This weekend's WBO Featherweight world title fight between defending champion, and former amateur sensation, Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1) and highly experienced Thai Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33) appears to be regarded as a complete and utter mismatch by the bookies who have really made it very clear what they suspect will happen here.
Lomachenko, defending his belt for the first time, has been priced at a staggering 1/50 to retain the belt whilst the upset, Chonlatarn winning, can be backed at 16/1. The odds for a draw are generally available 33/1 for the bout.
Obviously with odds like that the no gambler will be putting anything on Lomachneko to win outright. There is however money available on the method of victory with Lomachenko priced at 4/6 to win by TKO/KO or DQ whilst the Ukrainian via decision is as high as 8/5. It seems clear the bookies as expecting the Ukrainian to become the first fighter to stop the Thai veteran. For those expecting Chonlatarn to win you can get 33/1 on Chonlatarn inside the distance and 40/1 on Chonlatarn to win a decision.
In regards to the bout going the distance you can 1/2 on the bout finishing inside the scheduled 12 rounds and 6/4 on the bout going the complete schedule.
Just moments ago saw the official weigh in for this weekend's big show from Macau.
The main event fight, being fought at a contracted 144lbs, saw WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38) weighing 143.8lbs whilst his challenger Chris Algieri (20-0, 8) was 144.4lbs on his first attempt on the scales. On a second attempt at the scales Algieri was 144.2lbs leaving him with 2 hours to lose 0.2lbs, which shouldn't be much of an issue considering Algieri has previously been fighting at 140lbs. If Algieri makes the weight in the next hour or two then their world title bout will go ahead as expected.
The second world title fight to have a weight in saw Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1, 23) weigh in at 139.3lbs for his WBA Light Welterweight world title challenger against the unbeaten Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9) who weighed in dead on the Light Welterweight limit at 140lbs. Both men only needed one attempt to make weight here.
The shows remaining world title bout, a contest between WBO Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1) and Thai veteran Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33) also saw both men make weight with both weighing 126lbs spot on, though Chonlatarn genuinely looked awful on the scales, whilst Lomachenko looked in great condition.
Although the fans were loud for Pacquiao they were even louder for local megastar Zou Shiming (5-0, 1) who was 112lbs for his bout with unbeaten Thai Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-0-2, 12), who was also 112lbs.
Local star Kuok Kun Ng (5-0, 2) was well under the Light Middleweight limit weighing in at just 151.3lbs whilst his opponent, the unbeaten, Stephen Attard (5-0-2, 2) was more than 2lbs heavier coming in just under the Light Middleweight limit at 153.9lbs. From the weight of Ng here we do wonder if his future lies at Welterweight rather than Light Middleweight though it's clear he's in no real rush to find out either way as he concentrates on developing his boxing rather than narrowing his weight class.
Another local star on this show's undercard is Hong Kong's exciting Rex Tso (14-0, 9) who was just under the Sly Flyweight division weighing in at 114.8lbs, his lowest weight since his war with Mako Matsuyama. Tso's opponent, Indonesian fighter, Espinos Sabu (11-2-1, 5) was 115.6lbs, more than half a lb over the Super Flyweight limit.
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Recently the Thai pair of Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33) and Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-0-2, 12) both arrived in Macau ahead of career defining fights. Unfortunately for both they each have some minor issues including weight to lose and problems at the hotel.
Both men were very slow to check in to the hotel which appears to have been busy ahead of this weekend's big show. By they had each checked in they were said to have looked extremely tired, despite the fact they had only taken a few hours to get from their Thai homeland to Macau.
The experienced Chonlatarn will be fighting WBO Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1) in what will be the Thai fighter's second world title bout. From what we understand he had got some 8lbs to lose before his weigh in. That however shouldn't be that difficult with the weight loss being something he would expect to lose from draining. Despite the weight he has been quoted as saying he has had the best camp of his career so far.
Kwanpichit on the other hand is apparently 5lb above his target weight ahead of his bout with Zou Shiming (5-0, 1). Kwanpichit appears to know that he has been selected as the "fall guy" for Shiming ahead of a proposed IBF title fight featuring the Chinese fighter next year. The Thai know that he has been written off by many and that a win here would really throw a spanner in the works of those plans. He will also be aware that Shiming isn't as bad as some in the west suggest and will know that this is the toughest bout of his career.
