This past Sunday saw two hopeful Thai fighters make their journey from Thailand to Japan for bouts that are set to take place this coming Wednesday at the Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo.
Those fighters were top ranked IBF Super Bantamweight Mke Tawatchai (35-7-1, 21) and the relatively unknown Patomsith Pathompothong (12-3, 5), who traveled with manager Jimmy Chaichotchuang.
The fighters are in really big bouts considering where they are in their careers.
For Tawatchai his bout comes against the highly regarded Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11). The bout is an IBF world title eliminator with the winner set to face IBF world champion Carl Frampton later in the year. It's a huge ask for Tawatchai but with such a big reward up for grabs the bout may well get the most from the experienced Thai.
As for Patomsith he faces a returning Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19) who will be fighting for the first time since he was beaten in a world title fight by Guillermo Rigondeaux. On one hand Patomsith goes into this bout knowing that a win would get him some "drip down" attention for beating Amagasa though the Thai is going in as major under-dog.
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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