Although not many international fans will be aware of unbeaten teenager Thanongsak Simsri (13-0, 11) he has been receiving a lot of attention in Asia, with his Thai team working with Green Tsuda in Japan to develop him.
The youngster began his career with 11 stoppages, and earned the moniker "Srisaket II", but was fighting at a low level. That was until today, when he stepped up and rose to the challenge, by beating world ranked Filipino Christian Bacolod (12-1, 9) in a hotly contested 8 round bout at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The bout was a competitive contest from the off, with both men looking to fight behind their jabs early on, looking to establish their tempo. Bacolod seemed to do more of the eye catching work early on, but was taking the heavier single shots, particularly to the body.
As the bout wore on those heavy body shots proved vital, with Bacolod slowing down, throwing less and taking fewer risks. He wasn't out classed, but the heavy hands of the Thai were taking their toll on him and catching the eye more than the jabs of the Filipino visitor.
As we went into the later stages neither man seemed confident whether they were in the lead or not, so both stood their ground more, however it was Bacolod looking to back off more and it was the Thai youngster who pressed more, trying to make the most of his physical strength and power. In the end that proved to be vital, with Simsri doing just enough to take the win, with scores of 77-76 and 77-75, twice.
At 19 years old this is a huge win for Simsri, who moves a step towards a really big fight. It's clear he needs more seasoning, but this bout will have done him the world of good and we suspect his team will target some form of a regional title in the near year. As for Bacolod the loss is a notable set back, but he showed his skills and ability, and should not be written off here. He was competitive through out and if he keeps his hunger he will find himself back in the mix sooner rather than later.
We've known for a while the Green Tsuda would be putting on the next show in their Crash Boxing series on December 8th, at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The focus of that card is a title triple header, involving one Japanese title fight, one WBO Asia Pacific title fight and one Japanese Youth title fight, though there are several other fights of note on the card. One of those is a clash between unbeaten hopefuls, as they both look to position themselves for big fights in 2020.
The bout in question will see unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), from Thailand, take on world ranked Filipino Christian Bacolod (12-0, 9) at Light Flyweight.
The unbeaten Simsri has been dubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press due to his power and aggression, and the fact he is also from Si Sa Ket in Thailand. His ability has caught the eye of Green Tsuda, who currently help guide his career. He began his professional career with 11 straight stoppage wins before being taken the 6 round distance last time out by the tough Lerdchai Chaiyawed back in October, in what was his 7th bout of 2019.
The 25 year old Bacolod is already ranked #11 in the world by the IBF and although he's not looked unbeatable he has been impressive, though has only fought on the domestic Filipino scene. This is not only his first bout outside of the Philippines but also his first against a non-Filipino opponent. Despite his competition so far he has looked good and is a clear step up in class for Simsri, though is also taking on his biggest test to date.
At the moment it's unclear how this show will be made public, but given the quality on it we wouldn't be surprised by either Boxing Raise or Asign getting behind it and sharing what is a very interesting show.
Today has been a hectic day already in Asian boxing, with shows in the Philippines, Thailand and Kazakhstan all worthy not note. For it was the Thai card that seemed to be the most surprising as a number of notable names were added to it at short notice. Given the short notice none of them were really tested, but there was a few results worthy of note, mostly by fighters looking to bounce back from losses.
The most interesting of the results from the card regarded unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), who was fighting for the 7th time this year. The 19 year old went into the ring having stopped everyone he had faced, but that run came to an end today thanks to the under-rated Lerdchai Chaiyawed (2-4, 1) who survived the 6 round distance. The hard hitting Thanongsak took a comfortable decision but couldn't see off Lerdchai, who has gone the distance with the likes of Ryoki Hirai, Seita Ogido and the hotly tipped Issei Ochiai and holds a vert good win over Samartlek Kokietgym.
Aged 24 we do wonder what Lerdchai could accomplish if a good trainer gets behind him. He's naturally talented, but needs someone to help develop that of his. Whilst it's a shame to see "Srisaket II" go the distance the bout will serve Thanongsak well in terms of his development, and this was clearly a bout where he will have learned a lot about himself.
The most well known fighter on the under-card was former world title challenger Teeraphong Utaida (39-7-1, 21), aka Fahlan Sakkreerin, Jr, who was fighting for the first time since a loss in the Philippines to Jayson Mama in March. He went the 4 round scheduled with Nirun Baonok (5-18, 4), aka Rungniran Korat Sport School, in what is a very disappointing result. Niron has lost 7 in a row now, and was stopped in 3 of hose 7 bouts, so to see him hear the final bell against Fahlan is disappointing.
Thankfully Thanongsak wasn't the only prospect on the card picking up a win, as 28 year old Aran Dipaen (7-2, 6) bounced back from his September loss to Tommy Frank in the UK by stopping Wisitsak Saiwaew (6-9, 5) in the opening round. This isn't an amazing win on paper, but Dipaen did stop Wisitsak quicker than Sho Kimura and Songsaeng Phoyaem. Dipaen is expected to now fight for a regional title in November after getting the confidence building, bounce back win here.
