Union Boxing Promotions recently revealed that they were talking to teams from Japan, Thailand and the Dominican republic in regards to challenging their man Artem Dalakian (17-0, 12).
Dalakian, an Azeri-born Ukrainian, is the current WBA Flyweight champion and is planning to make a voluntary defense of his title in December.
We have long seen Thai fighter Dennapa Kiatniwat(20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, being linked to a bout with champion, with Thai sources suggesting he was close to a deal. His compatriot Noknoi Sitthiprasert (68-5, 42) [นกน้อย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] is also thought to be in the running for a shot.
The Dominican fighter is almost certainly Gregorio Lebron (21-4, 16), who twice fought Stamp Kiatniwat for the interim title.
Things are a little less clear when it comes to the Japanese fighter, as there are no Japanese fighters currently ranked by the WBA at Flyweight. This could mean that a fighter is considering moving up, or down, in weight too face Dalakian, or that someone is set to find themselves in the next round of WBA rankings, such as recent WBO champion Sho Kimura (17-2-2, 10) [木村翔] .
With the bout planned for December we're expecting to see an announcement made in the coming weeks, and it's going to be interesting to speculate on which fighter may be next to face off with the unbeaten champion.
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According to sources in Thailand talks have began for WBA #2 ranked Flyweight Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, to get a world title shot at at Azeri born Ukrainian Artem Dalakian (17-0, 12).
At the moment it's unclear when the bout could take place, but the Thai's team are said to be wanting to be the next challenge for Dalakian, who was last seen stopping Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] earlier this year.
The Thai, who is ranked #2 by the WBA at the moment, was in action earlier this month, stopping Crison Omayao, in what was his 20th straight win and his 11th by stoppage. It seemed clear that that bout was to keep him busy and now with talk of his team pursuing Dalakian it's easy to see why.
From Dalakian's point of view the bout would be an easy to make one, one he could get and home and one he would be strongly favoured to win. Sadly though a win over Dennapa would do little to really enhance his reputation.
We suspect we'll hear more about this contest in the weeks to come, and could well see the contest taking place before the end of the year, if not very early in 2019, if Dalakian can't secure a bout with a big name foe.
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On August 10th Thai fight fans will have the chance to see two of their notable youngsters in action.
One of those fighters is former world title challenger Stamp Kiatniwat (20-2, 8) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม], who will be looking to bounce back from his May upset loss to Jaysever Abcede. The Thai youngster will be battling against Filipino foe Rolly Sumalpong (10-2-2, 4), who has gone 1-2-1 in his last whilst mixing with the likes of Ken Shiro and Toto Landero. The bout will see both men moving up to Super Flyweight as they fight for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title.
For both men the bout will be a must win if they want to be relevant going in to 2019. Stamp once looked like a Thai wonder kid but losses to Kazuto Ioka and Abcede have put the breaks on his dreams of being a Thai star whilst Sumalpong, who dropped Ken Shiro in their bout, has been struggling for form over the last few years.
Also on the card will be WBA #2 ranked Flyweight Dennapa Kiatniwat (19-1, 14) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], with his team suggesting he will be matched well as he looks to prepare for a potential world title fight. His opponent hasn't been named but we're expecting it to be a Filipino or Indonesian foe.
Strangely the WBA list Dennapa by his birth name, Sarawut Thawornkham and have him listed as being 12-0 (7), which leaves his world ranking very hard to explain, despite the fact he's the WBA Asia champion. His record on the WBA's website appears to be incomplete though they have risen him multiple times in recent months, with the Thai youngster having first broken into their rankings back in November 2016.
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