Later this month we'll see unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (18-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] look to make his next defense, as he takes on mandatory challenger Byron Rojas (25-3-3, 11) from Nicaragua. In December we're expecting to see former IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人] take part in his next bout, rumoured to be a world title bout on December 31st.
Recently the two, Knockout and Kyoguchi, have been sparring, spending 4 rounds in the ring together yesterday.
The spar, which took place in a newly owned gym run by Chatchai Sasakul saw both men coming away impressed by the other, with Kyoguchi admitting that he was surprised by how strong Knockout was, with the Thai being defensively sound and having a good jab.
Given how big the bouts both men have later this year, this sort of sparring will do both the world of good, and will certainly help both men sharpen up before they return to the ring for an actual bout.
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On November 28th we'll see the rematch between WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (18-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and talented Nicaraguan Byron Rojas (25-3-3, 11). The bout will take place in Thailand, like their first one did, and will see Knockout trying to retain the title against the man he originally took it from.
Although the first bout failed to really excite there is real interest in this bout, with both fighters being top fighters in the 105lbs division, and Rojas clearly coming for revenge and a chance to reclaim the title.
We're not here, at this moment at least, to talk about the fight however and instead we're here to talk about the television details for the contest, with confirmation that the bout will not be on Channel 7, like many of the biggest bouts in Thailand, nor will it be on Workpoint or Thairath, who have made clear forays into boxing in recent years. Instead it will be on true4U, or channel 24.
The channel is pretty well established in Thailand, but to the best of our knowledge this will be the first major fight shown on the channel. Perhaps a sign that even the Thai scene is set to under-go a shake up in terms of boxing coverage as we go forward.
According to Nicaraguan website Laprensa there is seemingly a deal in principle for Knockout CP Freshmart (18-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] to defend the WBA Minimumweight title against mandatory challenger, and former champion, Byron Rojas (25-3-3, 11) on October 27th. The only thing standing in the way of the deal is the TV schedule of the Thai televisions channel backing the fight, which may cause the bout to move by a day or two, but should still result in a late October fight date.
The bout has been on the cards for a while, though Knockout has managed to delay the bout in the past, with his last defense, against Xiong Zhao Zhong [熊朝忠], delaying the mandatory. That has been despite real determination from the Nicaraguan's team to get the fight, chasing their mandatory shot through the year.
This contest is a rematch between two men who fought in 2016, a bout that saw Knockout unify the WBA "interim" and "Regular" titles, and take the the WBA's top belt from the Nicaraguan in his first defense. Since that first bout Knockout has Knockout has made 5 defenses, beating Shin Ono, Go Odaira, Rey Loreto, Toto Landero and Xiong Zhao Zhong, to define his reign. Rojas on the other hand has gone 8-0 (3) since losing to Knockout whilst keeping his momentum going towards the rematch with Rojas.
We're expecting a deal for this bout to be to made shortly, especially given the late October date, and we're expecting a very competitive contest.
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Earlier today at the City Sogo Gym in Yatsushiro fans saw former WBO world champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] pick up a very entertaining victory, as he defeated compatriot Naoya Haruguchi (15-9, 6) [春口直也] in a 10 round contest.
The former champion, who is looking to get another world title fight in the near future, set the pace early on. He was aggressive behind his southpaw jab but was forced to eat some hard shots, especially later in the bout as the two men traded hard blows in the final few rounds. It was an impressive performance from Fukuhara but not a dominant one, with Haruguchi always doing enough to be competitive.
The fight really picked up in round 9 as Haruguchi looked to pile on the pressure and forced Fukuhara to trade more, giving the fans some thrilling scenes, but by then it was too little too late and Fukuhara ran out a clear winner with scores of 98-93, 98-92 and 97-92.
Despite the win Fukuhara sounded a little but disappointed with the performance, and made life more difficult for himself than he needed to.
According to sources in Japan Fukuhara has been offered a WBA title fight, which would suggest a potential bout with Knockout CP Freshmart (18-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], and that could take place before the end of 2018. News that will be sure to annoy fans of Byron Rojas, who appears to have already been pushed aside once this year.
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