It's fair to say that boxing has had some frustrating moments during the years and some bouts that have just been pushed back and cancelled, or were never scheduled to even take place.
Today we were informed that the WBC Minimumweight title bout between Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] has now been set for May 31st.
The bout was originally scheduled for March 1st, then pushed to late March, then was said to have been pencilled in for April 24th but today it's been officially pushed all the way back to the end of May. There's been no clear reason given, as to why this has been pushed back so far, though it is worth noting that the bout has got a TV slot, and the promoter also has the April time slot.
The Wanheng Vs Fukuhara bout is set to be aired on Channel 7HD, from 13:45 to 15:45. The April 24th slot is on Channel 28SD, and has been set aside for an OPBF Bantamweight silver title bout between Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and "Nicky Jordan", who we believe is is Indonesian Nicky Jordan Nainggolan (6-6, 3).
It really is a shame that Thai boxing appears to be really struggling this year with TV options, and whilst it's great that WP Boxing is back, and is available on DAZN, it does seem that CH7's recent change in policy is a major problem.
On December 30th fight fans got their year ending Fuji TV show, a show that was dubbed the "Triple", yet only actually showed 2 of the 3 world title bouts that took place.
The broadcast saw a WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion being crowned, as Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] out pointed Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and also saw WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] successfully defending his title against Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10).
Today we saw various sources reporting the basic TV rating of the broadcast, which hit 6.3% in Kanto and 8.8% in Kansai.
To put that into raw numbers the show got around around 4,730,000.
Sadly we've not been given the information as to whether that was an average or a peak.
Given that the show didn't have a recognised star, for example Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], it's hard to know how Fuji will feel about those numbers. To put the numbers into some perspective Naoya Inoue's bout with Juan Carlos Payano averaged 8.4% of the Kanto region and peaked at an impressive 12.6% in the region.
Tomorrow we'll be able to see a new WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion being crowned, as Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] fight for the title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both looked in tremendous shape whilst making weight.
Both men were 118lbs on the scales, and both looked like they had put their all into preparing for the biggest fight of their careers.
Despite weighing the same it did look like Petch was the bigger man, which was shown during the medical checks a couple of days ago, so we do wonder how easily he makes 118lbs, though Thai's do have a reputation as being some of the best weigh cutters in the sport.
Interestingly both men will be wearing Winning gloves tomorrow, with Takuma wearing black and Petch wearing red.
Despite both men making weight Takuma stated that he was more thrilled than ever, when he saw the WBC title in front of him, and that everything has gone well for his preparation, so has no worries. Petch on the other hand seemed to suggest he just wanted to fight, and was up of talking about the fight.
Related- Petch Sor Chitpattana and Takuma Inoue clash for WBC interim title!
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This coming Sunday in Tokyo their will be a WBC "interim" Bantamweight bout as Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] look to claim their first "world" titles.
The bout might not be getting television attention in the UK but betting companies have priced the bout up for the British gamblers interesting the bout.
They have made Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, the clear betting favourite, with odds of 1/8 on the unbeaten Japanese fighter at the time of writing.
The naturally bigger and much more experienced Petch has been priced at 9/2 to pick up the upset win and become the latest world champion from Thailand.
The draw has been priced at 20/1.
Sadly at the time of writing there is only the "To win" market currently available, though we are expecting to see more bookmakers and markets open up over the next 24 hours, as we approach the fight.
Petch Sor Chitpattana and Takuma Inoue clash for WBC interim title!
(Image courtesy of Fuji TV)
We're set to see a new WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion being crowned in a few days time, as Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] battle, on December 30th, for the title.
Today those two fighters attended a press conference and spoke to the media bout their contest.
Inoue stated that he had been practicing hard for the bout and because there is a WBC title up for grabs he feels more enthusiastic. He spoke about missing out on a WBO title fight at the end of 2016, when he was supposed to face Marlon Tapales before being injured, and explained that when he returned from his injury he got valuable experience by battling veteran fighters and that this is an opportunity to make a family dream come true. He also stated that this was a chance to show that there is a younger brother of Naoya Inoue, and a good performance he seems ton be his key to making fans fully aware of that.
Inoue's promoter Hideyuki Ohashi also spoke at the press conference. He echoed Takuma's comments about his last few bouts, stating that Takuma had had tough match making over the last 2 years and has had experience with southpaws during that time.
Petch's promised to fight with his full effort and wanted to take the belt back to Thailand, and to the people who have supported him through his career.
Both men are set to meet again tomorrow as they take part in their weigh in, signing ceremony and glove selection before their fight on Sunday.
Related - Petch Sor Chitpattana and Takuma Inoue clash for WBC interim title!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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