Earlier today we were informed that Thailand's popular, and well travelled, Terdsak Kokietgym (59-5-1, 39) [เทอดศักดิ์ สีซุปเปอร์เทคยิม] would be in action on March 11th.
The former multi-time world title challenger is set to face an Indonesian foe on the card in what will be his first bout of the year. Although the opponent is unclear we do know that Terdsak has to be favoured given his experience at the top level. The Thai may have 5 losses on his record but they have all come to very good fighters, in in the form of Joan Guzman, Juan Manuel Marquez, Steve Luevano, Takahiro Ao and Orlando Salido. Those bouts have seen Terdsak earn a small cult following internationally and although he's never won a world title he is a fighter who has shown he can mix in world class company without being embarrassed.
Although the details we have are sketchy we have been informed that the bout will take place in Laos and will be fighting for the WBC Asia Super Featherweight title.
Whilst the details are, as mentioned, scarce, we have been told that the show will be televised on Thai Channel 7 and the Star channel in Laos, with the Laos channel expected to air 3 hours of footage whilst the Thai channel will only being broadcasting two hours.
Other fights on the show will include a bout featuring 16 year old local star Nampetch Kwanjaisrikod (8-1, 3), who looks to continue her promising career.
We're glad to report that this Saturday's WBO interim Super Featherweight world title fight in Tijuana, Mexico, between Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33) and Orlando Salido (41-12-2-1, 28) will go ahead as planned after both men made weight.
Both men weighed in at exactly 130lbs on Friday ahead of their very exciting looking contest and both seemed ready to go in what could be a career defining fight for the winner.
For Salido it's a chance to claim a "world title" in a second division and take a huge step towards getting a rematch with former foe Mikey Garcia. As for Terdsak this could finally see him winning a world title havign come close in the past, notable in his bout with Takahiro Ao.
Although fighting in Mexico the officials are all from the US. The referee assigned to the bout is Eddie Claudio whilst the judges will John Madfis and the controversial due of Patricia Morse Jarman and Robert Hoyle.
For those who recognise the names of Jarman and Hoyle they have both had recent stinkers. Jarman scored the Adrien Broner/Carlos Molina bout 98-92 to Broner and also had Pungluang Sor Singyu ahead before being stopped by Tomoki Kameda. As for Hoyle he managed to give Mikey Bey 11 rounds against Miguel Vazquez.
Sadly though John Madfis is also a member of the "poor score club" having given Katsunari Takayama next to no credit for his effort against Francisco Rodrigiuez Jr, scoring that bout 119-108 for the Mexican.
Good luck Terdsak, you're really gonna need here, especially with those judges who know who know where they are this weekend.
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We have been reliably informed that Thailand's Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33) will be travelling to Mexico to face the always fun to watch Orlando Salido (41-12-2-1, 28) in a battle for the interim WBO Super Featherweight title in what is potentially a barn burner.
Salido will be well known to many fans around for his numerous high profile bouts against the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero, Cristobal Cruz, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez, Mikey Garcia, Orlando Cruz and, mostly recently, Vasyl Lomachenko however at 33, heading towards 34, he is a man who is perhaps on the slide in a notable way. For him it's possibly his last big opportunity.
Although equally as experienced Terdsak is less well known, in fact many in the west may recognise the name but not the fighter. He is however a man who has been on the world scene, on and off, for around a decade and only tasted defeat against world class opponents. The first man to beat him was Joan Guzman, way back in 2005. Since then only Juan Manuel Marquez, Steve Luevano and Takahiro Ao have beaten him and only Marquez has actually stopped him.
For Terdsak this will give him an opportunity to become a world champion at long last, especially considering that WBO "regular" champion Mikey Garcia has strongly hinted at moving to Lightweight in recent weeks, Aged 33 however he will also know that this is likely to be his last chance.
Although Salido is the better known fighter and is more proven at world level he does have some problems coming in to this fight. Firstly he has a lot of miles on the clock, secondly he's never really looked his usual self at 130lbs, which was the same weight that saw him go tooth-and-nail with Weng Haya, and thirdly he's been somewhat inactive recently with only his controversial win over Lomachenko coming this year.
For Terdsak this will be his third bout of the year and although highly experience he has fought numerous bouts at a lower level to stay busy, not adding the extra miles to the clock.
From what we understand this bout will be held on September 20th in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, the birth place of Salido. We wish Terdsak the best of luck though even we will accept that this is a huge ask for the Thai.
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