Earlier today fight fans in Thailand, and those who were watching on Thairath, had the chance to see a pretty interesting card, headlined by a really good match up between Thai veteran Mike Tawatchai (45-12-1, 28) [ไมค์เกษตรพัฒนา] and Japanese visitor Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平].
On paper this was a match up that looked likely to be entertaining, though few would have expected what we got, with Takahashi fightign at an insane pace always pressureing the Thai and forcing a real action bout. The Thai looked to avoid the war but kept getting dragged into a fight, and it was a fight he struggled to ever shine in, with the visitor out working him, out fighting him and refusing to change tactics.
In the end Takahashi's work rate sealed the deal and forced the judges to give him the win, with scores of 117-111, twice, and 116-112.
For Takahashi this is a huge win and could help him take a step towards a potential world title fight. It also leaves Tawatchai needing a win in September, when he returns to the ring against Muhamad Ridhwan inm Singapore.
The card also featured a second win for a Japanese fighter with Hironobu Matsunaga (13-1, 7) [松永 宏信] scoring a 4th round TKO win against Patomsuk Pathompothong (34-9-1, 21) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา]. The only real relief for Thai's was Downua Ruawaiking (12-0, 9), who continued his unbeaten run with a 6th round KO win against Filipino foe Jason Egera (23-20-2, 11).
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see a rematch between Japanese tough guy Akihiro Kondo (27-6-1, 14) [近藤 明広] and Thai veteran Patomsuk Pathompothong (33-6-1, 20) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา]. Today those two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and although it was a relatively jovial affair it does seem like both men are looking to put on a show for the fans.
Kondo, who beat the Thai last year due to a cut based stoppage, stated that his future lies in more significant bouts, and has stated that he would like to chase the OPBF Light Welterweight title going forward, attempting to unify it with his WBO Asia Pacific title. He seems to feel like he is a genuine player in the division and wants to chase a actively chase notable bouts.
The Thai was respectful of his foe but seemed confident of putting on an exciting performance here. He admitted that Kondo was a strong pressure fighter but seemed confident that he wouldn't suffer the same fate as he did in his previous bout with Kondo.
For fans interested in this bout will be featured on A-sign Boxing as part of their second A-sign Bee card, and does promise to be an enjoyable battle.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Yesterday Thai fans got several televised shows. One of those took place on Thairath who not only televised the show but also streamed it live over youtube and then posted the full telecast for those missed it.
That upload can be seen below and features a number of fights.
The highest profile of the contests to be shown saw Patomsuk Pathompothong (31-4-2, 10) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา] fight to a very disappointing No Decision against Indonesian Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (18-10-2, 8), in a bout for the vacant IBF International 140lb title. The headclash left the Indonesian with a nasty cut above his right eye and the action was stopped soon afterwards with the blood running down Ferdinandus' face and into his eye.
Sadly an advertised bout featuring Manus Boonjumnong (4-0, 2) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์] appears to have been cancelled after Manus' opponent suffered an injury just days before the show.
Earlier today we were informed that Thai promoter Kiatkreerin were set to put on their next card on February 26th in Bangkok, with the card to air on Thairath.
At the moment we're unsure on the specifics for the show though from what we under the card will feature a trio of notable fighters from the Kiatkreerin banner with the most well known of those being former amateur star Manus Boonjumnong (4-0, 2) [มนัส บุญจำนงค์].
Manus, a Middleweight hopeful, is a 2-time Olympic medal winner who turned professional last year and has already run up 4 wins and moved into 8 round bouts, whilst slowly looking more and more like a professional.
From we under-stand the other bouts will include Patomsuk Pathompothong (31-4-1, 19) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา] fighting in an IBF Asia title fight at 140lbs against Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (17-10-1, 8).
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