This coming Friday we'll see the highly anticipated rematch between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], from Thailand, and highly skilled Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26). The bouts follows a 2018 clash between the two men which was incredibly competitive, with Srisaket narrowly retaining his title.
Given how close their first bout was there is no surprise that the odds are close for this match up.
The to win market narrowly favours Srisaket, with odds of 4/5, whilst Estrada is best priced at 11/8. Given how close those odds are, and how close the first bout was, it will be no surprise to hear that the draw is also price low, with 18/1 being the best available.
At the moment, though we expect this to change as we get closer to the fight, the only other market of note is the "Method of victory" market.
In terms of method of victory a decision win for the Thai is 7/4 whilst a knockout win for Sriskaet is 15/4. A decision win for Estrada is 9/4 whilst he has the same odds as Srisket in terms of scoring a knockout, as 15/4.
We're expecting things like a length of bout market becoming available in the near future.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see the hugely popular former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] score his latest win, stopping Thai youngster Sahaphap Bunop (4-3, 3) in 2 rounds.
The 36 year old Yaegashi, who is looking to secure himself a Super Flyweight world title fight, got behind his jab early on and controlled the distance well in the opening round. In the second round he dropped the Thai with a right hand and whilst the Thai did get up he wasn't up for long, being dropped twice more more, before being stopped at 2:25 of round 2.
The rumour from Japan is that Yaegashi will be targeting either between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔], if he over-comes Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) and claims the WBO Super Flyweight title in June, or WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], who Yaegashi does hold a win against. He would likely be the clear under-dog against either, but few can begrudge him one last big fight, even if few would would give him a chance of winning.
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Just moments ago DAZN confirmed the date and venue for the very highly anticipated rematch between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26).
The bout, which had been in the works for a while, will take place on April 26th at the Forum in Los Angeles, the same venue that the two fought their first bout, back in February 2018.
Their first bout saw Srisaket narrowly retain his title with a majority decision in a sensational 12 round back and forth. The bout saw the Thai icon being pushed hard late on, though his work earlier in the fight secured him the win. Since then he has scored 2 wins in Thailand whilst Estrada has picked up a couple of wins in the US.
Notably the show will also feature the IBF and WBA Super Bantamweight unification bout between TJ Doheny and Daniel Roman in an excellent match up. Interesting the winner will have several men swirling, with mandatory challengers Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], for the WBA title, and Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], for the IBF title, both eyeing up the winner.
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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