Earlier today in Thailand fight fans had a couple of notable bouts to tune into on a Galaxy Promotion card. They weren't big bouts, but they were certainly notable contests.
The lesser of the two bouts saw novice professional Theeraphan Polsongkarm (2-0, 1) impressively defeating former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-13-1, 19) in a bout for the WBA Asia South Bantamweight title. This was a massive step up in class for Theeraphan, who debuted in March against Suor Carryboy, that didn't seem to phase the youngster who let Inthanon come to him and countered brilliantly early on.
As the bout went on Theeraphan began to turn the tables more, coming forward more and backing up the veteran and then sending him down to the canvas in round 7 following a brutal combination. Inthanon was concious but was a beaten man, and took the 10 count.
It should be noted that Theeraphan was listed on Thai TV as being 11-0 (8) entering the bout, and was referred to as Oscar Master Toddy Gym.
The other notable bout on this card saw former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (42-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, easily retain his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Filipino foe Junjesie Ibgos (13-5, 11).
The Thai looked the boss through out and sent Ibgos down with a left hook to the body mid way through 2. Ibgos got back to his feet but was sent down a second time, taking the full count on this occasion.
The hope in Thailand is for Teerachai to land a big fight in the near future, but this really won't have prepared him for anyone of note, sadly.
This coming Saturday is a truly hectic day for fight fans in Asia, with notable cards in Japan, Philippines and Thailand.
The headline bout from Thailand will see former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 30) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, defending his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Filipino foe Junjesie Ibgos (13-4, 11).
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales Teerachai was 154lbs whilst Ibgos was slightly lighter, scaling 152lbs.
The chief support bout for this card will see Theeraphan Polsongkarm (1-0) take on former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-12-1, 19). These two also made weight for their contest, which will take place at Bantamweight.
For fans wanting to watch this card it will be televised on Thai channel 31 from 15:15 local time.
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Earlier today in Thailand fans had the chance to see former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 30) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, score his latest win, as he stopped Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (25-15-1, 13) in the 12th round.
The talented Thai, who is best kn own for losing to Lucas Matthysse in the US, dominated the bout from start to finish. Although in control he struggled to really hurt Shauri until late, then jumped on his man and forced the referee to stop the contest in the final round.
After the bout it was confirmed that Teerachai's team were indeed chasing a bout with Mexican veteran Humberto Soto (69-10-2-1, 37), and a sizable offer. The hope is to get Soto to fight in the Thailand to help launch Teerachai towards a second world title bout. It's unclear how much they will look to break the bank to secure the bout but the Thai's team have been speaking about the contest recently and after today's win they will now be looking to make Soto an offer.
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According to several reputable Thai websites Thai fighter Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (40-1, 29) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, will be looking to secure a fight with Mexican veteran Humberto Soto (69-10-2-1, 37) later in the year.
The sources state that if Teerachai wins his upcoming bout with Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (25-14-1, 13), on May 9th, there will be a considerable offer given to lure Soto over to Thailand to face Teerachai in an attempt to boost the Thai's world ranking.
Although the offer is thought to be considerable, it's also noted that Soto would be cheaper than other former world champions currently in, or around, the 154lb rankings, and that he would also be the biggest name that Teerachai's team could lure over to Thailand.
Teerachai's promoter revealed spoke to the press and revealed "I watched Humberto punch with Jesse Vargas on the Srisaket defense, and I felt that Teerachai was able to contend with this former world champion. And I want to send Teerachai to the World Championship next year To make the plan to push Teerachaito meet the target I need to find a match with a degree to fight with Teerachai, which I think Humberto Soto is most suitable for Teerachai. Now I have ordered my son. Prepare to coordinate with the team of Mexican nationals. To negotiate the cost If not too expensive I will definitely pull the punch in Thailand"
It is unclear when the bout would be targeted for, though it would seem almost certain that they would be looking at a fall or winter date for the bout.
Thai Welterweight Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (40-1, 29) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, was pencilled in to fight later this week. It's now been revealed that his bout has been rearranged to May 9th due to illness, with the fight suffering high temperatures and flu like symptoms.
Teerachai, best known for his loss to Lucas Matthysse in a WBA "regular" Welterweight title fight, was looking to secure a third straight win and make his latest defense of the WBA Asia Light Middleweight title.
Although the bout has been pushed back back a few weeks all the other details appear to be the same as they had originally planned to be.
The Thai will be up against Tanzania's Ramadhani Shauri (25-14-1, 13) with the bout being held at the Bangkok Thonburi University, and will be televised on Channel 28SD starting at 14:25 local time. A win here could help Teerachai move into the WBA's world rankings in the packed Light Middleweight division, though in reality it's hard to see him competing with any legitimate top 10 fight in the division, given how deep the talent is there. Hopefully though it will lead to a more interesting match up later in the year and clashes against the likes of Jung Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3) [이중경], Akinori Watanabe (37-7-1, 31) [渡部あきのり] or Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) [井上 岳志] would be huge on the domestic scene.
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