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.
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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