This past Saturday in Thailand fans had the chance to see the latest show in the IBF Silk Road tournament. It was a show that was streamed by the IBF, free over Youtube, but the stream was nigh on unwatchable. Sadly. However it was a good show, with several very good bouts.
The tournament bouts began at Super Bantamweight, where Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-2, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-3, 10) fought to a 10 round majority draw. It was a hotly contested bout, and had it not been in Thailand there's a good chance Lagos would have got the nod. Sadly with the bout taking place in Thailand it did seem like the local got the benefit of the doubt and got the draw as a result.
The second bout saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] take a TKO win over Filipino Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), in a Super Featherweight bout. Rosas unfortunately pulled out of the bout after round 5, giving Takenaka the win. This was the first time Rosas hadn't been stopped, though questions need to be asked as to why he was fighting at 130lbs here, especially in such a notable tournament.
The third bout saw local veteran a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-10-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, suffer a decision loss to unbeaten Uzbek Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5) over 10 rounds. Turdiev was too active and too hungry for the Thai, who really has been incredibly disappointing the last few years, and we do wonder what his career has left to offer.
Thankfully the locals did get a reason to celebrate as Sukpraserd Ponpitak (22-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, took a close decision win over the previously unbeaten Filipino Joseph Ambo (8-1-1, 6) to progress to the next round of the tournament.
We're hoping that when the next round of the tournament is held the IBF will provide a much more stable stream than they gave us here, as it really was terrible.
Tomorrow we'll see the IBF Silk Road Tournament hit Thailand, with the team responsible for the IBF Silk Road tournaments working alongside Kiatkreerin to host the show.
After weeks of waiting we now, finally have the running order for the show, which appears to feature 6 bouts in total, including a female bout and a Muay Thai bout.
Among the fights on this show are the previously reported contest between former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (17-3-1, 10) [竹中 良] and Lorence Rosas (9-2-2, 3), a bout between Pipat Chaiporn (45-12-1, 28), aka Mike Tawatchai, and Filipino Eugene Lagos (15-5-2, 10), a contest between Komsan Polsan (36-9-1, 22), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, and the unbeaten Dostonbek Turdiev (6-0, 5) of Uzbekistan and Sukpraserd Ponpitak (21-9, 14), aka Sukkasem Kietyongyuth Joseph ambo (8-0-1, 6), of the Philippines.
Fans wanting to watch this card will want to tune into Thairath, channel 32, tomorrow night.
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)
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