According to sources in Thailand talks have began for WBA #2 ranked Flyweight Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, to get a world title shot at at Azeri born Ukrainian Artem Dalakian (17-0, 12).
At the moment it's unclear when the bout could take place, but the Thai's team are said to be wanting to be the next challenge for Dalakian, who was last seen stopping Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] earlier this year.
The Thai, who is ranked #2 by the WBA at the moment, was in action earlier this month, stopping Crison Omayao, in what was his 20th straight win and his 11th by stoppage. It seemed clear that that bout was to keep him busy and now with talk of his team pursuing Dalakian it's easy to see why.
From Dalakian's point of view the bout would be an easy to make one, one he could get and home and one he would be strongly favoured to win. Sadly though a win over Dennapa would do little to really enhance his reputation.
We suspect we'll hear more about this contest in the weeks to come, and could well see the contest taking place before the end of the year, if not very early in 2019, if Dalakian can't secure a bout with a big name foe.
(Image courtesy Union Boxing Promotion)
This coming weekend fans will be able to see Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (50-3, 35) [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] challenge WBA Flyweight champion Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11), in what will be Dalakian's first defense of the title he won back on February 24th when he defeated Brian Viloria.
The bout is set to take plac in Ukraine but fear not Thai fans as Yodmongkol's team have secured the ability to show the fight in the Island of Smiles, with the always reliable Channel 7 showing the bout live. Sadly this have it's draw back, but it's far better than not behing shown at all.
The bout will be aired live at around 01:30 and will be there for all night owls from Thailand to watch, sadly though those fans with a more normal sleep pattern may be better off recording the contest and watching it on a delay basis.
Whilst we're talking aboiut the bout it's worth noting that the Thai left for Ukraine this past weekend. When he left he still had a bit of weight to lose to make the 112lb limit, but isn't expected to have any issues losing the extra pounds to take on the Azeri born Ukrainian.
As for Dalakian the bout isn't just a mandatory defense but also a home defense and a chance for him to shine in his homeland. The bout will, of course, be televised in Ukraine and will give the unbeaten man a brilliant chance to build his profile, and become of the major faces of Ukrainian boxings, alongside Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk.
Yodmongkol challenges unbeaten Dalakian for WBA belt
This coming weekend fight fans in Japan will be able to see Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] face off with Thai legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47) [พงษ์ศักดิ์เล็ก วันจงคำ] in a special 8 round exhibition style bout at the Korakuen Hall.
Despite the bout not being an official on, and not counting on either man's record, it is being taken very seriously by the two men, and today Wonjoingkam took part in a public work out for the media.
At today's event he spoke confidentally, stating he would win and seemed very relaxed and calm.
It's been revealed that to prepare for this bout with Kameda the Thai has been sparring with Petch Sor Chitpattana (46-0, 31) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (50-3, 35) [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and has sparred 50 rounds with the two men. Although he admits he's not the fighter he once was, he claims to be 70-80% of what he was in his pomp.
At today's training session Wonjongkam didn't work too hard, but seemed very relaxed and hasn't gone over to Tokyo to just pick up a pay cheque. Instead he's got into really good condition and is just 1KG over the limit at the moment. Not only that but his team seemed to feel like he has got better movement than expected and they seemed like they wre expecting a victory this coming Saturday.
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Back in February we saw Azeri born Ukrainian Flyweight Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11) claim the WBA Flyweight title, as he out pointed Brian Viloria in the US. Soon after that win the WBA ordered Dalakian to begin negotiations with mandatory challenger Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (50-3, 35) [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] of Thailand, himself a former WBA "interim" champion.
Over the last 48 hours or so Dalakian's promoter, Union Boxing, have announced that there is a done deal for the bout.
The bout will take place in Kiev on June 17th and will, according to a press release from the promoterm be held outdoors at the Parkovy Convention Centre, which has a Heliport whre the bout is set to be held.
For Dalakian the bout will serve as his first defense, and will see him look to build on the win over Viloria. Although he looked good in that win there was also a case to be made of Viloria looking old and this bout will be Dalakian's first against a prime contender, and only his third bout against a really notable name with Viloria and Silvio Olteanu being the previous two.
The 27 year old Yodmongkol, also known as Sirichai Thaiyen, claimed the interim title in 2013 with a 12th round TKO win against Koki Eto and would defend that title once, beating Takuya Kogawa. Sadly though he would come up short against Juan Carlos Reveco in 2014, in a bout for the WBA "regular" title, with Reveco stopping him in 5 rounds. Since that loss Yodmongkol has gone 16-0 (15), but has only faced limited opposition, and this will be his first a big step up since the loss to Reveco.
A press conference for this bout will be arranged shortly featuring Dalakian and his promotional team.
(Image courtesy of http://union-boxing.com/ru/)
The past few days have been rather busy in the world of Asian boxing and some stories have been over-looked. One of those broke on February 28th as the WBA announced that they had ordered their Flyweight champion Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11) to begin negotiations with their mandatory title challenger Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (49-3, 34) [ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who was ranked #3 at the time of the order, on February 26th, but moved to #1 when the rankings were updated, on the 28th.
The camps have 30 days from February 26th to reach an agreement before purse bids will be called, and have been given 120 days from February 26th to hold the contest.
Azeri born Ukrainian based champion Dalakian won the title on February 24th, when he defeated Filipino-American Brian Viloria on "Superfly 2". He schooled Viloria by using his reach, speed and timing to out point the aged Viloria, who seemed off the pace through out the bout, and took a clear decision to announce himself to the boxing world. As that was a vacant title fight he won he has to make his first defense against a mandatory challenger, which is where Yodmongkol comes in.
The Thai has been chasing a world title fight for a few years now, pretty much since losing to Juan Carlos Reveco back in 2014 in a bout that saw both men being dropped. Since that loss the Thai has gone 15-0 (14), but only faced limited quality opposition whilst running up those wins at home in Thailand. His record is lacking over all but he does hold notable wins over Koki Eto and Takuya Kogawa, showing that he belongs to mix at world level.
We expect to see the teams for this bout agree a deal in the coming weeks and the bout could be staged as early as the summer, and it should be a very exciting contest.
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