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.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com
The Chinese scene has been a bit flat recently, with some notable bouts falling through and just a general silence in the country, which at one point did look like it was on the verge of really kicking off and becoming a country make a real note of.
Thankfully that silence was broken recently with the announcement of a notable card for October 3rd in ShanXi Province.
One of the two big talking points is the chief supporting bout which, will see Chinese hopeful Can Xu (12-2) [徐灿] taking on former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-6-1-1, 15) in a WBA Featherweight world title eliminator. Xu, who is on a run of 9 straight wins, is ranked #4 by the WBA and is clearly looking to earn a world title foght in the near future, seeing the WBA as the most attractive option. Cermeno, who won and defended the WBA Super Bantamweight title in China, is stepping up in weight here and will know that a win could open the door to one more major fight for a man who really has spent much of his career being over-looked and under-rated.
The main event of the card is the other major talking point and will see former Chinese world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠] taking on unbeaten Thai prospect Petchmanee Kokietgym (18-0, 10) [เพชรมณี ก่อเกียรติยิม], in what is listed as a "WBA Mini Flyweight interim 2orld title bout", essentially a WBA "interim" Minimumweight title bout. For Zhong the bout will be his first in well over a year, and by the time of the fight he won't have scored a win in over 2 years. For the Thai, who is listed as Panya Pradabsri on the bout sheet, this will be his third bout of 2017. The Thai comes into the bout ranked #4 by the WBA and at 26 he is coming into his prime, and is almost a decde younger than his Chinese foe. Notably the winner of this will be in line for a shot at current WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], potentially with that fight coming early next year.
(Bout sheet courtesy of https://www.sohu.com)
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