Earlier today fight fans were able to see former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (36-6-1, 20) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] score a unanimous decision win over Filipino foe Richard Rosales (13-7-2, 7) in a very forgettable contest, that saw him claim the IBF Pan Pacific Light Flyweight title.
The bout never really felt like it got going and although it was competitive that said more about how neither fighter really managed to keep any sort of tempo to the fight, rather than it being great back and forth. There was regular pauses in action, both men regularly fell short with shots and both seemed happy wander around the ring, just staying out of punching distance.
Despite the less than great contest the Thai, who is known for having beaten Ryo Miyazaki, challenged then world champion Katsunari Takayama and facing the likes Takuma Inoue, Felix Alvarado and Milan Melindo, ended up taking a clear decision on the score cards after 12 dire rounds. It was a decision that could have been question, though few will want to see the men go again. In fact most be willing to have the 45 minute it took to watch the bout back.
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Last year we saw former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (35-6-1, 20) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] suffer a brutal knockout in an IBF world title eliminator against Felix Alvarado. Since that bout he has fought just once, stopping 37 year old Chachai Sithsaithong, aka Suchat Kongkum, in 3 rounds.
Earlier today Fahlan had his next bout announce, with the gutsy Thai now set to take on Filipino fighter Richard Rosales (13-6-2, 7) in a bout for the IBF Pan Pacific Light Flyweight title, and likely a top 15 ranking with the IBF.
Fahlan is best known for his bouts in Japan, stopping Ryo Miyazaki in a major upset at the end of 2013, and his thrilling and controversial 2015 war with Katsunari Takayama. He's proven himself at world class, despite the loss to Alvarado, who is a brutal puncher. Rosales on the other hand is 0-2 outside of the Philippines, though has impressed and managed to push the very talented Jayr Raquinel close in a Flyweight bout last October.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be on Thairath, Thai channel 32.
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Back in September fight fans in the Philippines got an all out barn burner, as Milan Melindo (37-2, 13) retained his IBF Light Flyweight title against former WBA Minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10) in a dramatic and bloody bout that had fans on the edge of their seat.
The bout had moments of controversy, especially late on when Melindo's cuts were being worked on by his carner whilst the dictor was doing inspections. It essentially gave Melindo's team extra opportunity to work on the cuts and swelling around the eyes of the Filipino, helping him see his way to the final bell. The work on the facial damage was one of many issues that Budler's team had, along with a complaint about a knockdown against their man a wide-ish score card.
The complaints of Budler's team have seen the IBF take note and they have now ordered an immediate rematch,giving the promoters of the two men time to reach an agreement before ordering purse bids.
On one hand this is a great decision and will see us re-run one of the year's hidden gems, but on the other hand it does mean that heavy handed Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (30-2, 26) will beforced to wait for his shot at Melindo, despite having recently won an eliminator in style, by blasting out Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (32-6-1, 17) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] earlier this month.
Given Melindo's facial damage it's going to be a while before he returns to the ring, so the rematch with Budler could be time away, and Alvarado's shot is unlikely to come until mid-to-late 2018.
Yesterday in Nicaragua fight fans saw an IBF Light Flyweight world title eliminator, as Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (32-6-1, 17) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] battled against heavy handed Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (30-2, 26). On paper the bout was a mouth watering one, and a really good title eliminator against two world class fighters, who both deserved to be in the mix for title fighters.
The bout pitted the all out aggression and power of Alvarado with the skills, and counter punching of Fahlan. Sadly Fahlan however it was to be the power of the Nicaraguan that was the difference the two men.
Alvarado set the pace from the off, applying intense pressure on to the Thai who was quickly forced to fight off the ropes. It's a position we've seen Fahlan fight from with success in the past, but this time it always seemed like Alvarado was simply too strong and too powerful for Fahlan to back up, and the shots were flowing to the head and body of the Thai. To his credit Fahlan always tried to fight back but there was smply too many shots coming his way, with too much power, for him.
Late in the opening the Thai was dropped, following two hard right hands. The bell came soon after he rose, but it was clear that Alvarado meant business, and was looking for an early finish. The pressure from Alvarado continued in round 2 and once against Fahlan tried to fight off the ropes, but simply lacked the fire power to get Alvarado's respect. Instead of getting Alvarado's respect the Thai was just getting force fed power shots. To his credit Fahlan saw out the round, but it was clear that he was taking a real beating and that Alvarado wasn't going to let off.
Alvarado's aggression was again the key to begin round 3, and this time Fahlan was struggling to create any space, regularly being trapped in the corners. The shots were taking their toll and Fahlan was takeing them less well, until a dynamite right hand connected bang on the jaw and sent the Thai down hard, stopping the bout, and giving the Thai his first stoppage loss.
The loss for Fahlan will be a hard one to come back from. He wasn't just beaten, but he was beaten up, and left in a bad way needing medical attention whilst flat out on his back. As for Alvarado he will have put Milan Melindo on notice, and it's clear that Alvarado will not be wanting to wait long for his shot at the Filipino world champion.
Later today fight fans in the Nicaragua will get the chance to see an IBF Light Flyweight world title eliminator, as Thai visitor Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (32-5-1, 17) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] takes on heavy handed Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (29-2, 25), with the winner to get a shot at the world title next year.
Yesterday the two fighters took part in their weight in and both men came in at the 108lb limit.
Coming in to this bout the Nicaraguan is riding an 11 fight winning run, with 10 of those wins coming by stoppage,and he's looking like a monster with 5 straight opening round wins, including wins over fighters like Luis de la Rose, Karluis Diaz and Jose Antonio Jimenez. His power has been incredible recently and he's pursuing a third world title bout, after decision losses to Kazuto Ioka and Juan Carlos Revecco.
As for Fahlan he's been been having mixed for in recent years, going 10-3-1 in his last 14. He has however been competing well at world level with a win over Ryo Miyzaki, a draw with Tatsuya Fukuhara, and competitive losses to Katsunari Takayama and Milan Melindo.
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