Earlier today in Thailand, like on Workpoint and DAZN, fans were able to see two of the hottest Thai based hopefuls in action, and although both picked up wins there was certainly question marks left hanging over one of the two.
The first of the two unbeaten fighters was Apichet Petchmanee (4-0, 2), who turned professional last year with back to back quick wins. Unfortunately today he was rather lucky as he narrowly over-came former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-4, 41).
On paper this was a huge step up in class for Apichet, but what he was supposed to manage with no real issues against a smaller, older man who hadn't been particularly active in recent years and was a long way removed from his prime days as a Featherweight. Surprisingly however Chonlatarn showed next to no respect for the unbeaten prospect, and seemed to out battle, out punch, out war and out fight Apichet at times, clearly rocking him more than once.
Although being tagged more than he had in his first 3 professional bouts Apichet showed his toughness and dug in deep, doing just enough to earn the decision on the official cards, and retaining his unbeaten record. Despite the win it seems like Apichet really isn't developing as hoped and it's maybe best for him to move back up in weight, from Lightweight to Light Welterweight, as he certainly seemed more authoritative with the extra 5 lbs behind his shots.
The other was Thai based Dutch born fighter Nick Frese (10-0, 8), who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title with a 6th round win over Filipino Sonny Katiandagho (12-5, 7), who has now lost 4 of his last 5 including 3 losses by TKO. Frese dominated this from the off and was show boating whilst breaking down the Filipino in a very good performance from the unbeaten man.
Earlier today in Thailand fight fans had the chance to see the fact rising Downua Ruawaiking (14-0, 11) record his second defense of the IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight title, and put on one of his best performances so far.
The touted Thai was facing off with Filipino Sonny Katiandagho (12-4, 7), in what looked like being a decent test on paper. The Thai, who has faced limited opposition since taking a decision over Adam Diu Abdulhamid in August 2017, took control early against Katiandagho.
In round 2 the Filipino fought aggressively, taking risks to get at the taller man. That didn't work out well for Katiandagho who was dropped by a sharp counter right hand. To his credit it seemed like a flash knockdown, and Katiandagho was up quickly, but it was clear that Downua had the power to end the fight. The knockdown didn't seem to hurt the Filipino physically but it seemed to destroy his confidence, and he was dropped a second time later in the round, from a massive right hand.
Again Katiandagho would quickly get to his feet, though this time it seemed like he had been buzzed and the shot had been a very eye catching one. He made it to the end of the round, but didn't look like he had recovered in round 3, as he threw wild shots, chasing the Thai. Again Katiandagho left himself open for counter shots, and again he would be punished, eating another huge right hand. This time Katiandagho was done, recovering and going straight to his corner and being saved from further punishment.
Although their was a huge gulf in class here it is worth noting that Katiandagho had recently gone 12 rounds with Baishanbo Nasiyiwula, and has previously scored upset wins over Hyun Woo Yuh and Rafik Harutunjan, suggesting that Downua may well be a genuine prospect, and a real puncher at this level.
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