On Friday in Thailand fans will see a mouth watering WBC Youth Flyweight title clash between exciting Thai Kongfah CP Freshmart ( 14-0,0 ) and heavy handed Japanese teenager Daigo Higa (6-0,0 ).
On Thursday the two men took part in their weigh in and both made weight for the contest allowing both men to win the title, if they were to win tomorrow.
Although both men made weight we weren't the specifics of the weight in. We do however know that both men have been comfortable at the weight and that Friday's bout will be the most significant either man has fought so far in their career.
We know many won't have seen these two in action before but both are very talented and both appear to have very bright futures ahead of them. This bout is a huge risk but the winner will know that the reward was worth it, and with a potential WBC ranking up for grabs it's little wonder the two men agreed to the bout.
For fans interested in watching this bout it will be aired at 14:00 local time in Thailand, on the ever popular Channel 7.
Every so often a fight gets announced that really excites us. It excites us not due to the "big name" selling quality that the fight has but instead the styles and hunger of the men involved.
One such fight took place today as 20 year old Thai Kongfah CP Freshmart (14-1, 8) took on exciting 19 year old Japanese brawler Daigo Higa (7-0, 7) in a WBC Youth Flyweight title fight. When it was announced we singled the bout out as a potential mini-classic, especially having seen plenty of both men. What we didn't expect was the thriller that we ended up getting.
From very early in the bout the intentions of Higa were clear. He was in Thailand not just to win, but to stop Kongfah and continue his KO streak. He seemed to know that Thailand was a very difficult place to get a decision, especially against an unbeaten prospect like Kongfah. With that mentality Higa set an intense pace, pushing forward and forcing Kongfah on to the back foot, pushing him against the ropes and forcing him to respond.
Through 4 rounds the action was nothing short of amazing. Higa's aggression and high work rate brought regular responses form Kongfah, who often appeared to be landing the more powerful shots. The back and forth made it seem likely that one man as going to end up being stopped.
It wasn't until round 5 that the pace began to drop. Although the bout was slowing it continued to be incredibly entertaining with both men continuing to land plenty. Was the pace was slowing the fight continued in a similar vein to how it had started, with Higa pushing forward, he was however now being tagged more and more often. It seemed as if the Thai condition, which are almost always a problem for visiting fighters, were beginning to take it's toll on the visitor. The 6th was another round that seemed to suggest Higa had simply set a pace he couldn't continue with whilst Kongfah appeared to change tactics slightly, being more willing to move, hold and neutralise Higa, who had never been beyond 4 rounds.
With the fight seemingly changing from Higa's bout to Kongfah it looked as if we were set to see the Thai walk away victorious. That was until a vicious, spiteful right hand from Higa dropped Kongfah hard early in round 7. The Thai, to his credit, beat the count and the referee deemed him fit to continue. He was however damaged goods and exhausted by the pace of the bout. Higa smelled blood and launched a relentless attack, eventually sending Kongfah down for the second time. This time Kongfah stayed down for the count.
With this win Higa becomes the new WBC Youth Flyweight champion and adds his name to a short list of Japanese fighters who have Thai's in Thailand in notable bouts. Another man to do that was Higa's stablemate Koki Eto, who watched the bout from ringside. It's fair to say that Higa's performance seemed to be based around the tactics used by Eto when he famously over-came Kompayak Popranook back in 2013 to claim the WBA "interim" Flyweight title. This bout wasn't quite as good as that one, which was a top contender for the 2013 FOTY, but this wasn't too far off and really was a must watch 7 round war between two young men putting it all on the line.
We often bemoan the quality of fights in Thailand, especially outside of the world level bouts. Today however we were informed of a genuinely brilliant match up at the "Youth" title level.
The match up in question will see Thailand's promising 20 year old Kongfah CP Freshmart (14-0, 8) battle against destructive Japanese teenager Daigo Higa (6-0, 6). On paper the bout is as good as it gets at the youth level and we can't help but lick out lips.
The bout will take place on July 25th in Bangkok, giving Kongfah the home advantage, and will be for the WBC Youth Flyweight title. Despite the home advantage that Kongfah has it's fair to say Higa won't be in awe of fighting on foreign soil, having already fought abroad in his short career. Interestingly Higa has also fought the slightly better competition, with his latest win being a stoppage of Cris Alfante, who notably took Kongfah the 10 round distance last year.
Although we know most won't tune in for this one we need to admit that it really is a mouth watering contest and is one of the best "Youth" title fights we've seen in a very, very long time.
For those who haven't seen the men in action we've included Kongfah's bout against Saengthong Chor Pakdee, a bout that ended in one of the best KO's of 2014, and Higa's debut bout with Saengkeng Saknarong
Earlier today in Thailand saw a press conference to announce a show for February 25th. The show isn't a big one by any means but it will feature a number of notable names including a former world champion, a man that some in Thailand are tipping as a future world champion and a promising young prospect.
The former world champion is the highly experienced Oleydong Sithsamerchai (55-1-1, 21), now fighting under the moniker of Oleydong CP Freshmart. Oleydong is a former WBC Minimumweight champion and is now a highly regarded contender at Super Flyweight where he has been competing since losing his world title to Kazuto Ioka way back in 2011.
The man viewed as a future world champion is former Muay Thai great Palangpol CP Freshmart (7-1, 4), who will be in the main event defending his WBA Asia Light Flyweight title. The hope is for Palangpol to fight for a world title later this year, with the talk being that he may fight for the WBO title as his promoter looks to tie up all 4 Minimumweight straps.
The third notable fighter on this card will be one of our favourite teenage fighters, Kongfah CP Freshmart (11-0, 6)* who has looked devastating at times. Aged 19 Kongfah has a very bright future ahead of him and it's clear that there is no need to rush this promising fighter who has some of the most beautiful uppercuts in the sport.
From what we understand the exciting trio of CP Freshmart fighters will be fighting against a trio of Filipino opponents.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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