Earlier today in Thailand fight fans were able to see WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] share the ring with Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] in what was an entertaining 3 round exhibition, for charity.
The "fight", fought with headguards and 18oz gloves, was entertaining, and it seemed like both men were happy to let their hands fly. Knowing that they couldn't really hurt each other they were happy to put on a show for the fans.
It was revealed that Srisaket was 7KG's over the Super Flyweight limit and that he will now have 2 days to rest before resuming practicing for his second bout with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26). Apparently that training will see Srisaket sparring with a Filipino fighter, with a similar style to Estrada and unfortunately the Thai media will not be invited to see Srisaket's training.
It's worth noting there is still no official announcement of the date for the Srisaket Vs Estrada rematch, but all signs are pointing towards an April 6th date.
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According to sources in Thailand this Friday's exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] could be Srisaket's final bout in Thailand.
The source has reported that Srisaket's remaining career bouts will be in either the US or in Europe, in part due to his recent contract with DAZN and Matchroom USA.
This is interesting news in a way, and probably explains why this Friday's exhibition is going ahead , and is free for fans, despite a mandatory title fight set for April. It should however be taken with some doubt, and we wouldn't be surprised if Srisaket returned in Thailand towards the end of his career, and given how the career's of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Sirimongkol Singwancha have gone we can't really rule out Thai's fighting in bouts way beyond their best.
If this report turns out to be true it'll be a shame for Thai fans, who won't get the chance to see their biggest star for the foreseeable future, though it does show the commitment that Srisaket is making in his agreement with DAZN and the money being offered to him is clearly sizable, even more so for a 32 year old Super Flyweight who won't have many big fights left in his body.
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Earlier today the thaitimenews.com reported the full details of the February 8th card in Thailand which is stacked with names and is being held primarily for charity.
The event, which is being used to raise money for equipment for a Royal Thai Air Force Hospital that is set to be completed weeks after the show, will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with a 2 hour time slot, and 5 scheduled contests, with 3 being televised, including an exhibition featuring two very notable fighters.
The card is set to open with former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (42-8, 19) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์] taking on former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] in an 8 round bout at 122lbs.
Following that we'll then get a 3 round exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL], this will be Srisaket's final "bout" before his proposed rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26), which is set to be Srisaket's DAZN debut.
The main event of the scheduled telecast will see Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] facing off with former world title contender Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) in a bout for the WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
If time permits the broadcast is then expected to show some of the remaining action from the card. This includes Namphol Sithsaithong (18-10-1, 10) [มาร์ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling in a 6 round Flyweight bout.
The time slot for the broadcast is 13:45 to 15:45 local time with the whole event being held in a temporary ring at the parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai and will be free to attend. Given the the notable men in action, including a current world champion, a former world champion, 3 former world title challengers and a rising young star, the crowd is expected to be sizable.
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money for medical equipment for a local medical institute. However that ring appearance on February 8th will not be a competitive fight, but instead it will be a 3 round exhibition with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34).
This exhibition will be televised on Channel 7HD, between 13:45 and 15:45 local time on a temporary ring set up in parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai.
According to reliable sources in Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] hasn't yet signed a deal with DAZN, despite on going negotiations. The negotiations are expected to be completed, any day now. Though his team are still eyeing an April date for his rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26).
Thai sources also confirmed that Srisaket will be in action on February 8th, in a warm up bout in Bangkok, with more details to be announced on January 28th. That bout is set to be aired on Channel 7 in Thailand.
Sources are also reporting that Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) will be facing off with Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) for some form of WBC title at Super Bantamweight, though the specific title is unclear at the moment.
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