Sadly news from Thailand can come at short notice and this can, occasionally, make us look a bit silly. Thankfully we've managed to catch a late story tonight regarding a card which will take place tomorrow, January 31st, in Thailand and feature several noteworthy names.
In the main event we will see Samartlek Kokietgym (17-5, 5), best known for his loss last September to Naoya Inoue, battle against a Filipino foe. According to the brilliant Ian Melodillar we've been told that Samartlek's opponent will be the unbeaten Richie Behec (2-0-1, 1) who is surprisingly 2-0 against Thai's in Thailand.
Samartlek isn't the only recognisable fighter on this card and, if you look across at the picture, you may also recognise former multi-time world title challenger Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28) who is fighting for the first time since his loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in Macau last July. He will be battling against an opponent from France according to our source.
Sadly we're unsure who the other 2 fights involve through the 4 bout card will be aired on Thai digital TV channel 17 and takes a 2 hour slot between 16:00 and 18:00 local time.
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[Updated to include Behec's]
The most significant fight this weekend takes place on Saturday in Macau as double world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8) puts his unbeaten record as well as WBA and WBO Super World titles on the line against Thai veteran Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28). Unfortunately whilst it is significant it's universally viewed as a mismatch as the bookies indicate with the odds for the bout.
Rigondeaux, who was priced 1/100 by all the bookies a few days ago is now best priced at 1/66 with Boylesports. These odds are amongst the most one sided you will ever see in a sporting contest, never mind a world title bout.
Sod, as the under-dog, is priced as high as 20/1 with most bookies though with Betfair he can backed a bit higher if you're willing to "lay" Ringondeaux.
As for the expected method of victory Rigondeaux by stoppage is priced at 1/6. It's worth noting, before you jump on that, that Sod has only been stopped once and that was a chilling knockout years ago ago in his rematch with Daniel Ponce De Leon. Admittedly that came in the opening round but Ponce De Leon was one of the most frightening punchers of his generation. Rigondeaux by decision is priced at 9/2.
For Sod the odds of him scoring a stoppage are 33/1 and they are 40/1 for him to score a decision over the highly skilled Cuban. Again technically going with Betfair and laying Rigondeaux would offer better returns.
The draw is currently priced at around 35/1 and, just like those wanting to back Sod, they would be better off laying Rigondeaux to win on Betfair.
Our preview of this fight can be found here for those interested in our views.
(Note-We do not advocate gambling and are using the odds for illustrative purposes of how the bookies have this fight. Gambling can be an addictive and expensive habit.)
Earlier today Top Rank streamed the live weigh in from Macau. Unfortunately we were unable to give live updates though we do now have the weights of all the fighters involved in the show as well as the bout list, or "running order".
The first fight on the show will be a Lightweight bout between Russian sensation, and former amateur stand-out, Egor Mekhontsev (3-0, 3) and unbeaten Filipino Mike Mirafuente (2-0, 2). Mekhontsev came in just over the Lightweight limit at 177.25Lbs whilst Mirafuente was just over the Super Middleweight limit weighing in at 169.5lbs.
The second bout on the show will see the excellent Filipino Mark Anthony Gerlado (34-4-3, 14) battle against Efrain Perez (17-4, 12) in what looks to be a great fight on paper. Geraldo was the slightly lighter man weighing in at 116.25lbs whilst Perez was 116.5lbs giving him the Mexican a small advantage. We know most haven't seen the Filipino in action but he has genuinely impressed us and is significantly better than his record indicates.
The third bout on the card will see former world champion Brian Viloria (33-4-0-2, 19) return to Macau for his second fight in the venue. Viloria will be fighting against Jose Alfredo Zuniga (11-5-1, 5) and despite the hugely differing records of the fighters they both weighed in at an identical 112.5lbs.
The first of the Chinese fighters on the card will be the unbeaten Rex Tso (13-0, 8) of Hong Kong. Tso fights against Indonesia's John Bajawa (12-6, 6) and, as with the Viloria fight, both of the fighters weighed in at an identical 117.5lbs. For Tso this is his 3rd highest recorded weight whilst Bajawa is apparently fighting at a career high, notably however this bout will not see Tso risking his titles.
