Yesterday the WBA announced that a date for purse bids had been set for a Minimumweight title bout between unbeaten champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and former IBF champion Jose Argumedo (23-4-1, 14).
The Panama based world title body notified both teams that the purse bids are set for September 16th in Panama with a minimum bid allowed of $80,000 to be split 75/25 in favour of the champion, and of course third party promoters are able to bid in a purse bid scenario like this.
The champion, also known as Thammanoon Niyomtrong, has held some version of the WBA title since winning the interim belt way back in October 2014, when he narrowly beat Carlos Buitrago in the first of two bouts between the two. Since then he has defended some version of the tile title 11 times in total, including 7 defenses of the regular title that he won in 2016 from Byron Rojas. Whilst that sounds impressive her performances have, for the most part, been thoroughly uninspiring.
Argumedo on the other hand has scored 3 wins since losing the IBF title in July 2017, to Hiroto Kyoguchi, and has netted recent wins over Moises Calleros and Alexis Diaz, to earn this shot. He also, of course, took the IBF title at the very end of 2015 when he took a technical decision over Katsunari Takayama. He's an aggressive, heavy handed and tough fighter, but also a rather clumsy one.
Given the way Knockout's team have backed him financially in the past we do suspect that he'll get home advantage here, but there is a feeling that he has lost a lot of lure and fans have become bored and frustrated with his recent performance, so his team may not go all out to secure the fight in Thailand.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] defending his title against Filipino teenager ArAr Andales (10-0, 2). The bout, which will be aired on Channel 7, will mark the 7th defense of the title for Knockout, and his third against a Filipino, and will be Andales' first bout at world level.
Today, ahead of tomorrow's bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make weight, in fact both men hit the scales at the divisional limit of 105lbs, and both looked in great shape.
For the champion the weight is slightly heavier than he's been in his last two bouts, hitting the scales at 104½lbs for his last two defenses. It is worth noting that he has been inactive since last November's win over Byron Rojas, in their second bout, and may well have some ring rust, and outside distractions, with rumours of a unification bout with WBO champion Vic Saludar doing the rounds in recent days.
Interestingly this is the 5th fight in a row that Andales has hit the scales at 105lbs exactly. Those fights include his two biggest wins to date, a KO win over Charlie Malupangue and a decision over Cris Ganoza. It's also worth noting that this will be his third bout of 2019, and his 5th bout in 12 months. Whilst there is positives to take for Andales, in terms of activity, it will also be his first bout outside of the Philippines.
Not only did the two fighters take part in their weigh in today but both also under went their physical examinations, with no issues being found with the health of either man.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on Thai Channel 7, from 13:45 local time.
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According to multiple sources there is a plan being set in motion for a rare Minimumweight world title unification bout.
The bout in question depends on two upcoming bouts, both of which would require the defending champions to retain their titles. The first of those bouts takes place this coming Friday and sees WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take on unbeaten Filipino teenager ArAr Andales (10-0, 2). If success Knockout would then be watching carefully on Auguist 24th when WBO champion Vic Saludar (19-3, 10) defends his title against mandatory challenger Wilfredo Mendez (13-1, 5) in Puerto Rico.
If Knockout and Saludar both win their contests the plan is for them to face off and unify the titles.
According to at least one source, this bout had been planned for earlier in the year, though failed to come come off for reasons that weren't made clear. That is likely part of why Knockout has been so inactive this year, especially given he was supposed to have had a bout back in April, a bout that was rumoured and then vanished without a trace.
Whilst both champions will be favoured in their upcoming defenses they aren't gimmies by any stretch of the imagination and both Andales and Mendez will be looking to play spoilers to the these plans, and in fairness neither man should be over-looked. Andales has been impressing in recent bouts on the Filipino scene whilst Mendez has won 4 in a row and will have home advantage for his bout with Saludar.
WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] has had a bizarrely quiet year whilst the the division has shifted on around him. Now Filipino sources, including the Manilla Bulletin, are reporting that Knockout will be returning to the ring on August 2nd to defend his title against talented Filipino fighter ArAr Andales (10-0, 2).
For the champion the bout will be his first contest of 2019, and his first since beating former champion Byron Rojas in a rather forgettable clash last November. That win over Rojas was the second meeting between the two, with Knockout's first win over the Nicaraguan being the one that saw him the full title after a 20 month reign as the interim champion. It also marked his 6th defense of the belt. Given that Knockout fought 3 times in 2018 his inactivity this year is notable and could be an issue against a young and hungry challenger like Andales.
The little known Filipino is just 19 and until this year had really done almost nothing of note, following his 2017 debut. This past January however he scored a good domestic win over Charlie Malupangue, to claim the WBA Asia title, and followed it up with a career best win in April against Cris Ganoza. Those two wins have opened the door to this fight.
According to the Manilla Bulletin the bout is going to be taking place in Bangkok, and as a result will be Andales' first bout outside of the Philippines.
Earlier today in Bangkok local fans were given a number of notable treats. Not only were they able to see Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take part in an exhibition bout but also a couple of new champions being crowned, as two locals won OPBF silver titles.
One of those new champions is Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) who defeated Japanese fighter Umi Ishikawa (7-3, 5) [石川海] to become the new OPBF silver Female Minimumweight champion.
Kanyarat, who was seen last year in Japan being stopped by Kasumi Saeki, fought on the back foot early on, and landed the better shots, including some very good counters. Sadly though her good work was often overshadowed by her unnecessary use a few dirty tactics up close, including pushing the laces of her gloves in Ishikawa's face and a few rabbit punches. As the fight went on Ishikawa began to fade, tiring her self out and mentally looking like she had had enough of Kanyarat's tactics. When that happened the local turned the tables, began coming forward, unloading a huge flurry that sent Ishikawa down. She would beat the count but the referee wisely choose not to allow the bout to continue, at an official time of 1:57 of round 3
The other new champion is Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, who stopped Filipino journeyman Crison Omayao (24-19-4, 8) to become the new OPBF Silver Light Flyweight champion.
Omayao had failed to make weight at the weigh in yesterday, so was unable to win the belt, though never really looked competitive with the Thai. From the opening round Satanmuanglek looked in control, pressed the action and despite being the lighter man at the weigh in looked the much stronger man. It was the educated pressure from Satanmuanglek that was key and he was breaking down the Filipino round by round, with brutal body shots,being the main feature. Those body would send Omayao to the canvas 3 times to force a 4th round TKO win.
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