When we see fights fall apart we rarely get anything exciting to replace them. As British fans know all too well, when a fight falls apart we tend to get Mr TBA stepping in. For Thai fans however it seems they've gotten very lucky and whilst Moruti Mthalane pulled out of a fight with Amnat Ruenroeng they won't have any real complaints with the fact Amnat will now be facing the world ranked, and current OPBF champion, Rocky Fuentes.
We'll admit we were disappointed when Mthalane decided to vacate his title instead of fighting Amnat but we have no issues at all with this bout which looks brilliant on paper and finally gives Fuentes his long awaited world title fight. Folks this is a "replacement" bout that is every bit as interesting as the original contest that Amnat was supposed to be in.
For Fuentes not only is it his first world title bout, but one he'll be ready for having been in training for a fight anyway. This is partially what makes the bout so great, both men were ready for big tests and both men will have to put disappointment behind them in an attempt to claim an IBF world title.
In regards to the poster, which was put together very quickly, it seems to be just a quick edit of the Amnat/Mthalane poster. That'd not a bad thing however with the poster having all the details on it that we need. The date, the channel and the fighters. What we will say however is credit to all those involved, the fighters, the promoters and the IBF. Well done guys!
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.