This past Saturday in Thailand fans had the chance to see the latest show in the IBF Silk Road tournament. It was a show that was streamed by the IBF, free over Youtube, but the stream was nigh on unwatchable. Sadly. However it was a good show, with several very good bouts.
The tournament bouts began at Super Bantamweight, where Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-2, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-3, 10) fought to a 10 round majority draw. It was a hotly contested bout, and had it not been in Thailand there's a good chance Lagos would have got the nod. Sadly with the bout taking place in Thailand it did seem like the local got the benefit of the doubt and got the draw as a result.
The second bout saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] take a TKO win over Filipino Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), in a Super Featherweight bout. Rosas unfortunately pulled out of the bout after round 5, giving Takenaka the win. This was the first time Rosas hadn't been stopped, though questions need to be asked as to why he was fighting at 130lbs here, especially in such a notable tournament.
The third bout saw local veteran a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-10-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, suffer a decision loss to unbeaten Uzbek Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5) over 10 rounds. Turdiev was too active and too hungry for the Thai, who really has been incredibly disappointing the last few years, and we do wonder what his career has left to offer.
Thankfully the locals did get a reason to celebrate as Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, took a close decision win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Joseph Ambo (8-1-1, 6) to progress to the next round of the tournament.
We're hoping that when the next round of the tournament is held the IBF will provide a much more stable stream than they gave us here, as it really was terrible.
Tomorrow we'll see the IBF Silk Road Tournament hit Thailand, with the team responsible for the IBF Silk Road tournaments working alongside Kiatkreerin to host the show.
After weeks of waiting we now, finally have the running order for the show, which appears to feature 6 bouts in total, including a female bout and a Muay Thai bout.
Among the fights on this show are the previously reported contest between former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (17-3-1, 10) [竹中 良] and Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), a bout between Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-1, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-2, 10), a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-9-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, and the unbeaten Dostonbek Turdiev (6-0, 5) of Uzbekistan and Sukpraserd Ponpitak (21-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth Joseph ambo (8-0-1, 6), of the Philippines.
Fans wanting to watch this card will want to tune into Thairath, channel 32, tomorrow night.
Yesterday we were informed that former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (17-3-1, 10) [竹中 良] will be back in the ring on December 8th.
At the time details were scarce though we have now been informed that the bout will be part of the 2018 IBF Silk Road Championship Tournament, and will see him take on Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3) in a 10 rounder.
The bout between the two is supposed to be part of a tournament, though at the moment very few other details have emerged. To our understanding however Thailand's Mike Tawatchai (45-12-1, 28) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] is also involved in the tournament.
This will be Takenaka's second bout since losing the OPBF title to Sa Myung Noh in June 2017, following a recent victory over Vergil Puton. It will also be his first bout outside of Japan, something that seemed to be key to his entry in this competition. For Rosas this will be his first bout in Thailand, and in fact his first bout since losing in August, in Japan, to Omrri Bolivar.
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand, and those who were watching on Thairath, had the chance to see a pretty interesting card, headlined by a really good match up between Thai veteran Mike Tawatchai (45-12-1, 28) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] and Japanese visitor Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平].
On paper this was a match up that looked likely to be entertaining, though few would have expected what we got, with Takahashi fightign at an insane pace always pressureing the Thai and forcing a real action bout. The Thai looked to avoid the war but kept getting dragged into a fight, and it was a fight he struggled to ever shine in, with the visitor out working him, out fighting him and refusing to change tactics.
In the end Takahashi's work rate sealed the deal and forced the judges to give him the win, with scores of 117-111, twice, and 116-112.
For Takahashi this is a huge win and could help him take a step towards a potential world title fight. It also leaves Tawatchai needing a win in September, when he returns to the ring against Muhamad Ridhwan inm Singapore.
The card also featured a second win for a Japanese fighter with Hironobu Matsunaga (13-1, 7) [松永 宏信] scoring a 4th round TKO win against Patomsuk Pathompothong (34-9-1, 21) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา]. The only real relief for Thai's was Downua Ruawaiking (12-0, 9), who continued his unbeaten run with a 6th round KO win against Filipino foe Jason Egera (23-20-2, 11).
Yesterday we were informed that Thai veteran Mike Tawatchai (45-11-1, 28) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] woud be back in the ring on June 20th to make his next defense of the IBF Pan Pacific Super Bantamweight title. His opponent for the bout wil be Japanese visitor Ryohei Takahashi (14-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平], who fights in Thailand for the second time.
The Thai 32 year old is still in the IBF top 15, and is holding on to that rankings thanks to the regional title, but will know that his dreams of a world title fight are one loss away from ending. In fact he'll likely know that he's lucky to even be in consideration given recent losses to Shingo Wake, Yukinori Oguni, Tomoki Kameda and TJ Doheny, all in the last 3 years.
Despite picking up a lot of losses Tawatchai has actually got a brilliant record in Thailand, a 44-1-1 record at home.
The 28 year old Takahashi is 1-1 outside of Japan, having lost a decision to Andrew Moloney in Australia back in 2016 and picked up a win against a limited Thai last year. Coming in to this he is riding a 3 fight stoppage run and will feel confident of a victory here.
This bout will be televised by Thai Channel 32, Thairath TV, who have often streamed boxing live on their youtube channel.
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