Earlier today it was revealed that Panya Pradabsri (25-1, 14) has got his next bout set, and has also got his eyes on a big bout down the line.
The once beaten Thai will be in action on June 28th, with sources reporting that he will be defending his OPBF silver Flyweight title against Robert Onggocan (12-5, 8).
The bout with Onggocan will apparently be televised on Channel 7, seemingly a sign that they have reversed their policy change from earlier in the year, with the broadcast beginning at 13:45 local time.
Part of the reason why Channel 7 may be showing this fight is the fact that Pradbsri, also known as Petchmanee Kokietgym, has revealed that he is targeting a move back to Light Flyweight to challenge WBO champion Angel Acosta (20-1, 20). The plan seems to be to get a shot at the hard hitting Puerto Rican in the next 12 months, with his team planning to petition the WBO at a convention later in the year.
We'll admit we like the look of next weekend's bout, and whilst we would expect Acosta to beat the Thai if they fought later in the next 12 months, it is certainly a very interesting match up all the same.
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Rising Indonesian hopeful Iwan Zoda (13-2, 12) suffered a notable upset defeat earlier today as Filipino Robert Onggocan (8-1, 4) scored a 7th round TKO victory, and claimed the IBF Youth Flyweight title.
Specific details from the bout are scarce, though it was Zoda's first defence of the title and he was favoured to retain his title with his team viewing him as the focus point for Indonesian boxing over comign years. Although talented, and with an impressive engine, some had noted some cockiness and show boating in previous bouts and it is possible that that was partly responsible for today's loss.
The Indonesian hopeful had stopped every man he had fought, avenging his previous loss along the way with a sensational 12th round win over Petchchorhae Kokietgym in 2015.
Going into the bout Onggocan was a real unknown, with his most notable previous bout being his December 2015 loss to Pedro Taduran. He had been twice earlier in his career, whilst fighting as a Minimumweight, but appears to have taken his opportunity today and scored a career boosting win by stopping Zoda.
Although specific details are scarce the win could, potentially, make Onggocan one to watch during 2017 and he will certainly have raised his stock with this win in hostile territory.
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