Yesterday in Argentina fans saw Thailand's Eaktawan BTU Ruaviking (22-5, 15) [ตะวัน BTU เรือไวกิ้ง], AKA Komgrich Nantapech, battle against former world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (39-3, 19) in an IBF Flyweight world title eliminator. Sadly for the Thai he wasn't able to book himself a second show at a world title as he was beaten by the Argentinian, who has secured himself a shot at Filipino icon Donnie Nietes.
The Thai looked aggressive from the opening moments, but lacked the skills needed to match his aggression, and instead it was Reveco who managed to get his shots off, landing shots with both hands. There were moments that the Thai had success, using his size and natural strength to press Reveco with some success but on the whole it was the combinations of the local favourite that impressed and looked incredibly fluid as he showed not only skills but also his experience.
As the bout wore on Eaktawan really did just refuse to back down from the fight, pursuing Reveco hard in the later stages and having some eye catching moments in round 11, but much like Yoshihiro Kamegai against Miguel Cotto, the aggression and pressure was never effective enough to have Reveco in too many issues. It was more competitive than the Kamegai Vs Cotto bout.
When we came to the final bell there was no doubting the winner, despite the effort of the Thai, and Reveco was well deserving of the victory, but Eaktawan certainly came to fight and will come again with his exciting style, gutsy mentality and refusal to just accept a loss. He never stopped trying and will be welcomed back at Oriental level in a heart beat. He's a solid fighter but no world beater, yet, though the potential is for him to rebuild and he seems to have the mentality to bounce back time and time again.
For Reveco a bout with Nietes either later this year or early next year would be an attractive match up,a good pay day and a winnable contest, which would be very fun to watch and feature a very high skill level. Hopefully that bout takes place sooner rather than later.
According to sources in Argentina Eaktawan BTU Ruaviking (22-4, 15) [ตะวัน BTU เรือไวกิ้ง], AKA Komgrich Nantapech, has booked himself an IBF Flyweight world title eliminator on August 18th, as he takes on former world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (38-3, 19) in Mendoza, Argentina.
The bout will decide the mandatory challenger for the IBF title, currently held by Filipino Donnie Nietes who won the title when he defeated the Thai earlier this year.
For Eaktwan the bout is his first outside of Asia, and sees him look to bounce back from his loss to Nietes back in April, when he had competitive moments against the Filipino. Prior to that loss he had been in good form winning 15 in a row with 11 stoppages. The competition might not have been great but included decent fighters like Takayuki Okumoto and Jenny Boy Boca.
As for Reveco, the former WBA Flyweight and WBA Light Flyweight champion, this will be his third fight since being stopped at the end of 2015 by Kazuto Ioka. The loss was his sole stoppage defeat, and his second loss to Ioka. In his last two bouts he has racked up clear decisions, but has been taking on limited opposition and this does look like a step back up in class for the 33, soon to be 34, year old Argentinian veteran.
For those interested this bout will be televised on TYC Sports.
Tomorrow fights fans in the Philippines and in Thailand will be able to see Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22) battle against Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (22-3, 15) [ตะวัน BTU เรือไวกิ้ง], AKA Komgrich Nantapech or Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking, in about for the vacant IBF Flyweight.
Today the two men weighed in for the bout, and both men made 112lbs for the bout, the divisional limit.
On the scales Eaktawan made weight at the first time of asking and looked in great shape and very confident, despite this being a huge step up in class for the Thai youngster. Whilst this is his first world title bout he seemed like he had prepared hard for the contest and hadn't come to bow over to Nietes.
The Filipino however struggled on the scales, weighing over the limit by a few ounches on his first attempt. He managed to make weight soon afterwards, albeit he had to do it nude and behind a towel. It may suggest that he's made mistakes in his attempt to make the weight, however given his experience it's likely to have been more an issue with calibration of some other scales they may have had in his hotel room.
For those wanting to see the weigh in we've included the video courtesy of the ever brilliant rappler, image courtesy of Thairec
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Earlier this week we reported that a deal was close to being done for an IBF Flyweight title bout between Filipino icon Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22) and rising Thai hopeful Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (22-3, 15). Now it seems that deal has been signed and sealed with ALA Promotions, the team behind Nietes, confirming the bout is sorted and will take place in Cebu City on April 29th as the headline bout of Pinoy Pride 40.
Although the bout is signed and sealed between the two teams the bout hasn't yet got a set venue, with that being the final thing that ALA will sort now that they have agreed the financial terms to stage the bout in Nietes' homeland.
As previously reported the card will also feature Mark Magsayo (15-0, 11) though it appears that early speculation regarding an appearance from Jason Pagara (40-2, 25) may have been wrong, with young puncher Jeo Santisima (12-2, 11) now being linked to the card.
We're expecting a venue to be announced shortly and more details for Pinoy Pride 40 should be revealed in the coming weeks.
(Image courtesy of Kiatkreerin)
Back in December Johnriel Casimero abandoned the Flyweight division and vacated the IBF title which left the IBF ordering a match up between 2-weight champion Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22) and rising Thai hopeful Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (22-3, 15). Since the IBF ordred the bout the two teams have been in talks and negotations and it now seems like that bout is almost set.
According to various Filipino sources the bout looks likely to take place on April 29th in Cebu City, with ALA stating that there was about a 90% chance that they would get control of the promotional rights for the contest.
At one point there speculatuion that the bout could end up in either Thailand or China but it seems like ALA have put their hand into their pockets and will be putting up the money to get Nietes home advantage as he looks to become a 3-weight champion and continue his brilliant legacy.
Whilst home advantage for Nietes will have been liked against anyone it is worth noting that Eaktawan hasn't fared particularly well on his travels, in fact he is 1-3 outside though he did win last time he was on the road out pointing Takayuki Okumoto in Osaka last year.
If ALA do indeed get the bout in April, as expected, the card will also feature Mark Magsayo (15-0, 11) and Jason Pagara (40-2, 25) in supporting bouts.
(Image courtesy of Kiatkreerin)
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