Some bouts genuinely leave us wondering what is going on in our great sport, and not in a good way. This Friday sees one such bout as unbeaten Thai Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (23-0, 17) defends his PABA Welterweight super title against a Mexican challenger.
The PABA, or Pan Asian Boxing Association, is, well, the Asian off shoot of the WBA. How a Mexican qualifies for a PABA title fight is genuinely a mystery though it seems that Fernando Castaneda (21-7, 14) is some how able to fight for an Asian title. Now idea how but that's what we have.
Teerachai, pictured, one of the most promising young Thai's in the sport, is a fighter who has been slowly climbing in to the world rankings on the back of credible, as opposed to great, victories. The 21 year old, who is incredibly strong, has already shown traits needed to become a future world champion. He has shown solid power, the ability to go 12 rounds, a hurtful jab and very solid skills that appear to be developing fight after fight.
Although relatively untested, with his best win to date coming against Behzod Nabiev, Teerachai is a fighter who is likely to be moved up this year as he attempts to make the most of his skills. Unfortunately however he kicks off his year with this fight against Castaneda.
Castaneda, who has been a professional since 2007, has had a relatively up and down career. The peak of it came in July 2011 when he defeated Fidel Monterrosa Munoz though just months later Castaneda was stopped by Johan Perez in an interim world title fight at Light Welterweight.
Since the loss to Perez things have been good on paper for Castaneda with 4 wins though they have all come at a very low and he did lose his most recent contest, being out pointed by unbeaten Colombian Janer Gonzalez.
Fighting in Asia for the first time it's hard to see Castaneda coming away with a positive result, even more so when you consider he's facing a hard hitting and well schooled fighter in Teerachai who will be looking to establish his heavy jab and hurtful straight right. When the Thai gets them going then it's hard to see Castaneda surviving the distance. The Mexican will likely start well though by the mid rounds will have slowed with Teerachai and the Thai conditions getting too much for the Mexican challenger, who has already been stopped 3 times, including two to much lower level fighters than Teerachai.
We're not sure how the PABA have sanctioned this one though we are sure that Teerachai will be successful.
Having canned the old "Full Schedule" of Asianboxing we have instead decided to concentrate more on the major bouts. This section, the "Preview" section will look at major bouts involving OPBF and national titles. Hopefully leading to a more informative style for, you the reader.