Earlier this month Channel 7 in Thailand changed their policy on showing boxing, deciding they were only taking shows with world title bouts, likely trying to increase the overall quality of boxing that they were showing. The first notable bout to be affected by this took place yesterday, and saw Nop Kratingdaenggym (23-1, 9), aka Anurak Thisa, take on Filipino JR Magboo (17-3-2, 8)in a bout for the WBA Asia Featherweight title.
Originally scheduled for earlier in the month, Channel 7's decision to change how they showed things forced this bout to be delayed and to be shown on Channel 3SD. That's despite the fact that, on paper, it looked a pretty good fight and should have been expected to be competitive.
Sadly for the promoter, who likely would have wanted to use the bout to show CH7 what they were missing out on, the bout turned out to be a bit of a mismatch, with Magboo being stopped in round 2 following a combination, with a body being particularly hurtful to the Filipino.
The win for Nop does put him in a good position to work his way towards a WBA title fight, and was an impressive result, though with the bout now taking place on CH3SD there is a chance that his audience will diminish going forward and that he and his team will need to continually supply better opponents to keep him in the mix.
For Magboo this would have been a very disappointing result, and is his third loss in 4, and his second straight stoppage loss. Maybe he has began to lose his desire or his confidence.
Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand will get the chance to see Nop Kratingdaenggym (22-1, 8), aka Anurak Thisa, take on Filipino JR Magboo (17-2-2, 8), in a really good looking match up for the WBA Asia Featherweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both made weight and passed all their physical examinations.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be part of a broadcast on Thai Channel 3SD, being shown live from 14:30 local time.
Interestingly the bout had been announced for an earlier date but was shifted when Thai Channel 7 changed their broadcast policy on boxing, which appears to have made some pretty notable changes to boxing in the country, including pushing this bout backwards and changing the channel of it.
For those interested Channel 3SD is widely available, with Guchill offering a legal and live stream of the channel.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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