The action, after the open scoring, continued to see Chanachai pressing the action and Alimento looking for counters, which he continued to find far too easily, especially with the right hand's upstairs.
In round 8 the toll of those Alimento shots, and the effort Chanachai was putting in, took it's effect with the Filipino finishing the 8th with a huge assault. Chanachai saw it off, but it was clear he was coming undone and the judges were starting to appreciate the work of Chanachai, who had kept in touching distance on the cards, despite the scores all being 77-75 for Chanchai after 8 rounds.
Sadly prior to round 9 Chanchai appeared to pass out in his corner and his team tried all they could to revive him in the ring. Unfortunately their attempts appeared to fail and he was later carried out of the ring on a stretcher with Alimento seen in tears at his fallen adversary.
At the moment we've not had any news on Chanachai's status and we do him the best, but given the state he was in the signs aren't good for the Thai who had looked like one of the most exciting youngsters in the sport prior to today's bout.
Whilst Alimento shined, and scored his biggest win to date, it's fair to say that it's not the way he would have wished to have won and the scenes will likely live with the young Filipino for the rest of his career.
We have included the video of the fight below but please be aware their are some very worrying scenes at the end of the fight.
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Thai hopeful Chanachai CP Freshmart (5-0, 2) [ชนะชัย พีซีเฟรชมาร์ท] will be returning to the ring on January 29th as defends his WBC Youth Minimumweight crown against fellow unbeaten Dexter Alimento (9-0,6), from the Philippines.
For those who haven't seen the exciting Chanachai he does look to be another of Thailand's notable emerging fighters with a really fan friendly style based on ultra-aggression and high work rate. It's that work rate that has seen the young Thai claim the WBC Youth title and record two defenses of the title, including 10 round decisions over Wilber Andogan and Lester Abutan.
As for Alimento he's the current MinProBA Minimumweight champion and, at just 19 years old, he really does have a lot of time to develop into becoming a very good fighter. This is however a massive step up for the Filipino who has never previously faced a fighter with a winning record, or fought outside of the Philippines. Despite the step up the youngster will be confident given his unbeaten record.
For those who haven't seen the champion in action we have included footage of him below.
Earlier today we were e-mailed by our good friend Pal who informed us that the WBC Minimumweight title fight, between defending champion Wanheng Menayothin (39-0, 14) and Korean banger Korean Young Gil Bae (26-4-1, 21), had seen the challenger fail to make weight.
From the e-mail we received it appears that the Korean was 1.5lbs over the Minimumweight limit, a limit that he had never previously made. Not only was he over-weight but it appears that he he never tried to make the limit.
The weigh in fiasco leaves us all wondering what the WBC were doing by allowing him to even fight for the title given that he had never come close to the divisional limit before. Whilst Bae should be ashamed the WBC have also been left with egg on their face whilst the promoter of the bout should also be feeling very annoyed.
Whilst Bae has failed to make weight it does seem like the bout will take place and it will be televised on Channel 7 tomorrow from 13:43 to 16:45, local time. The telecast is also expected to show Petch sor Chitpattana (33-0, 21), defending his WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title against Filipino Jeson Umbal (8-3, 6), the exciting Chanachai CP Freshmart (4-0, 2), defending his WBC Youth Minimumweight title against Indonesian Silem Serang (2-1) and bouts featuring former world champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (57-1-1, 22) and Noknoi Sitthiprasert (54-4, 32), who looks to extend his insanely long winning run.
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We've known for a while that Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5) would be defending his WBA interim Minimumweight title against Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman (65-11-5, 35). Today that bout was finally announced at a press conference held in Thailand.
The bout will see the 24 year old Knockout make the first defence of his "title", that he won by out pointing Carlos Buitrago last year, and take a huge step towards getting a shot at WBA regular champion Hekkie Budler, who successfully defended his title this past weekend. For Knockout it's a must win bout if he's to get a shot at Budler. For he 43 year old Rachman it's a chance to end his long career on a high.
As well as the main event there were 3 other bouts announced for the show.
The chief support bout on the card will see Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (43-2, 25) defending his PABA Bantamweight title against Filipino challenger Mateo Handig (13-8, 7) in what looks to be a disgustinng mismatch due to the significant size advantage of the champion. Handig was world ranked not too long ago, and does hold a major win over Katsunari Takayama, but is a Minimumweight jumping up to Bantamweight.
Another support bout will see Noknoi Sitthiprasert (52-4, 30) put his 51 fight winning streak on the line against Filipino journeyman Donny Mabao (21-24-1, 4). Noknoi, who is unbeaten since 2005, is actually facing one of his better opponents here, though Mabao does look like a fighter struggling for form and has lost his last 4, including an OPBF Minimumweight title bout to Ryuji Hara and a WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title bout against Nawaphon Por Chokchai.
Another bout on this card will see former WBA interim Flyweight champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-3, 20) make his return to the ring for the first time since losing a WBA Flyweight unification bout against Juan Carlos Reveco last year. Yodmongkol has had a trio of hard fights coming into this bout and will now be fighting a very easy looking contest as he goes up against Pongpan Patanakan Gym (0-5).
The final bout we've been made aware of will feature the very exciting Chanachai Cp Freshmart (2-0, 1), who currently holds the WBC Youtn Minimumweight title. Chanchai will be battling fellow unbeaten Chatpetch Por Pakdee (2-0) in a non-title bout that comes just weeks after Chanachai defended his belt with a clear decision against Wilber Andogan.
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