Over the years it's become harder and harder to care about what happens in Thailand. The mismatches have become even more regular than they were in the past and the notable and interesting bouts have become less and less common.
We've also seen fewer and fewer stay busy fights from world champions, giving even the poor shows something of a highlight.
Thankfully WP Boxing has been the series which has ignored the trend, doing their own thing and putting on some pretty interesting match ups, and we've even seen a decent upset or two.
Another good WP Boxing bout was announced recently, as local hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (5-0, 2) will be up against dangerous Indonesian Ari Agustian (8-0, 8) on December 21st, in a really good looking bout...though one with a big issue.
Apichet was thrown in deep from the moment he turned pro and so far his opponents have had a combined 164-16-1 record, an insane number though one clearly skewed by twice fighting Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo twice. Although he's not shined this year, struggling to beat Chonlatarn twice and putting in a less than inspired performance against Shota Suito, it's clear he is a talent and one of the men WP Boxing is being built around.
As for Agustian, he's a genuine Indonesian hopeful and not someone with just an inflated record. In his 8 bouts he has stopped Bido Siminjuntak, and Zun Rindam on the international stage and travelled to China to stop Baolin Kang. The one main issue for him will, however, be size, and he's a natural Featherweight, go up against a natural Lightweight.
If Agustian can carry his power up he could be a genuine test for Apichet. Regardless we do hope to see Agustian coming to win and asking real questions of the unbeaten Thai.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
In 2018 the Thai boxing scene got an amazing shot in the arm thanks to the WP Boxing series, which saw TV channel Workpoint bring a new level of quality stands to Thai boxing, filming things at the Workpoint Studio, Bang Phun and demanding quality.
Over the last few days the channel has announced that the series will be returning in 2018, starting with a show in March.
No details have been given in regards to who will be on the show from Workpoint themselves, though DEF Promotions have revealed that Hong Kong fighter Nibesh Ghale (3-1, 3) is set for the show.
It's worth noting that in 2018 we had 10 different WP Boxing shows, one a month from March to December, and we would actually expect similar this year, given the success of the shows in 2018.
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