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.
Earlier today we had the latest WP Boxing event, with the main bout from the card being a match up between former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (45-1-1, 35) [นวพล NKL] and former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15-5, 32). On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, though one where the younger and hungrier fighter was expected to over-come experience trial horse, who was years removed from his best years.
The fight wasn't the most exciting but it did seem like Jaro was getting the better of the early rounds, using his experience and aggression well. That however didn't seem to impress the judges, who had Nawaphon in a commanding lead after 4 rounds. The questionable scorecards likely made Jaro realise he had to go for the KO but it was whilst he was being aggressive that he was caught by a hard body shot from the Thai. The shot managed to not hurt Jaro, but also drop him. He was in agony and tried to get to his feet, but was counted out.
Jaro seemed to complain about the stoppage, but he was beginning to slow and show his age, and it wasn't a particularly quick count or anything.
With the win Nawaphon retains WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, making his second defense. This was his 9th win since losing Juan Hernandez in a WBC Flyweight world title bout. As for Jaro he has now been stopped 9 times in his career, and at 37 it's hard to know what he really has left to offer.
Also scoring a win on this card was former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (43-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, who stopped a Filipino Matthew Arcillas (6-2, 6) in 3 rounds on the card.
Earlier today the thaitimenews.com reported the full details of the February 8th card in Thailand which is stacked with names and is being held primarily for charity.
The event, which is being used to raise money for equipment for a Royal Thai Air Force Hospital that is set to be completed weeks after the show, will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with a 2 hour time slot, and 5 scheduled contests, with 3 being televised, including an exhibition featuring two very notable fighters.
The card is set to open with former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (42-8, 19) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์] taking on former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] in an 8 round bout at 122lbs.
Following that we'll then get a 3 round exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL], this will be Srisaket's final "bout" before his proposed rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26), which is set to be Srisaket's DAZN debut.
The main event of the scheduled telecast will see Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] facing off with former world title contender Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) in a bout for the WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
If time permits the broadcast is then expected to show some of the remaining action from the card. This includes Namphol Sithsaithong (18-10-1, 10) [มาร์ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling in a 6 round Flyweight bout.
The time slot for the broadcast is 13:45 to 15:45 local time with the whole event being held in a temporary ring at the parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai and will be free to attend. Given the the notable men in action, including a current world champion, a former world champion, 3 former world title challengers and a rising young star, the crowd is expected to be sizable.
(Image courtesy of thaitimenews.com)
Tomorrow we see the ring return of WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] who battles against Thai challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม]. The bout is widely viewed as a massive mismatch but there may be some opportunities for some gamblers to many on the bout.
The "To Win" market favours Inoue in a way that many would expect. The champion is priced at 1/100 almost across the board with the UK bookmakers, and unsurprisingly Petchbarngborn is the clear under-dog, priced between 12/1 and 22/1. By that same token the odds on the draw are huge at 33/1 and 40/1. Obviously barring a shock there will be very little money to be won on the "To win" but there are other markets available for the fight.
For those expecting a stoppage from Inoue he can be backed at 1/10 to score a KO/TKO or a DQ win, whilst Inoue by decision is 11/2. For those wanting the particular on an up Petchbarngborn is 20/1 to win inside the distance and a staggering 33/1 to win by decision.
For those thinking about round betting the most likely rounds for an Inoue win are 3 and 4, both priced at 11/2 whilst oth rounds are priced at 6/1and upwards. The Thai is 100/1 to win in any selected round.
For those who fancy a safe bet, the bout is 1/9 to not go the distance and 5/1 to go the schedule, making a potential 11% return on bets for the bout not to go the distance, a very good looking bet in our eyes.
Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] defend his title against Thai challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม]. That bout was confirmed this morning after both men made weight for the bout and passed the final hurdle before getting in to the ring.
On the scales both men were 52.1KG's which was dead on the divisional limit. This is the 4th successive time that Inoue has weighed in at 115lbs dead on, show an excellent level of professionalism following his reign at 108lbs, a weight class that he was struggling to make earlier in his career.
For Petchbarngborn the details on his previous weights are harder to find, however he was 115lbs for his last bout in Japan, a 2013 loss to Sho Ishida.
At the weigh in Petchbarngborn looked slightly fleshy whilst Inoue, as always, looked in great condition and it was one of the few times where Inoue didn't look gaunt in the face, showing just how well he made the weight this time around!
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