According to sources in Thailand WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] is a wanted man, with offers put towards him from the teams of two notable contenders.
The better known of those contenders is China's former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (27-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠], who is said to have offered to travel to Thailand for his world title challenge and would be available relatively soon. The bout would, potentially, see Knockout avenge the loss of Petchmanee Kokietgym, who was beaten by the Chinese fighter earlier this month.
The other contender is OPBF champion Tsubasa Koura (11-0, 8) [小浦 翼], who will defend his title on November 11th against Masataka Taniguchi (8-1, 6) [谷口 将隆] and then chase a world title fight. The offer here is dependent on Koura beating Taniguchi, and would see him getting his shot in 2018, supposedly in March. What is notable about this offer is that Koura's team are attempting to get Knockout over to Japan for the contest, suggesting that relatively money is on offer for this bout.
What happens next is yet to be seen, though it is good to see notable names now chasing the unbeaten champion.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
The Chinese scene has been a bit flat recently, with some notable bouts falling through and just a general silence in the country, which at one point did look like it was on the verge of really kicking off and becoming a country make a real note of.
Thankfully that silence was broken recently with the announcement of a notable card for October 3rd in ShanXi Province.
One of the two big talking points is the chief supporting bout which, will see Chinese hopeful Can Xu (12-2) [徐灿] taking on former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-6-1-1, 15) in a WBA Featherweight world title eliminator. Xu, who is on a run of 9 straight wins, is ranked #4 by the WBA and is clearly looking to earn a world title foght in the near future, seeing the WBA as the most attractive option. Cermeno, who won and defended the WBA Super Bantamweight title in China, is stepping up in weight here and will know that a win could open the door to one more major fight for a man who really has spent much of his career being over-looked and under-rated.
The main event of the card is the other major talking point and will see former Chinese world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠] taking on unbeaten Thai prospect Petchmanee Kokietgym (18-0, 10) [เพชรมณี ก่อเกียรติยิม], in what is listed as a "WBA Mini Flyweight interim 2orld title bout", essentially a WBA "interim" Minimumweight title bout. For Zhong the bout will be his first in well over a year, and by the time of the fight he won't have scored a win in over 2 years. For the Thai, who is listed as Panya Pradabsri on the bout sheet, this will be his third bout of 2017. The Thai comes into the bout ranked #4 by the WBA and at 26 he is coming into his prime, and is almost a decde younger than his Chinese foe. Notably the winner of this will be in line for a shot at current WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], potentially with that fight coming early next year.
(Bout sheet courtesy of https://www.sohu.com)
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