Earlier today the once beaten Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (40-1, 29) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, over-came Tanzania's Meshack Mwankemwa (17-6-2, 10) to make his first defense of the WBA Asia Light Middleweight title.
The Thai took control early on, landing his stiff jab at will to keep his man at bay. Despite looking the longer, leaner fighter Mwankemwa was struggling to get his shots off with any success, often slapping and being forced to eat the cleaner shots.
As the bout went on Teerachai would gradually amp up the pressure, mixing body shots and combinations into things and just having his way with the over-matched visitor. To his credit however Mwankemwa showed no signs of quit, even after being dropped and having his face swollen, and managed to see out the 12 rounds.
Whilst few could fault Mwankemwa's bravery, he was never really in the bout, and the score cards reflected this with scores of 120-106, twice, and 118-108, all in favour of Teerachai, who will be looking to get bigger bouts later this year.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand will be able to see Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (39-1, 29) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, battle against Tanzania's Meshack Mwankemwa (17-5-2, 10), in what will be Teerachai's first defense of the WBA Asia Light Middleweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men came in at 154lbs at the weigh, with both men also passing their medical test with no issues.
It's worth noting that Teerachai will be fighting for just the second time since losing to Lucas Matthysse in January 2018, and will be looking to use the WBA Asia title to climb into the WBA world rankings and heading towards a second world title fight. For Mwankemwa this will be his 5th fight outside of Tanzania, and he is still seeking his first international win.
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According to sources in Thailand we'll be seeing both Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, and Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (39-1, 29) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, returning to the ring on January 18th in bouts in Thailand, as both men look to kick off big 2019's.
The 27 year old Dennapa is currently ranked #1 by the WBA at Flyweight and is expected to get a mandatory title shot at current champion champion Artem Dalakian (18-0, 13) in the new year, having been over-looked for Dalakian's defense in December. His opponent for the January bout is set to be Mateo Handig (15-17, 9), in what is planned to be a tune up for the Thai, but the pressure will be on to win, avoid injury and continue to pressure the champion with the #1 ranking.
Handig is best known for for a freak 2012 win over Katsunari Takayama but has since gone 2-12, picking up a string of losses on the road to recognisable Thai's, and it seems that's likely to happen again here.
As for Teerachai he's looking to make his mark at 154lbs and will be defending his regional title, a lightly regarded WBA trinket, whilst trying to climb up the world rankings towards a big international bout. It should be noted that this will only be his second contest since losing to Lucas Mathysse in January 2018, however the plan is certainly for more activity from him this year as he looks to plant himself firmly in the mix at Light Middleweight.
Teerachai's opponent will be Tanzania's Meshack Mwankemwa (17-5-2, 10), who has lost 3 of his last 4. Like many fighters from Tanzania Mwankemwa is very much a fighter who struggles when away from home and is 0-4 outside of his homeland
Earlier today Thai fighter Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (39-1, 29) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] returned to the ring, for the first time since his loss to Argentinian puncher Lucas Martin Matthysse. In the opposite corner to the Thai was Tanzania's Manyi Issa (11-2-2, 8)
The Thai boxed well behind his jab, backing up the visitor at will. A small push on Issa's head in round 2 seemed to upset him more than expected and from then on he seemed to go into survival mode, throwing little more than a stay away jab and moving a lot.
Despite Issa offering little Teerachai seemed to take his time to get going. He did however manage to change gears midway through round 3, when Issa got caught on the ropes and was forced to eat some heavy shots, which almost instantly took a toll on the visitor and seemed to momentarily buckle his legs. In round 4 Teerachai went for the kill and hurt his man early before sending him to the canvas, in what was a very messy knockdown. Issa got back up but Teeracchai refused to let him off the hook, eventually forcing the referee to save the man from Tanzania, who's legs looked to have completely betrayed him prior to the finish.
Given the lack of quality and size Issa brought to the ring this win really doesn't mean much for Teerachai, though he will clearly be glad to have a win on his record following the loss to Matthysse earlier this year.
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Back in January we saw Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (38-1, 28) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] suffer his first professional loss, being stopped by Argentinian puncher Lucas Martin Matthysse in a bout for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title.
Since that loss Teerachai hasn't fought and it's been unclear what his future in the sport may bring.
Thankfully today we've seen news about his future, and that he is now set to return to the ring on October 19th in a bout at Light Middleweight. Not only do we know that he's going to return but also who he will be fighting, with his team naming Tanzania's Manyi Issa (11-1-2, 8) as his upcoming opponent.
The Thai, who won his first 38 bouts, will be looking to put on an impressive showing here and won't really be expected to break a sweat, with Issa being a blown up fighter who has fought mostly at Lightweight. Saying that however the Thai knows he cannot afford another set back after the way he seemed to capitulate against Matthysse after showing some good boxing skills early on against the heavy handed "La Machina".
This bout will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with the broadcast having a tiem slot that starts at 13:45 and will end at 15:45.
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