Earlier today in Thailand fight fans were able to see WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] share the ring with Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] in what was an entertaining 3 round exhibition, for charity.
The "fight", fought with headguards and 18oz gloves, was entertaining, and it seemed like both men were happy to let their hands fly. Knowing that they couldn't really hurt each other they were happy to put on a show for the fans.
It was revealed that Srisaket was 7KG's over the Super Flyweight limit and that he will now have 2 days to rest before resuming practicing for his second bout with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26). Apparently that training will see Srisaket sparring with a Filipino fighter, with a similar style to Estrada and unfortunately the Thai media will not be invited to see Srisaket's training.
It's worth noting there is still no official announcement of the date for the Srisaket Vs Estrada rematch, but all signs are pointing towards an April 6th date.
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Earlier today the thaitimenews.com reported the full details of the February 8th card in Thailand which is stacked with names and is being held primarily for charity.
The event, which is being used to raise money for equipment for a Royal Thai Air Force Hospital that is set to be completed weeks after the show, will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with a 2 hour time slot, and 5 scheduled contests, with 3 being televised, including an exhibition featuring two very notable fighters.
The card is set to open with former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (42-8, 19) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์] taking on former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] in an 8 round bout at 122lbs.
Following that we'll then get a 3 round exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL], this will be Srisaket's final "bout" before his proposed rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26), which is set to be Srisaket's DAZN debut.
The main event of the scheduled telecast will see Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] facing off with former world title contender Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) in a bout for the WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
If time permits the broadcast is then expected to show some of the remaining action from the card. This includes Namphol Sithsaithong (18-10-1, 10) [มาร์ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling in a 6 round Flyweight bout.
The time slot for the broadcast is 13:45 to 15:45 local time with the whole event being held in a temporary ring at the parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai and will be free to attend. Given the the notable men in action, including a current world champion, a former world champion, 3 former world title challengers and a rising young star, the crowd is expected to be sizable.
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money for medical equipment for a local medical institute. However that ring appearance on February 8th will not be a competitive fight, but instead it will be a 3 round exhibition with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34).
This exhibition will be televised on Channel 7HD, between 13:45 and 15:45 local time on a temporary ring set up in parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai.
It's fair to suggest that Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] is one of the most recognisable faces in kick boxing, and is the rising kick boxing megastar, with comparisons to boxing sensation Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥].
At the moment AbemaTV are showing a mini-series on Nasukawa and his development as a fighter. That show had a recent episode that shows the kick boxer training in Thailand.
It was revealed during the show that Nasukawa had recently been training with professional boxer Nawaphon Por Chokchai (42-1, 33) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], who is currently ranked #9 by the WBC at Bantamweight. Not only that, but that he had also held his own against the experienced Thai in a sparring session at the Nakornluang gym.
This comes in the wake of Nasukawa telling the Japanese press that there is a chance he turns his hand to professional boxing in the future. Given how well her performed against Nawaphon there is perhaps some signs that he may be making the move sooner rather than later, even if it was just a training exercise at the time.
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Earlier today in Thailand fight fans saw former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] come up short in a very fan friendly bout against former WBC Flyweight title contender Nawaphon Por Chokchai (41-1, 33) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น]. The bout was highly anticipated in Thailand, where it was the headline bout of a card on television channel Workpoint, but it easily out did any expectations.
From the off the two men set a great pace with the former world champion throwing a lot of leather, boxing well behind his jab and regularly backing up the younger man. Nawahpon, at times, liked like he had no answer for the speed or variation of Amnat who landed blows up top and to the body with alarming ease. It looked like a totally different Amnat to the one we had become accustomed to, and instead of the dirty fouling and wresling tactics we had previously we instead saw a highly skilled and busy boxer-mover with lovely fluid combinations.
To his credit Nawaphon never looked badly hurt, but he did seem beweildered at the accuracy and speed of his much older foe.
In round 2 Nawaphon picked up his own pace but continued to be out worked and out boxed by Amnat, who showed little respect to the younger man, standing at mid distance and letting his shots roll. Nawaphon would have more moments, and his shots seemed heavier, but was being out landed by Amnat, who went to the body with some lovely shots and regularly found holes in Nawaphon's defense.
The pace continued to be thrilling in round 3, but for the first time Nawaphon's success was starting to match that of Amnat, with his power being the diffeence maker and his body shots clearly getting to the former world champion. Amnat began to be a bit more stationary than he had been earlier in the fight and with his movement gone he was forced to put up a high guard to protect from Nawaphon's shots, with many getting through. Despite the success of Nawaphon through the round Amnat continued to let his hands go freely with a series of big right hands landing clean late in the round, they were however forgotten as Nawaphon returned them with interest.
The bout reached it's peak in round 4 as Amnat began to sit on his punches, losing the volume but looking to make an impact with every shot. It was a change in tactic that helped Nawaphon as the two began to have a brawl, taking it in turns to land big shots. The idea of defense seemed to go out of the window as they both looked to prove they were the tough, stronger and more powerful man. By the end of the round the power of Nawaphon had began to take it's toll and Amnat hurt several times towards the end of the round.
With the cobwebs firmly in his head and his legs losing the steam they once had the end seemed nigh for Amant. The veteran however made it cear he wanted to go out on his shield and looked to take the fight to Nawaphion again in round 5. It was a decision that proved to be a bad one, as the two looked bomb each other out. Part way through the round Amnat's gas tank hit empty and Nawaphon sensed it, picking up the pace and finishing the show with a wild assault that dropped Amnat.
with the veteran down the bout was stopped with Amnat looking in a pretty bad way at one point. The downfall for the veteran seemed to have been coming a whilen but a clean right hand sped up the process and helped give Nawaphon his biggest career win.
The future for Amnat is likely to be a retirement, though we have heard that from him before, whilst Nawaphon will be looking to build on this win and move towards some other potentially bigger fights down the line. This win sees Nawaphon retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Flyweight title, a title that would have been vacant had Amnat won, following his failure to make weight yesterday.
Notably it does feel like Workpoint are putting quality control on the shows they host and this is the second great all-Thai bout they've given us this year, hopefully more will follow.
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