On August 10th Thai fight fans will have the chance to see two of their notable youngsters in action.
One of those fighters is former world title challenger Stamp Kiatniwat (20-2, 8) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม], who will be looking to bounce back from his May upset loss to Jaysever Abcede. The Thai youngster will be battling against Filipino foe Rolly Sumalpong (10-2-2, 4), who has gone 1-2-1 in his last whilst mixing with the likes of Ken Shiro and Toto Landero. The bout will see both men moving up to Super Flyweight as they fight for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title.
For both men the bout will be a must win if they want to be relevant going in to 2019. Stamp once looked like a Thai wonder kid but losses to Kazuto Ioka and Abcede have put the breaks on his dreams of being a Thai star whilst Sumalpong, who dropped Ken Shiro in their bout, has been struggling for form over the last few years.
Also on the card will be WBA #2 ranked Flyweight Dennapa Kiatniwat (19-1, 14) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], with his team suggesting he will be matched well as he looks to prepare for a potential world title fight. His opponent hasn't been named but we're expecting it to be a Filipino or Indonesian foe.
Strangely the WBA list Dennapa by his birth name, Sarawut Thawornkham and have him listed as being 12-0 (7), which leaves his world ranking very hard to explain, despite the fact he's the WBA Asia champion. His record on the WBA's website appears to be incomplete though they have risen him multiple times in recent months, with the Thai youngster having first broken into their rankings back in November 2016.
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand saw local teenager Stamp Kiatniwat (17-1, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม] claim the WBA Asia Flyweight title as he scored an enjoyable to watch decision win over the limited but always game Filipino Michael Enriquez (13-7-1, 9).
The visitor made it clear that he hadn't travelled to just pick up a loss and chose to fight in center ring early on looking to draw mistakes from 19 year old Stamp. The Thai however showed good maturity and patience, refusing to give Enriquez many chances in the early going. After a few rounds Stamp had began to encourage pressure from the Filipino before looking to turn it around, leading to some really fun moments.
Around the mid-way point Stamp decided to press the action but the tough Enriquez, who famously had a FOTY contender with Rex Tso in 2015, showed his toughness and refused to go down, whilst picking his spots to fight back. Sadly though the Filipino never really looked strong enough or skilled enough to keep up with Stamp when he turned it on, though managed to see out the dangerous moments before taking the fight to a tiring Stamp in the later rounds, and he seemed to hurt a tiring Stamp in the later stages of what was a really fun contest.
Whilst Stamp ran out the winner in the end, with scores of 116-112, twice, and 115-112, the bout was always an enjoyable one and it showed what happens when two fighters have fun styles and are matched together. Hopefully it'll result in more decent fights for Enriquez, who really is one of the sports most under-rated action fighters. As for Stamp the bout might have been a win but showed his limitations late on he'll certainly have to work on his stamina if he's going to claim a major scalp on the world stage.
Over the final two days of 2016 Japanese fans were treat to a multitude of televised boxing, with 4 cards available to watch, each headlined by a world title fight. Understandably those shows ended up with contrasting TV figures.
The stand out figures came from the December 30th show on Fuji TV. That card had it's TV ratings split into two parts. The more notableof those parts was the would title fights that saw WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] defeat Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13) [河野 公平] and the IBF Light Flyweight title champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] defeat Samartlek Kokietgym (31-6, 11) [สามารถเล็ก ปูนอินทรียิม]. The viewing figures for that were the biggest of any of the end of year boxing shows and drew an incredible 8.2% of the viewing figure in the Kanto region.
The other party of that show, which featured 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (12-0, 9) [村田 諒太] stopping Mexican fighter Bruno Sandoval (19-2-1, 15) and 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡] blasting out Filipino Carlo Demecillo (6-4, 1) in 2 rounds, had 6.8% viewing figure in Kanto.
