Earlier today in Bangkok local fans were given a number of notable treats. Not only were they able to see Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take part in an exhibition bout but also a couple of new champions being crowned, as two locals won OPBF silver titles.
One of those new champions is Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) who defeated Japanese fighter Umi Ishikawa (7-3, 5) [石川海] to become the new OPBF silver Female Minimumweight champion.
Kanyarat, who was seen last year in Japan being stopped by Kasumi Saeki, fought on the back foot early on, and landed the better shots, including some very good counters. Sadly though her good work was often overshadowed by her unnecessary use a few dirty tactics up close, including pushing the laces of her gloves in Ishikawa's face and a few rabbit punches. As the fight went on Ishikawa began to fade, tiring her self out and mentally looking like she had had enough of Kanyarat's tactics. When that happened the local turned the tables, began coming forward, unloading a huge flurry that sent Ishikawa down. She would beat the count but the referee wisely choose not to allow the bout to continue, at an official time of 1:57 of round 3
The other new champion is Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, who stopped Filipino journeyman Crison Omayao (24-19-4, 8) to become the new OPBF Silver Light Flyweight champion.
Omayao had failed to make weight at the weigh in yesterday, so was unable to win the belt, though never really looked competitive with the Thai. From the opening round Satanmuanglek looked in control, pressed the action and despite being the lighter man at the weigh in looked the much stronger man. It was the educated pressure from Satanmuanglek that was key and he was breaking down the Filipino round by round, with brutal body shots,being the main feature. Those body would send Omayao to the canvas 3 times to force a 4th round TKO win.
Tomorrow we'll see Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (10-0, 4) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, battle against experienced Filipino foe Crison Omayao (24-18-4, 8) in a bout for the OPBF silver Light Flyweight title.
Sadly Omayao won't be able to win the title, after failing to make weight today for the bout against his Thai foe.
The Thai made the 108lb limit with no issues, though Omayao came in at 110lbs.
Omayao was then unable to reduce his weight afterwards, making him ineligible to win the title, even if he does defeat the Thai.
A second title bout on this show will see Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (4-2, 2) face off with Japan's Umi Ishikawa (7-2, 5) [石川海] in a contest for the OPBF silver Female Minimumweight title. The Thai made the 105lb limit whilst Ishikawa was 102lbs for the bout.
(Image courtesy of Phet Yindee Boxing Promotion / Thairec)
Earlier today it was revealed that Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (10-0, 4) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, would be returning to the ring on February 22nd to fight against experienced Filipino Crison Omayao (24-18-4, 8) in a bout for the OPBF Silver Light Flyweight title.
The bout will be a good step up for Satanmuanglek, who has been touted as one to watch but has yet to really shine. It will also see him fighting at 108lbs, which may well suit him more than the 105lbs that he has been fighting at for his most notable bouts to date.
Omayao has a name that many fans will recognise. He was the opponent that Naoya Inoue made his professional debut against, and has also shared the ring with the likes of Kosei Tanaka, Wanheng Menayothin, Xiong Zhao Zhong, Francisco Rodriguez Jr and Merlito Sabillo, among others. He was once a good test for prospects, but with 8 T/KO losses to his name it's hard to know what he really has left to offer, and this is clearly more about the Thai and how he looks at 108lbs.
The bout will be aired on Thai Channel 7 from 13:45 to 15:45 local time.
According to Thai sources the WBC Minimumweight title bout between unbeaten champion Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] has been rescheduled.
Originally the bout was set for March 1st though sources are now reporting it has been pushed back 4 weeks, and will instead take place on 29th. There isn't a clear reason given as to why it has been scheduled, but there more to this story.
First it appears that Wanheng will return in the ring before facing Fukuhara, battling against WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท]. The sources report that we will get the two world champions in the ring together, though unclear if it will be a joint public training session or a public spar, on February 22nd as both put touches towards their training for their next defenses.
For Wanheng that next defense will be the Fukuhara bout at the end of March. For Knockout things aren't totally clear, though it seems like he will be risking his title in April, rescheduled what was supposed to be a late March, though his opponent and the exact date of his bout are currently unknown.
It should be noted that the Wanheng Vs Knockout confrontation will take place on a card that will also see Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (10-0, 4) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, battle against Crison Omayao (24-18-4, 8) in a bout for the OPBF Silver Light Flyweight title. Both are expected to be shown on the Channel 7 broadcast from 13:45 to 15:45 local time.
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