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.
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Later today fight fans in Mexico will see Thai veteran Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-2, 41) [ชลธาร อ.พิริยะภิญโญ] challenger WBO "Interim" Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (29-1, 26). The bout, Berchelt's first defense, is a stepping stone to the winner getting a bout with Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko.
Yesterday the two men weight in for the bout and both made the 130lb weight limit, with both men scaling 129.5lbs.
For Berchelt this bout sees him returning to the ring for the first time since he beat George Jupp back in March to win the title. The big punching Mexican is currently on an 8 fight stoppage run and is looking like an imposing fighter breaking through the ranks in impressive fashion.
For Chonlatarn this will be his 4th bout this year, and he's looking for a 10th straight win since losing to Lomachenko in November 2014. The busy Thai has twice come up short in world title bouts at 126lbs but will be hoping for more success in his first Super Featherweight title bout.
Chonlatarn hopes it's third time lucky as he faces Miguel Berchelt
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According to reports in the Mexican press we will see Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-2, 41) [ชลธาร อ.พิริยะภิญโญ] return to the ring in either July or August to fight WBO "Interim" Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (29-1, 26), in a bout for Berchelt's title.
The report suggests that the bout will take place on either July 16th or August 6th and will see Chonlatarn's third world title fight, following losses on the road to Chris John and Vasyl Lomachenko. The winner would then be set to face WBO champion Lomachenko, who won the WBO world title this past weekend in spectacular fashion.
At the moment the details are a bit scattered with no set venue, but the story should develop quickly given the specific dates that have been mentioned for the contest.
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