Earlier today fans, in both Thailand and the US, were able to see the latest WP Boxing card, which was available on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US, and took place in the Workpoint Studios in Bang Phun.
The broadcast opened up with former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, taking a close and hotly contested 6 round decision win over Filipino Renz Rosia (15-9-1, 8). The bout wasn't the most entertaining we saw during the day, but was hotly contest and neither man had come to the ring to make up the numbers. The second half certainly felt like the pace, from both, was increased and as we went to the bell it was hard to know who had won. In the end the decision went to the local, though had this taken place outside of Thailand we would assume the decision would have gone to Rosia.
The main event of the card saw Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (47-1-1, 37), otherwise known as Nawaphon Kaikanha stopping Indonesian visitor Patrick Liukhoto (9-2-1, 7). The bout saw Nawaphon pressing the action through out and eventually he broke down the visitor to record his second defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. It's now clear, more than ever, that Nawaphon needs a serious step up in class again and that wasting at this level will not prepare him when he does fight another top fighter, so fingers crossed he will take on a serious test in the not so distant future. He's too good to keep wasting his time at this level.
Also on this card was fast rising youngster Chainoi Worawut (7-0-1, 7), aka Thattana Luangphon, who stopped Indonesian journeyman Hendrik Barongsay (29-31-3, 18) in the 4th round of their bout. At 22 years old Chainoi is a talented youngster, but we'd again like to see him stepping up in class, especially if he's to feature in a notable on a WP Boxing card.
Indonesian promoter Hodlif Hun announced that his next show would take place in Jakarta on March 29th, and would feature 7 bouts in total. It's not a huge card, or one that will capture much international attention but does feature some interesting sub stories, including a couple of 6 round bouts for the promoters own title, something we seem to be seeing a lot of in Indonesia this year, a 12 round national title bout and some notable under-card fighters.
The most notable fighter involved in the 4 round under-card bouts is the unbeaten Patrick Liukhoto (9-0-1, 7), a very promising Indonesian prospect, who really should be in more testing bouts than he's in here against a domestic journeyman.
In the 2 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds we'll see the promoters titles on the line. One of those bouts will Musa Andy Letding (12-10-4, 6) taking on Boido Simanjuntak (24-53-2, 10), in a bout set at Lightweight, whilst the other will be at Heavyweight and will see Marco Tuhumury (13-22-2, 5) battle Rahman Ambodalle (6-11-2, 3), in a bout to finish their trilogy.
It's the 12 round main event that really is the big story however as Flasidus Nuno (1-0) fights for an Indonesian Bantamweight title against Dedi Saputra (2-5) in a 12 round bout. Whilst Saputra is nothing special it is risky putting Nuno in a 12 round bout at this early stage of his career, given he has only had 4 rounds as a professional, though we're going to look forward to seeing how he does here. Saputra hasn't beaten anyone of note, but has mixed with good domestic opposition and could certainly cause Nuno problems here.
According to the great people at Rondeaktual and Indonesian promoter Martin Daniel there will be 3 Indonesian prospects stepping up in class on January 25th to take on International opponents.
The fighters in question are Rivo Kundimang (8-0-1, 4), Patrick Liukhoto (9-0-1, 7) and Andika Sabu (15-0, 8), aka Andika D'Golden Boy.
At the moment none of the fighters have had opponents named but all are being put in with international opponents, likely to be Filipino or Thai foes, as they continue to progress their career and develop from top domestic prospects to international hopefuls.
Whilst opponents haven't been named it has been revealed that Kundimang will be fighting for a minor WBC title at Light Welterweight, Liukhoto will be fighting for a regional WBO title at Bantamweight and Sabu will be fighting for a WBA regional title at Flyweight.
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Yesterday on a Martin Daniel promoted card in Indonesia fans had the chance to see the promising local prospect Patrick Liukhoto (9-0-1, 7) take a notable step up in class to battle with domestic veteran Noldi Manakane (33-35-3, 18) in an 8 round bout.
Everyone knew it was a step up for Liukhoto, but it was seen as a safe step up and something he should be able to manage. Manakane however had other idea and put on a genuine effort, holding the prospect to a draw.
Local sources report the bout was an exciting contest with both fighting at a good tempo from the opening, rand trading uppercuts and hooks on the inside. Sadly however the youngster was unable to get over the winning line.
One bizarre thin about this result that is worth noting is that local sources are reporting that this draw leaves Liukhoto with a record of 10-0-1 (8) and not the 9-0-1 (7) of boxrec. There is however doubt that source has the right record given they also listed Manakane as being 51-17-3 (18), something we know is wrong.
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According to Indonesian sources local prospect Patrick Liukhoto (9-0, 7) will be in action on November 9th in a bout against former world title challenger Noldi Manakane (33-35-2, 18).
On paper this is a huge step up in class for Liukhoto, who has been topped as one of the most promising prospects in Indonesia, but it should be a manageable one for him, given his amateur pedigree and the high hopes his promoter has for him.
Interestingly this bout seems to mean that Manakane's previously scheduled bout against former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] on December 1st is almost certainly off and Kubo will be left fighting someone else.
The bout, this coming Friday, will take place in East Jakarta, and is scheduled to be an 8 round bout.
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