It feels like Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (38-0, 28) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] has spent the last 2 years hovering on the verge of a world title fight, thanks a very lofty WBA Welterweight ranking and a long term reign as the PABA champion. Although relatively unknown outside of Thailand he has had a career that is almost 10 years long and he has already been in more than 30 title bouts, though sadly he is yet to make any mark outside of the Asian continental scene.
It now appears that Teerachai is finally set to get a shot at some "world" gold as the WBA have recieved a request from Golden Boy Promotions to have the Thai in the opposite corner to their man Lucas Martin Matthysse (38-4-0-1, 35) in a bout for the WBA "regular" title, which has been given up by Lamont Peterson ahead of his bout with Errol Spence.
Golden Boy have made the point that the "Super" champion Keith Thurman has been inactive, and is likely to have an easy bout when he next fights, whilst Peterson has vacated the regular title, essentially leaving the title picture for WBA as dormant. Unsurprisingly Teerachai's promoter is also on board with the idea of the bout, despite it being a massive step up in class for the Thai, given they have had such a long wait and seen their man being over-looked numerous times, whilst people like like Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo and a long past his prime Shane Mosley have been getting shots.
At the moment it's unclear when the bout would take place, but it's likely to be early 2018 and will almost certainly take place in the US. It will be Teerachai's biggest bout by far, and his first outside of Asia. As for Matthysse, who has fought only once in the last 24 months, it will be only his second bout as a fully fledged Welterweight, having stopped Emmanuel Taylor this past May in a minor title bout.
With both Golden Boy and Galaxy pushing for the bout it's likely the WBA with order it in the coming days.
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