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It's only early in to the year but we may well have seen an early contender for the Thai upset of the year.
Touted teenager Saenganan Sithsaithong (19-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง] had been spoke about as a Thai with the potential to go a very long way at a very young age. He had debuted back in 2013, as a 13 year old and had won a number of low level regional titles during his first 19 bouts. He was expected to pick another earlier today as he took on Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (16-37-8, 5) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title.
Although clearly brought in as the supposed loser Berwela hadn't read the script and had instead come to win, despite having gone 5-21-4 in his previous 30 bouts. The Filipino dropped the Thai in round 3 with a short left hand, and went for the kill as the Thai got to his feet, winging in big shots as Saenganan looked to recover his senses.
To his credit the Thai did manage to have his moments in the following few rounds, but the visitor continued to press the action, and grew in confidence, inviting the Thai to hit him at times.
The loss is a huge set back for the Thai, who showed real issues with his ability to take a shot, though at just 18 he does have a lot of time to rebuild. For Berwela however this is the sort of win that should secure him at least one more big bout in Thailand.