Earlier today fans, in both Thailand and the US, were able to see the latest WP Boxing card, which was available on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US, and took place in the Workpoint Studios in Bang Phun.
The broadcast opened up with former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, taking a close and hotly contested 6 round decision win over Filipino Renz Rosia (15-9-1, 8). The bout wasn't the most entertaining we saw during the day, but was hotly contest and neither man had come to the ring to make up the numbers. The second half certainly felt like the pace, from both, was increased and as we went to the bell it was hard to know who had won. In the end the decision went to the local, though had this taken place outside of Thailand we would assume the decision would have gone to Rosia.
The main event of the card saw Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (47-1-1, 37), otherwise known as Nawaphon Kaikanha stopping Indonesian visitor Patrick Liukhoto (9-2-1, 7). The bout saw Nawaphon pressing the action through out and eventually he broke down the visitor to record his second defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. It's now clear, more than ever, that Nawaphon needs a serious step up in class again and that wasting at this level will not prepare him when he does fight another top fighter, so fingers crossed he will take on a serious test in the not so distant future. He's too good to keep wasting his time at this level.
Also on this card was fast rising youngster Chainoi Worawut (7-0-1, 7), aka Thattana Luangphon, who stopped Indonesian journeyman Hendrik Barongsay (29-31-3, 18) in the 4th round of their bout. At 22 years old Chainoi is a talented youngster, but we'd again like to see him stepping up in class, especially if he's to feature in a notable on a WP Boxing card.
Earlier today we had the latest WP Boxing event, with the main bout from the card being a match up between former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (45-1-1, 35) [นวพล NKL] and former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15-5, 32). On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, though one where the younger and hungrier fighter was expected to over-come experience trial horse, who was years removed from his best years.
The fight wasn't the most exciting but it did seem like Jaro was getting the better of the early rounds, using his experience and aggression well. That however didn't seem to impress the judges, who had Nawaphon in a commanding lead after 4 rounds. The questionable scorecards likely made Jaro realise he had to go for the KO but it was whilst he was being aggressive that he was caught by a hard body shot from the Thai. The shot managed to not hurt Jaro, but also drop him. He was in agony and tried to get to his feet, but was counted out.
Jaro seemed to complain about the stoppage, but he was beginning to slow and show his age, and it wasn't a particularly quick count or anything.
With the win Nawaphon retains WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, making his second defense. This was his 9th win since losing Juan Hernandez in a WBC Flyweight world title bout. As for Jaro he has now been stopped 9 times in his career, and at 37 it's hard to know what he really has left to offer.
Also scoring a win on this card was former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (43-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, who stopped a Filipino Matthew Arcillas (6-2, 6) in 3 rounds on the card.
Later today we'll see former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] take on former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 32) in the headline bout of a WP Boxing show, on both the WPBoxing social media accounts as well as DAZN in the US.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both manged to hit the scales at 118lbs for the bout.
The bout, for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, is an interesting one on paper. For Nawaphon it's a chance to claim the biggest scalp of his career, taking on a man who was a former WBC Flyweight champion and a man who famously upset Thai star Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, For Jaro the bout serves as a chance to prove he is still not done as a fighter and a win puts him into the fringes of the Bantamweight mix.
This show will begin airing around 3PM in Thailand, on the WPBoxing Facebook and Youtube accounts for those not geo-locked out of viewing the contest.
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Earlier this week Nakornluang announced the next headline bout for the May edition of WP Boxing on Workpoint.
That headline bout will see former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] take on former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 32), in what looks like a strange on for a regional title.
At his best Jaro was a dangerous gate keeper, who surprisingly became the WBC Flyweight champion in 2012, when he stopped Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a huge upset. His reign was a short one however and he lost the belt in his first defense, to Toshiyuki Igarashi. Now aged 37 Jaro is very much an old man, though has gone 12-1 in his last 13 bouts and shown their life in his legs in recent years, beating the likes of Shota Kawaguchi and Marjun Pantilgan among others.
Nawaphon on the other hand has been a fighter who was long expected to be a top contender, following in the foot steps of brother Suriyan Sor Rungviai and stablemate Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. He was however stopped in his only world title bout to date, just over 2 years ago against Juan Hernandez Navarrete. Since his loss he has gone 8-0 (6) including a notable win over former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and a win over former world title challenger Richard Claveras.
Whilst win will be expected of Nawaphon, given the age of Jaro, Jaro certainly has the power to get another notable upset in Thailand, in what is another interesting looking WP Boxing main event bout.
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.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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