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.
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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!
The Monster battles Petchbarngborn, but will he devour a Thai?
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Today Ohashi held a press conference and signing ceremony ahead of their show this coming Sunday. The event gave the press a chance to hear what the fighters though and how they felt ahead of this weekend's fights.
The biggest name involved in the show is WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥], who will be facing Thai challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม]. At the event stated his hand had no issues and that it was 100% healed following his last bout, a decision win over David Carmona. He also stated that he was focusing on his fight before looking ahead to next weekend's WBC title fight between Carlos Cuadras and Roman Gonzalez.
Petchbarngborn's trainer, Chatchai Sasakul, stated that his fighter had to make the most of his opportunity whilst the fighter himself seemed confident and calm whilst also seemingly happy to be getting a shot at a top fighter.
Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue (7-0, 2) [井上 拓真] stated that he wanted a good performance against Filipino Froilan Saludar (23-1-1, 14), as he looked to make a statement and prepare for a world title fight in the very near future.
Another fighter from the televised card, Satoshi Shimizu (0-0) [清水 聡] also spoke, ahead of his debut against Korean fighter In Kyoo Lee (3-2, 1) [이인규], and it seemed like he was confident and excited about making a mark on the professional fight scene.
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