The tape delayed TV Tokyo broadcast featuring Ryoichi Taguchi's (25-2-2, 11) [田口良一] draw with Carlos Canizales (16-0-1, 13) and the anticipated rematch between WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1-0-1, 8) and Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志] drew 3.9%. The figures are better than we have seen in the past for some TV Tokyo shows but it again leads to us wondering why the channel persists in doing tape delay broadcasts in this day and age. They aimed for a prime time audience but with the results both known before the bouts the viewing figures will have taken a clear hit. Especially given that when they were broadcast they went directly up against a TBS broadcast, it was however a small increase in viewing figure from the previuous where the TV Tokyo end of year card got 3.7%.
That TBS broadcast was probably the most disappointing in terms of TV figures. This card saw Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13) [井岡一翔] score and exciting victory over Thai teenager Stamp Kiatniwat (15-1, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม] and a huge surprise as Yukinori Oguni (19-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] defeated Jonathan Guzman (22-1-0-1, 22) to claim the IBF Super Bantamweight title. The Ioka fight drew 5.5% if the Kanto viewing figures whilst the Oguni/Guzman fight hit a less than flattering 4.2%. This was a big fall from last year when Ioka averaged 7.7% and it seems likely that TBS will have to change how they show boxing in future with a number of viewers furious about not being able to see the Oguni fight live and a number tuning into the TV Tokyo card .
The clashing in TV figures for the TBS card and the TV Tokyo card will have hurt both and it seems likely that at least one channel will change how they do things in 2017. Of the two TV Tokyo were the "stupidest" in showing both of their bouts on delay, which will have cost them, however TBS refusing to show the Oguni/Guzman fight live did seem to annoy a lot of fans and the figures suggest that fans would rather have watched the bout live.
The other televised card from the weekend was the CBC shown card that saw Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成] dominate Moises Fuentes (24-3-1, 13) to claim the WBO Light Flyweigth title.The figures for this haven't been revealed but the Kanto figures will be 0% by default at the bout was carried in Kanto, however the bout was streamed online and seemed to see Tanaka get a lot of attention afterwards, suggesting that people did watch the stream that CBC provided for free.
Tomorrow fight fans will see Japanese icon Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] and return to the ring to defend his WBA Flyweight title against interim champion Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม]. The bout is, on paper at least, an even looking contest and a potentially exciting one with Stamp looking to break out and make a name for himsrlf and Ioka lookign to end 2016 as the man regarded as the best Flyweight on the planet.
Coming in to the bout the bookies have priced Ioka, the more recognised man and a 3-weight world champion, as the clear favourite. Although some bookies have priced him as a a 1/33 favourite others have shown a bit more restraint and have him priced at 1/19. Essentially the prices mean the same thing, the see the bout as a foregone conclusion and as an easy defense for the Osakan star. Kiatniwat on the other hand can be backed at a huge 12/1, though we suspect fans may not be piling much money on to him given how laborious he was in both of his wins over Gregorio Lebron, and the huge step up in class here along with this being his first fight outside of Thailand.
As for the draw that has been priced at 33/1.
Whilst there is almost no point in betting on the "To win" market there is sadly no other markets currently available for the bout, so this may be one to just avoid betting on and just enjoy watching instead.
Related- Kazuto Ioka continues a tradition as he looks to Stamp on Kiatniwat!
One of the most recent traditions in boxing is for TBS to feature a boxing card as part of their New Year's Eve celebrations. That tradition continues this year with a card headlined by a WBA Flyweight title bout between regular champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] and interim champion Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม], who both took part in their weigh in earlier today.
On the scales both men came in at the divisional limit of 112lbs neither man looked particularly happy at the weigh in and Ioka certainly looked like he had extra weight he could lose if he wanted to.
For Ioka the bout serves as his 4th defense of the title and will see him look to end 2016 in style and make up for a relative frustrating few months, which has seen him being accused of tax evasion and having a bout with Juan Francisco Estrada fall by the wayside when Estrada chose to move to Super Flyweight.
As for Stamp the bout is his biggest so far, and could potentially turn the Thai teenager into a boxing star. He is however a clear under-dog and not many are fancying him to pick up the upset against the Osakan star, who is now a 3-weight world champion.
Related- Kazuto Ioka continues a tradition as he looks to Stamp on Kiatniwat!
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