Earlier today in Osaka fight fans had the chance to see two world title fights, which were aired live on TBS and affiliates throughout Japan. For fans in the venue they got a third bout of note, as former world title challengers Shingo Wake (22-5-2, 14) [和氣 慎吾] and Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (50-3, 31) [พนมรุ้งเล็ก] faced off in an very good match up on paper.
The bout saw the sharp shooting Wake taking the advantage early on, and scored a knockdown in round 3 with a straight left hand. Accidental headbutts caused some issues in round 5 but Wake always seemed to be in control and looked relaxed. The Thai always looked to be trying harder, but having less success against the more skilled, and more rounded Japanese skillster.
In round 8 Wake upped the pace, looking to close the show and eventually scored a second knockdown. Panomroonglek, to his credit, tried to beat the cound but was unable to, and was stopped with less than 20 seconds of the bout left.
The loss for Panomroonglek is likely to endany hopes he has of getting a second world title fight, however for Wake the win opens the door for a world title fight later in the year, and there is a great chance that Wake will get another shot very soon.
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We've long known about the September 13th card in Osaka headlined by two world title bouts. but today we got the announcement of a major supporting bout, which has made the card even more attractive to the ticket buying fans.
We knew alread that WBO Light Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5) [田中恒成]would be defending his title against Thai Palangpol CP Freshmart (14-1, 8) [คู่เอก พลังพล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and that IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni's (19-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] would be defending his title against mandatory challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (23-2, 15) [岩佐 亮佑].
The newly added bout is one between former world title challengers Shingo Wake (21-5-2, 13) [和氣 慎吾] and Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (50-2, 31) [พนมรุ้งเล็ก] face off in a really interesting 8 rounder.
Coming in to the bout Wake will have eyes on the IBF Super Bantamweight title bout, with the sharp shooting southpaw looking to get a second world title fight and likely seeing that as his best route to a title, despite being good friends with both Oguni and Iwasa. Interestingly Wake holds a stoppage win over Oguni, who upset Jonathan Guzman at the end of 2016, with Guzman having stopped Wake for the vacant title last year.
For the Thai, who is best known for losing a split decision to Koki Kameda in a WBA Bantamweight title fight in Japan back in April 2013, the bout is a great chance to open up his route to a world title fight. Since losing to Kameda more than 4 years ago he has gone 14-0 (12). Like many Thai's Panomroonglek has a pretty impressive looking record on paper but not a great one in terms of competition. Saying that however he did push Kameda all the way and holds notable wins over Rocky Fuentes, Hiroyuki Hisataka and Koki Eto and will be looking to shine here against the well liked Wake.
TV details for Knockout CP Freshmart Vs Carlos Buitrago II announced! Big names to feature on undercard!
On Monday in Thailand the media had the opportunity to attend a press conference to officially announce the WBA Minimumweight title bout between Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Carlos Buitrago (28-1-1-1, 16).
The announcement included details in regards to the TV coverage, which we now know will be live from 13:45 local on Channel 7, on February 4th with the broadcast to last for 3 hours.
The announcement also confirmed that the bout would be for the "regular" version of the WBA title, upgrading the belt from the "interim" title that Knockout won when he faced Buitrago for the first time, back in October 2014.
The announcement also revealed that the under-card would feature several other notable fighters. We believe they will including Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (37-3, 23) [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who we believe could be in a regional title fight at 115lbs, Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (47-2, 29) [พนมรุ้งเล็ก ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Oleydong Sithsamerchai (58-1-1, 23) [โอเล่ห์ดง ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท].
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Earlier today we were informed that WBA "Interim" Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (10-0, 5) would be returning to the ring on July 2nd to defend his belt against WBA #2 ranked challenger Alexis Diaz (16-0, 10) of Venezuela in an attractive looking unbeaten showdown in Nakhon Ratchasima.
From what we understand there is a chance that Knockout may be upgraded the to "regular" champion prior to this bout with Hekkie Budler looking likely to be upgraded to the "Super champion", though at the moment it seems that that is yet to be confirmed.
On paper that match up is a really good one between two talented fighters with unbeaten records and a good rung of form, with some notable names on both guys resumes.
Knockout won the title last year when he narrowly over-came Carlos Buitrago in a razor thin unanimous decision that many felt could have gone the other way. That win has since been followed with his first defense, a wide decision win over Indonesian veteran Muhammad Rachman, who never managed to really get in to the fight, despite a brave effort. Those two wins are, by far, the most impressive on Knockout's record, though they have seen his stoppage rate drop to 50% and jokes about a name change to "Unanimous Decision CP Freshmart" have circulated on twitter.
As for Diaz the unbeaten Venezuelan recently blew away Luis De La Rosa and has also scored stoppage wins over Jorle Estrada and Ronald Ramos. Those wins have helped push Diaz up the rankings and move him towards such a notable opportunity.
From what we understand this bout will be aired on Channel 7 along with a number of undercard bouts featuring notable names, such as Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (45-2, 27), Ratchasak KKP (28-3-1, 13) and novice pro Petchtae Petchyindee (1-0).
Thanks to Pal for this news.
In the West we known Thai promoters better for the way they name their fighters than their promotional accomplishments. It's due to the promoters that we have so many fighters using names like "Kokietgym" and one "Onesongchaigym". Despite that it does seem like one promoter wants to make a statement this year and really announce themselves on Western fans.
That is Diamond boxing.
According to our source one of the bouts Diamond are trying to make would see them luring WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12) over to Thailand to fight against former world title challenger Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (44-2, 26). That bout would depend on one of two things, either talks between McDonnell and WBO champion Tomoki Kameda (31-0, 19) fail despite looking like a done deal, or that Panomroonglek waits to fight the winner.
Knowing what we know of McDonnell's situation we're happy to say we can't see that bout being made. Saying that however one Thai source had suggested the that Diamond were "90%" confident that the bout was done, a staggering figure considering the McDonnell/Kameda situation.
The other bout, and the more likely of the bouts, would see WBA "interim" Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (10-0, 5) battling against WBA "regular" champion Hekkie Budler (28-1, 9). From what we understand this would take a notable offer from Diamond but certainly not be an impossible bout to make given that boxing in South Africa is close to being dead with a number of issues plaguing the countries domestic scene at the moment.
How close we to actually getting Knockout Vs Budler is anyone's guess but this does seem a very likely bout in the next 12 months or so given the title status of both men and the way Diamond have put big money, at least for a Minimumweight, behind Knockout and his rise through the ranks.
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