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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Later today we'll see unbeaten Thai Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (38-0, 28) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] battle against Lucas Martin Matthysse (38-4-0-1, 35) for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title. Yesterday the two men took part in their wiegh in for the contest, and both fighters made weight.
The highly experienced Matthysse, who has been in and around the world title scene for years, was bang on 147lbs an looked in good shape on the scales. He wasn't ripped or amazingly muscled but he looked powerful and like a fighter who wasn't draining his body to make the Welterweight limit.
The Thai on the other hand was notably lighter, coming in at around 146.4lbs. He looked more drained than Matthysse, yet still looked the naturally bigger fighter, and it seems like he is going to fill out his frame by fight time and rehydrate up quite a bit. Although looking slim around the mid-section he looked good in the face. Interesting he did show some tension at the weigh in, and that could cost him if he goes into the fight with too much nervous energy or too much tension in his body.
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On January 27th we'll see unbeaten Thai Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (38-0, 28) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] battle with Argentinain fighter Lucas Martin Matthysse (38-4-0-1, 35) for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title.
Now, just over a week away from that fight, the odds are clearly in favour of the Argentinian, who is much more well known in the west than the Thai.
The odds makers currently have currently have Matthysse best priced at 3/19, with others having him as low as 1/20. Given how heavy handed he is, and how proven he is there is no doubting that Matthysse should be the favourite, but we can't imagine many backing him at those odds.
Teerachai on the other hand is best priced at at 13/2 to win,an attractive price given what countryman Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] did last year, when he twice beat Roman Gonzalez.
The bout is currently priced at 33/1 for the draw.
By fight night we expect the odds to have changed some what, but the early indicators are that Teerachia will remain the clear under-dog.
Later this month we'll see unbeaten Thai boxer Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (38-0, 28) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] face off with heavy handed Argentinain fighter Lucas Martin Matthysse (38-4-0-1, 35) for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title.
Today Teerachai set off from Thailand for the fight, getting a plane from his homeland as he begins his journey to California.
The Thai, who is a relative unknown outside of his homeland, will be fighting for the first time outside of Asia and it seems clear that he and his team are planning to have a lot of time to adjust. It's a tactic that allows Teerachai to get rid of any jetlag, adapt to the weather, food and culture as well as any other changes he needs to make with out the need to rush preparations.
The fighter flew out from Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of two Airports from Bangkok, and looked relaxed along with his team for a bout that could well be a career mamking one, and could take him from being an unknown to being a world champion in one of the sports most significant divisions.
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