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.
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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.
(Image courtesy of thaitimenews.com)
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