Yesterday in China fans were able to see the latest Silk Road tournament show, and it turned out not to be a good one for those with experience, as two well known and experienced fighters were upset by younger, less experience men.
One of those bouts saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良] losing a narrow split decision to 19 year old Ukrainian Georgiy Lashko (8-0, 4). Lashko, a real unknown, was a late replacement and was taking a massive step up in class, but was able to over-come his more established Japanese fighter, putting himself, potentially, in the IBF world rankings. At just 19 he could be one to watch, and this could be the end of Takenaka as a notable fighter, even on the regional scene.
The other saw former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (38-7-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and come up short to unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6). Mama, 21, was pretty dominant on the scores cards for this bout, winning 98-92, twice, and 99-91, as he made biggest statement so far. Despite the loss Fahlan's team have apparently not ended their hopes of rebuilding and the experienced 25 year old does still seem to have a lot of hope on his shoulders from his team.
Tomorrow fight fans in China will see former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] fighting in the IBF Silk Road Tournament.
Originally he was scheduled to face unbeaten foe Omurbek Malabekov (4-0, 1), however Malabekov is out of the bout, and has been replaced 19 year old Ukrainian Georgiy Lashko (7-0, 4), who is taking a massive step up in class for this bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men came in at 130lbs for the bout.
Also on this card is a match up between Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (38-6-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (11-0, 6). We haven't been given the weights for these two, but we have been told that both made weight for their bout
Earlier today Kiatkreerin announced a show for December 19th, headlined by former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (37-6-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์], who will be moving up in weight and begin campaigning at Flyweight.
The full details of the card are currently unclear, but we do know that Fahlan will be fighting against a Filipino opponent in a battle for the IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight title.
The assumption is that Fahlan has out grown the Light Flyweight division, where he has been fighting for the last few years and will settle well at 112lbs, where his body should be at it's best.
Although the details in regards to the actual match ups on the show are scarce we have been informed that Thairath will be showing the contest from 4PM local time on on December 19th.
(Image courtesy of the Kiatkreerin Facebook page)
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.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com
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.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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