It's fair to say that 2017 will be a year to forget for Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking (22-5, 15) [ตะวัน BTU เรือไวกิ้ง], AKA Komgrich Nantapech, who went 0-2 for the year, following losses to Donnie Nietes and Juan Carlos Reveco. He will be hoping for better success this coming year, and will begin his 2018 campaign in February with a recently announced IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight title bout against Japanese ranked Naoki Mochizuki (13-2, 8) [望月直樹], set to take place in Bangkok.
The Thai comes into the bout as a world ranked fighter, but will know that he can't afford a third successive. In his losses to Nietes and Reveco fans saw a tough and hungry Eaktwan continually trying to press the against both men, but just lacking the skills to match either of his conquerors. Interestingly the the Thai is 1-5 outside of Thailand, and 21-0 (15) at home, and will be obviously be looking to continue that good home form.
Mochizuki is is a real unknown outside of Japan, but at home he has been gaining some traction in his career, helped by a good 2016 win over Yusuke Sakashita and a very competitive bout with Ksieuke Nakayama in 2017, just before Nakayama claimed the OPBF Flyweight title. At 23 years old he is still developing physically, but he is a very credible opponent, and shout make for an interesting opponent for the Thai.
Other than this title bout little else has been revealed about this show, but this bout should be a very interesting one and a very action packed one.
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