We're happy to report that WBA #3 ranked contender Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (52-2, 34) will be getting a long over-due world title fight, and he'll be getting it on one of the biggest stages of all.
The 30 year old Thai veteran who has been a professional since 2003 has been confirmed to be the opponent of former IBF champion Jamie McDonnell (23-2-1, 10) in a battle for the vacant WBA Bantamweight belt. Not only that but the fight will take place in the world famous Wembley Stadium in the UK on May 31st as part of the Carl Froch/George Groves II under card.
The bout, pitting the #3 and #4 ranked WBA fighters against each other, is a great match up.
Whilst it's a great fight we do, sadly, favour McDonnell to get the job done, despite the fact Tabtimdaeng is unbeaten in 18 fights dating back to a shock loss to Roli Gasca back in 2010. Since that loss Tabtimdaeng has become a 2-time PABA champion and been in the rankings for quite a while though has unfortunately never fought outside of Thailand before.
With McDonnell's grinding and hard working style we sadly can't envision Tabtimdaeng surviving the 12 rounds so the Thai will need to try and hurt McDonnell early, something much easier said than done.
For those wanting to watch the bout it has been confirmed for Sky Box Office and will be part of the Froch/Grove PPV show. We're also assuming that Thai TV will pick it up as well.
(Image courtesy of the PABA and Boxrec.com)
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