Veteran Komsan Polsan (39-11-1, 25), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, was previously seen in the ring being stopped in 2 rounds by Takeshi Inoue and he today bounced by beating the debuting Witaya Dechkrong (0-1) in 2 rounds, in what was a bit of a farce.
Another fighting rebuilding after a loss was Sitthidet Banti (12-5, 6), aka Denchana Sakkreerin, bounced back from a loss in Japan to Takuma Takahashi by stopping novice Decha Takote (0-3) in the second round. Last time out, just back in August, Sitthidet suffered his first stoppage loss and this was clearly made a confidence builder against a teenager who has been taken out early in all 3 losses now.
Today has been a hectic day for fight fans across Asia with a whole host of shows taking place across the continent. Those weren't all huge, but they featured at least one bout of some note.
The main event of this card saw talented Filipino Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) dominate former Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu Onesong (53-7, 35). Magsayo never managed to hurt Pungluang, who is a tough old rugged lump, but thoroughly dominated him and landed some highlight reel combinations in the later stages. The win saw Magsayo claim the WBC Asian Boxin Council Featherweight title, and it's now time he got a big fight. As for Pungluang it's clear he's still a serviceable fighter at regional level, but this was a 4th loss in 5 for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
In a hotly contested bout for the GAB Bantamweight title Giovanni Escaner (20-4, 12) narrowly over-came Renoel Pael (23-10-1, 12), with a 12 round split decision. On paper this didn't look like it'd be competitive, but the styles gelled well and in the end their was very little to split the men.
In a Featherweight bout Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9) impressively destroyed Alan Alberca (11-4, 6) in 4 rounds. Vitor's power was on show through out the bout and he really did look like a brutally spiteful puncher through out. Alberca gave a good effort but was no match for Vitor and his power.
Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1, 11) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Asia Middleweight titles, as he took a clear decision win over Japan's Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11). This was a 6th straight win for Yilixiati, following his 2017 loss to Jayde Mitchell whilst Maruki has now lost 3 of his last 4.
The main event here saw the talented Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) pull himself off the canvas to take a decision over Filipino Richard Rosales (14-10-2, 8). The 23 year old Sabu has got potential and time on his side, but he also has a lot of areas to work on. Sadly for Rosales he is now 2-6 in his last 8, dating back 2 years.
Unbeaten Indonesian Lightweight Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) extended his winning run as he took a 6 round decision over veteran Isack Junior (26-12-3, 9). The powerfully built Marapu has shown promise, but at 30 years old it's now or never for that promise and we would be hugely disappointed if he fails to secure a big bout in 2020.
Bang Phli, Thailand
Hard hitting Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (11-0, 11) extended KO streak, and claimed his first title, as he stopped Nattee Thongsingcle (2-2, 2) in 3 rounds to claim the Thai Light Flyweight title. The 20 year old Thanongsak has been drubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and whilst that is a big tag to live up to, he has now racked up 11 wins in just over 14 months.
On the same card veteran Mike Tawatchai (47-13-2, 30) scored a 3rd round KO win over 16 year old novice Keerati Rueangdet (0-2).
Macao S.A.R., China
Exciting young hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (7-0, 4) shone in front of local fans as he took a dominant decision win over ShanTuo Lu (2-4). The 22 year old Cheong Cheong shut out Lu over 6 rounds, to take his second decision win of the year, following a wide decision win over Muhammad Wahid in May. Lu, who has still never been stopped, never looked competitive but did serve as good foil for the youngster to shine against.
Former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-5-2, 9) came up short in a bout against the unbeaten Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15). The match up, for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, was a clear win for Jarvis, who had too much of everything for Saulong who has now won just 1 of his last 5.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw unbeaten Thai puncher Thanongsak Simsri (10-0, 10) [ทนงศักดิ์ สิมศรี], aka "Srisaket II", make his Green Tsuda debut, and do so in impressive fashion as he stopped Indonesian journeyman Mektison Marganti (12-12-1, 6) in 3 rounds.
The 19 year old Thai, who debuted in June 2018, was originally pencilled in to fight the tough, but limited, Melianus Mirin (10-5, 6). That was changed at short notice, when Mirin was replaced by Marganti. On paper Marganti was less testing than Mirin, but was still expected to take Simsri rounds, given he had gone 8 with Riku Kano last time out.
From the early moments Simsri brought the pressure and although the Indonesian fighter showed some toughness it was clear he was under pressure from the Thai youngster who managed to get his break through mid-way through round 3 and dropped Marganti for the 10 count with a body shot.
Whilst this was the third time Marganti had been stopped it was, the quickest defeat of his career. As mentioned Riku Kano stopped him in 8 rounds, back in May, whilst George Lumoly stopped him in 4 rounds back in 2015. As for Simsri he continues his perfect T/KO run here and it's likely that Green Tsuda will match him with a more testing opponent next time out as they look to develop the Thai youngster.
Another fighter picking up a win against Indonesian on this card was the once touted Kazuki Tanaka (11-2, 8) [田中一樹], who took out Boby Runsumbre (3-2-1, 2) in the second round of their bout. Tanaka had turned professional with big expectations on his shoulders, and despite some sets backs is still a solid fighter, with nasty power. That power was on show here as he dropped Runsumbre with a body shot for the 10 count.
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