For many in the west Thai Terdsak Kokietgym (51-4-1, 33) is best known for his first name. Unfortunately for him many fans don't seem to realise that he's actually a genuinely talented fighter who has been in and around the world stage for the better part of a decade.
Having fallen short in world bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez, Steve Luevano and Takahiro Ao some may feel that Terdsak will never win a world title. The Thai however appears confident that he will get another chance somewhere down the line. Though of course that does depend on his future results.
This coming Friday sees Terdsak returning to the ring for his first fight of 2014 as he defends his PABA Super Featherweight title against Filipino southpaw Mark Sales (20-35-3, 6).
Unlike the Thai champion Sales is much less well known. He doesn't have the humorous name or the world level experience though he is certainly an experienced fighter with 58 bouts and 432 rounds on his ledger. Unfortunately for Sales he also doesn't have the world level skills, despite being a man who has shared the ring with numerous high level fighters.
In a career dating back to 1997 Sales has shared the ring with genuinely talented fighters including Pongsaklek Wongkam, Fahlan Sakkreerin, Nonito Donaire, Sod Kokietgym, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Ji-Hoon Kim. All of whom have either won or challenged for a world title.
Whilst Sales having lost to pretty much every notable name he's fought, other than Bernabe Concepcion, it's fair to suggest that he hasn't really got the talent to push Terdsak all that hard. Though what Sales certainly does have is toughness. In his 58 fight career Sales has been stopped just 4 times, the most recent of which came back in 2004 against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo. With this in mind we think he could give Terdsak some decent rounds, though it's hard to see anything but a Terdsak victory.
Ranked #11 by the WBA Terdsak will know that he could get one more world title fight somewhere down the line, though at 32 years old he hasn't got long to earn it and will know that a loss to Sales will see his world title dreams over, with that in mind he'll have his game face on and get the job done here. He'll use his skills and power to slowly grind down the tough Filipino and either take a clear decision or a late stoppage as he looks for his 6th straight victory since losing to Ao back in 2012.
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