The two men both appear confident of wins despite being being viewed as big under-dogs, if either wins then they will become a very attractive opponent to fight in 2015 and could see big money thrown their way. A loss for either will just send them back on to the Thai scene where activity pays despite a low level of competition.
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Pacquiao and Algieri begin media tour, Kwanpichit Vs Shiming AND Piriyapinyo Vs Lomachenko both confirmed!
Yesterday was a big day for many in boxing, not because of the fights but because of the build up to a fight that will occur on November 22nd, almost 3 months away. That is the build up to the WBO Welterweight title fight between defending champion and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38) and the unbeaten American Chris Algieri (20-0, 8).
The press conference took place with both men in Macau and was certainly a playful but respectful conference with Pacquiao being towered over by the American who playfully bent his knees for a face-to-face photo.
Both men gave credit to their opponent with Algieri being described as a troublesome due to his speed, height and reach whilst Pacquiao is of course and attractive fight for anyone who is hoping to become a mainstream star.
The press tour, which began in Macao, will see the fighters heading to Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York all before the fight time as they try to bring the fight to fever pitch.
We know some fans have been disappointed by the match up but the under-card for the show is beginning to take form and look interesting. In fact the press conference in Macau confirmed the stories that broke to the English language press last week.
One of those stories was that Thailand's unbeaten Kwanpichit OnesongChaigym (27-0-2, 12) would be fighting Zou Shiming (5-0, 1), a story that has been suggest will be a title eliminator. Apparently the bout was announced a WBO world title eliminator though we'd suggest that if Shiming wins he will be heading towards an IBF world title fight and not a WBO one, after all Juan Francisco Estrada would almost certainly eat Shiming up for breakfast. What is likely is that Top Rank have tried to keep their options open in case Amnat Ruenroeng loses his upcoming IBF title fight with McWilliams Arroyo.
The other story is that the highly experienced Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33) would be battling WBO Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1) in a mandatory title fight. This will be Lomachenko's first title defence whilst Piriyapinyo will be fighting in his second world title fight following a previous loss to Chris John in a WBA title fight. This is a huge test for the Thai though it does look like a very high profile opportunity for the Thai to make a name for himself.
We have also been informed that WBA interim Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vazquez (33-1, 17) would be defending his belt against Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10). Unfortunately is this takes place it would take both men out of the Takashi Uchiyama sweepstakes as "KO Dynamite" continues to look for an opponent for December 31st.
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Just a few moments ago we were informed about a major negotiations involving Thailand's experienced Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33) and Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1), the WBO Featherweight champion.
From what we understand Chonlatarn, the WBO #1 ranked Featherweight, will be getting his opportunity at the world title on November 22nd in Macau as part of the Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 28) versus Chris Algieri (20-0, 8) under-card, as long as the negotiations can be completed in the coming days.
For many fans this will be a disappointing match up for Lomachenko considering the bouts that he has been linked to though it seems likely that he is happy to appease the WBO and take out their top contender before looking towards bigger bouts next year. After all there is no point having a mandatory bout scupper bigger bouts further down the line.
Ukrainian Lomachenko was one of the greatest amateurs of all time. He was beaten just once in a glittering career that included multiple gold medals at World Amateur Championships, Olympics and European championships and as a professional he claimed a world title in just his 3rd bout, tying a long standing record of Saensak Muangsurin.
Although amazingly skilled Lomachenko has shown flaws as a professional and we dare say that the best time to challenge him is now. He's only going to get better and better and if you're in Chonlatarn's shoes it may well be now or never.
For the Thai this would be his second world title fight after suffering a defeat in a WBA Featherweight world title bout with Chris John back in November 2012. In that bout his lack of experience at a high level cost him dearly and he was easily out pointed by the Indonesian great. Odds are he loses again here if he meets Lomachenko as proposed but it makes more sense for him to take the opportunity than staying on the side lines dreaming of a big fight.
From what we understand this bout would the third notable fight on the card playing the support role not just to the Pacquiao bout but also to Zou Shiming's (5-0, 1) bout which is being reported to be against Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-0-2, 12).
At the moment Chonlatarn Vs Lomachenko hasn't been signed, sealed and delivered but the news from Thailand makes it sound like a case of dotting the i's and crossing the t's. A foregone conclusion if you will.
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