Last week we reported that Thai teenage prospect Thanongsak Simsri (9-0, 9) [ทนงศักดิ์ สิมศรี], aka "Srisaket II" would be fighting for the first time as a Green Tsuda fighter on the August 4th "Crash Boxing volume 18" show at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka city.
Today we saw news break from Thailand that his opponent for that bout will be Indonesian journeyman Melianus Mirin (10-5, 6).
On paper this looks like an easy 10th win for Simsri, especially if he's as good as he's being hyped by Thai fans, however there is a chance his perfect KO run could come to an end. Although Mirin has has been beat 5 times so far He hasn't yet been stopped, going the distance in defeats to the likes of Tiba Monabesa, Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart and Panya Pradabsri. That would mean a stoppage for Simsri would be very impressive, and a real statement, especially given how Satanmuanglek has recently fought for a world title.
Although the Thai teenage isn't well known in the west there is a growing buzz about him in Thailand, and with Green Tsuda behind him there is also a clear buzz in Japan about the talented, hard hitting and exciting youngster.
Earlier today in Osaka the Green Tsuda gym announced their next show, Crash Boxing volume 18. The show, set for August 4th at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, is a pretty stacked one with a couple of title fights, the next bout of a former Japanese champion and the next bout of a very highly regarded Thai prospect.
The main event of the card will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (22-8-4, 10) [奥本貴之] defending his title against Dynamic Kenji (11-3, 7) [木久健次] in a mouth watering clash. The champion, seeking his third defense, will be looking to build from close bouts against Hiroyuki Kudaka, Masayoshi Hashizume and Yuta Matsuo whilst Kenji will be getting his first title fight. Neither man looked great last time out, but they should put on an absolute thriller here in a bout that neither man can really afford to lose.
The other title bout on this card will see Toshiki Shimomachi (9-1-2, 5) [下町俊貴] battle against Kenta Nomura (6-2, 3) [野村健太] in an excellent match up for the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title. The winner of this will get their first title and it's a bout that we're expecting to be fantastic, with two under-rated youngsters meeting in a big bout for this stage in their career. Of course a Japanese Youth title doesn't always put you on the fast track, we would be surprised to not have the winner move towards a proper national title in the years to come.
In notable supporting bouts we'll see former Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] and former Japanese amateur standout Kazuki Tanaka (10-2, 7) [田中一樹]. Neither man has had their up coming opponents named yet, though both are in the rebuilding process, with Yada wanting to rebuild from his title loss and Tanaka looking to secure his second win since a defeat to Keita Kurihara.
Arguably the most interesting part of the undercard is the Green Tsudada debut of Thai teenager Thanongsak Simsri (9-0, 9), who is being referred to as "Srisaket II" in the Thai press. Simsri signed with Green Tsuda earlier this month and is tipped as something of a prodigy, so we're really looking forward to what he can do with a Japanese gym behind him. Sadly his opponent, for an 8 rounder, has also not yet been confirmed.
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