Earlier today we were informed that Panya Pradabsri (29-1, 18), aka Petchmanee Kokietgym, would be back in the ring on December 20th as he takes on Filipino foe Jerry Tomogdan (29-10-4, 15) in Bangkok.
The once beaten Thai is said to be closing in on a WBO Light Flyweight world title bout with Elwin Soto, and Thai sources are reporting that if he wins here that will be the route he goes down. It's unclear at the moment if he'd just be getting at the champion or need an eliminator, but he is going to be going the WBO route.
Whilst Tomogdan isn't a gimme of an opponent, and is a solid enough regional level foe, it is assumed the Thai will easily defeat him and claim the OPBF "silver" Light Flyweight title.
Also on the card will be former world title challenger Noknoi Sitthiprasert (71-5, 44), who is now listed on boxrec by his birth name of Narast Aienleng, who is looking to secure a WBA Flyweight title fight next year against Artem Dalakian (19-0, 14). The highly experienced Noknoi will be up against Thai based Brazilian teenager Dionatha Santos Tobias (0-2), in what is a frankly disgusting looking mismatch.
For fans wanting to watch this card, it will be shown live on Channel 7, from 13:45 local time, with a 2 hour time slot being set aside for the broadcast.
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Earlier today it was revealed that Panya Pradabsri (25-1, 14) has got his next bout set, and has also got his eyes on a big bout down the line.
The once beaten Thai will be in action on June 28th, with sources reporting that he will be defending his OPBF silver Flyweight title against Robert Onggocan (12-5, 8).
The bout with Onggocan will apparently be televised on Channel 7, seemingly a sign that they have reversed their policy change from earlier in the year, with the broadcast beginning at 13:45 local time.
Part of the reason why Channel 7 may be showing this fight is the fact that Pradbsri, also known as Petchmanee Kokietgym, has revealed that he is targeting a move back to Light Flyweight to challenge WBO champion Angel Acosta (20-1, 20). The plan seems to be to get a shot at the hard hitting Puerto Rican in the next 12 months, with his team planning to petition the WBO at a convention later in the year.
We'll admit we like the look of next weekend's bout, and whilst we would expect Acosta to beat the Thai if they fought later in the next 12 months, it is certainly a very interesting match up all the same.
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Earlier today in Thailand local fans had reason to celebrate with the promising Panya Pradabsri (25-1, 14) claiming the OPBF "silver" Flyweight title.
The Talented Thai was facing off with the talented Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-5, 9), but size and power difference were way too much for the Filipino.
The Thai applied pressure from the off and Alimento really struggled to make the local back off or respect him. Instead Pradabsri marched forward and controlled almost everything.
In round 2 the pressure really paid off with Alimento being caught with a nasty body shot that send him down for the 10 count, in what was a clear delayed reaction to a perfectly placed shot.
Sadly for Alimento this is his third straight loss, and his second by stoppage following a defeat in 3 rounds to Junto Nakatani in July. It seems clear he shouldn't be fighting at Flyweight. For the Thai however this is a big win and he has stated that he's looking to challenge WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro in the new year.
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Back in October we reported that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] was looking to have a stay busy bout in November, ahead of a strongly rumoured world title defense against Japan's Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6) [小野 心]. Apparently a deal to fight Ono still hasn't been signed and sealed, though is expected to be closed in the very near future.
Today we were informed that Wanheng will indeed have his stay busy bout, on November 16th against Indonesian fighter Tyson Lahagu (2-9-1, 2), who is listed on boxrec under his birth name of Mektison Marganti.
The bout with the Indonesia will be Wanheng's third bout of 2018, a year that has seen him tie Floyd Mayweather at 50-0 and then take the leader over the American, at 51-0. With this bout set to take place when it is it will move him to 52-0 before Maywather can take part in his bout with Japan's Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] which may clash with the the potential Wanheng Vs Ono bout on December 31st.
Our understanding is that Panya Pradabsri (24-1, 13) will be fighting on the same card, against Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9), though we may have mistranslated that, with the hope being for Pradabsri to target a move to Light Flyweight for a bout with Kenshiro (14-0, 8) [拳四朗] in the future.
Earlier today in Rangsit, Thailand, fans saw Panya Pradabsri (23-1, 12) [เพชรมณี ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] retain the OPBF Silver Minimumweight title, as he scored a stoppage win over Indonesian visitor Stevanus Nana Bau (8-10-2, 2).
The talented Thai looked the better fighter through out the bout. He regularly backed up the visitor and landed solid shots with Bau throwing mostly arm shots to try and create space.
It was a risky tactic from Bau who was often looking like a bullied fighter unable to get respect of the Thai and it seemed to become more and more negative in round 6. With Bau on the retreat through the round the referee stepped in and saved the Indonesian, who had thrown some shots in return just as the third man stepped in. It was a weird stoppage, but clearly a merciful one by a referee who had seen the visitor take an increasing amount of punishment.
In theory this win puts the Thai in the running to face the winner of the upcoming OPBF title fight between Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] and Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹] on September 29th.
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