Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4) may have been out of boxing for over a year though he looked in fine form earlier today as he retained his OPBF Super Featherweight and took a very clear decision victory over Japan's Koseki Nakama (17-5, 8).
Jomthong, who hadn't fought as a boxer since March 2013, showed a little ring rust early on though was in charge for much of the bout as he quickly got back into the swing of things and ended up being a dominant winner.
Although Nakama, the #4 ranked challenger, was cheered on by the local fans those fans couldn't help him over-come a better, stronger, more skilled fighter. Neither could they sway the judges who had Jomthong winning a lopsided decision with scores of 118-109.
The one positive Nakama could take from the bout was that he scored a knockdown early on, other than that however he had little to celebrate, even though he did see out the distance.
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The on going saga regarding the OPBF Super Featherweight title appears to finally be ready to end as we get a third date for a bout between defending champion Jomthong Chuwatana (7-0, 4) and voluntary challenger Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8). Yes you read that right, we now have a third date for the bout, and this time we expect we'll not be left hanging.
In the past the bout has been scheduled twice only to see issues arise as the fight got close. This time it appears the parties involved were willing to let the fight get close before publicly building up the fight. After all who likes a long build up only for the fight to fall apart?
For Jomthong this will be his first boxing bout in almost 17 months. He has been keeping active in Muay Thai but it's still somewhat odd that the OPBF haven't stripped him for inactivity, especially when you consider the Asian scene at 130lbs. For Nakama this will be his first bout since last October, though unlike Jomthong we expect to see considerable ring rust on him.
Not only will the show feature the Jomthing/Nakama bout but it will be a genuinely international affair with several other fighters from overseas in action and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao is also expected to be in attendance. In fact it was due to Pacquiao's other commitments that the show was rescheduled from July 12th with the show it's self originally being a charity one to raise funds for the victims of the Filipino Typhoon.
After the delays this show has had we're just happy to be able to see Jomthong back in action. It really has been too long since we last saw him in the ring and it's never great to see talented fighters take long breaks from fights, no matter what they are doing in their time away.
We're hoping that the winner of this will fight a top guy at 130 next, and we'd absolutely love to see Jomthong, if he wins, against Daiki Kaneko at some point in 2015.
Note: The shows new date was actually confirmed a few days ago though with other news this one sort of slipped through the net when we first got the details.
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We are disappointed to learn that the OPBF Super Featherweight title fight between Thailand's reigning champion Jomthong Chuwatana (7-0, 4) and Japanese challenger Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8) has been delayed, again.
The fight, which was originally scheduled for May 24th was pushed back to July 12th to coincide with a special show on the same day. Unfortunately it appears that some over-sight has been made and the July 12th date for the fight has now had to be canned with the fight expected to be re-arranged for a further date.
It's a shame that Jomthong, who has been competing in May Thai recently, has had his return to boxing delayed again. It's now well over a year since he last fought in boxing and his dream of becoming a dual Muay Thai and boxing champion does seem to have lost the momentum that it had built in 2012 and early 2013.
As for Nakama this will be a big disappointment. He has now been out of the ring since October 2013 and will be starting to feel a bit rusty himself as well as frustrated at the changes in date of the fight, especially considering that the fight no longer has a pencilled in date at all.
We're hoping that the fighters can either reschedule the fight again for this coming fall or Jomthong, who we do like, will vacate rather than continue to hold the title at ransom. There are a great number of emerging Super Featherweights, such as Daiki Kaneko, and it seems unfair for the title to be tied up rather than allowing the fighters who are active to fight for it.
A few years ago the hardcore boxing community were talking, very excitedly, about Thai youngster Jomthong Chuwatana (7-0, 4) who appeared to be the next Thai star in the making. He was, like the legendary Thai's of yore, a throw back fighter who came from Muay Thai with a big reputation and used it to secure himself some very interesting match ups from the off.
Within a year of his professional debut Jomthong had moved 3-0 (3) and the expectation around him grew. It seemed likely he was going to move from strength to strength, and initially he did.
In 2012 Jomthong, in just his 4th professional contest, travelled to Seoul and stopped world ranked Korean Dong-Hyuk Kim for the OPBF Super Featherweight title. It seemed clear that Jomthong had natural talent, power and a was heading in the right direction however it obvious that it was too soon to be thinking about world title fighters. His first 4 bouts combined had lasted just 15 rounds and he was in dire need of experience.
In the 12 months that followed the Kim fight Jomthong got the valuable experience defending the title twice against Ranel Suco, in China, and Ronald Pontillas as well as a none-title victory over Mike Tumbaga. Suddenly though Jomthong vanished, He had amassed a 7-0 (4) record then just stopped with his last boxing fight taking place on March 31st 2013.
In the time between Jomthong did return to Muay Thai fighting 3 times and now, finally, appears set to return to boxing to defend his OPBF Super Featherweight title.
Jomthong's announced return sees him travelling to Japan, for the second time as a professional boxer, to fight against Japan's very own Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8).
Nakama, ranked #5 by the OPBF at Featherweight, may not have the greatest of records in general though we believe he's 7-0 against Thai's and has won his last 3 contests, including a stoppage of Jose Ocampo who was once linked to a world title fight.
Sure Nakama isn't a perfect opponent for Jomthong but he's a decent enough test for the Thai youngster after more than a year out of boxing.
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