The second Chinese fighter in action on the show will be former Korean Lightweight champion IK Yang (15-0-0-1, 10) who will be battling against Thailand's Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit (14-8, 6). Yang has a notable advantage here weighing in at 143lbs whilst Rachamongkol was 136.5lbs though this is Yang's highest ever weight and is significantly higher than when he beat Jong Won Won for his first title or even when he made his Macau debut and defeated Elly Ray, both of which were fought at 135lbs.
Following Tso and Yang is another Chinese fighter, this time Macau's very own Kuok Kun Ng (4-0, 2) who will be battling against fellow unbeaten fighter Beau O'Brien (4-0-1, 1). Both men here came in at an identical weight of 153lbs for their 6 round Light Middleweight bout. For O'Brien this is his second highest weight, some 2lbs lower than the 155lbs he weighed on debut whilst Ng is slightly heavier than he has been in recent bouts.
The shows sole world title bout comes in the show's next contest and will see one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet in action. That fighter is unbeaten Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8) who will be defending his WBA "super" and WBO titles at Super Bantamweight against Thai veteran Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28). Although Sod is a huge under-dog he is actually the Heavyweight man, weighing in at 122lbs whilst Rigondeaux was 121.5lbs.
In the penultimate bout fans will get the chance to see the very promising Mexican Super Middleweight Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (28-0, 22) who battles Junior Talipeau (20-2-1, 7). This bout, for the NABF and WBO International Super Middleweight titles saw Sanchez coming 167.5lbs whilst Talipeau was 167lbs.
The main event, which pits China's unbeaten double Olympic champion Zou Shiming (4-0, 1) against former world title challenger Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13) saw Shiming coming in around his usual weight weighing 111.5lbs, this was a full lb heavier than De La Rosa who was 110.5lbs. This bout, for the WBO International Flyweight title will be Shiming's first 10 rounder and his first title bout though it is easily his toughest bout so far.
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Over-night the WBA released the names of the officials for the upcoming WBA "super" and WBO Super Bantamweight world title fight between defending champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8) and Thai veteran Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28).
The referee has been announced as American Mark Nelson, a referee who should be more than qualified for the task at hand. He is highly experienced and has done numerous world title fights spread around the world, including Kazuto Ioka's bout with Wisanu Kokietgym.
The judges will also be Americans with Denny Nelson, Glen Feldman and John Poturaj all going over to Macau.
Denny Nelson is a very experienced American judge who recently sat ringside for Terence Crawford's bout with Yuriorkis Gamboa and has also done numerous international fights, including Ryo Miyazaki's 2013 contest with Carlos Velarde. Interestingly Denny Nelson is referee Mark Nelson's father. Glen Feldman is another experienced official though he has had numerous eyebrow raising scorecards, often ruling bouts even on his card. John Poturaj is the judge who somehow managed to score the recent Marvin Sonsona/Wilfredo Vazquez Jr rematch in favour of Vazquez Jr by a score of 96-92. From what we can see Mr Poturaj was last in Asia to do the Kompayak Porpramook/Jean Piero Perez bout more than a year ago.
Despite the fact that both Feldman and Poturaj have turned in some stinking cards in the last few years we tend to feel their services won't be needed, at least not if Rigondeaux performs anywhere near his capabilities.
Earlier today we stumbled on the betting odds for Sod Kokietgym's (63-2-1, 28) world title challenge against Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8).
Rigondeaux, the defending WBO and WBA "super" champion Super Bantamweight has been priced as an impossible to back 1/100. Yes you read that right, Rigondeaux is 1/100 and for every £100 you stake on him you will win a mere £1. To say the bookies are giving Sod no chance is an under-statement and a half.
For those who are happy to go against the grain you can bet on Sod at around 18/1 though we'd suggest holding off in the hope that a betting exchange will have a market on the fight.
Whilst we know Rigondeaux has to be the favourite we do tend to think odds like this are a bit ridiculous, then again so to is the fight on July 19th in Macau. With the skills Rigondeaux has he really should be fighting a much better opponent that Sod and we'd have loved to have seen Rigondeaux fight someone like Shingo Wake, himself a tricky and fast southpaw, or Genesis Servania, a fighter who seems intent on rising to the top sooner rather than later.
As it is Sod we'd like to wish the Thai the best of luck but we don't seem him having more than a freak chance, something the bookies don't even give him at the moment.
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