The fights continue to come over the next few weeks, and whilst many of the bigger ones are getting the full preview treatment there are a few others which are worthy of some attention. This weeks "One to Watch" looks at one such bout, as a once beaten Chinese fighter looks to bounce back from defeat and faces off with a former world champion.
The one to Watch?
Wenfeng Ge (11-1, 6) v Kompayak Porpramook (60-7, 41)
This is a must win between two men who know one more loss right now will be the end of their hopes of landing a big fight. With both being in their 30's the fight really is a must win. It'll be great to see what one fighter does following his first loss, and seeing what the other guy has left in his tank. Given the styles of the two men this should also be a very entertaining fight and another Chinese bout worth tuning in to.
The once beaten Wenfeng Ge is a 32 year old who was, earlier this year, on the verge of a world title fight. Wins over Amnat Ruenroeng and Ivan Soriano seemed to have put Ge on the route to the top and his team came into the year looking to continue that impressive form against Giemel Magramo. Sadly for Ge he was unable to out box or impose himself against Magramo and in the end the Filipino beat up Ge over 10 rounds before a cut gave the referee a chance to stop Ge. In fairness the bout should probably have been stopped a bit earlier, but Ge's toughness refused to yield and he ended up taking a battering.
Thai veteran Kompayak Porpramook, also known as Suriyan Satorn, has been around since 2000 and at 37 is certainly an experienced warrior. He announced himself as a world class fighter in 2011, with a win over Adrian Hernandez in a sensational FOTY for the WBC Light Flyweight title, but that is the better part of a decade ago. His reign as a world champion was a short one, losing in his second defense, and would later have a reign as the WBA "interim" Flyweight champion, before losing that belt in a FOTY contender to Koki Eto. He's not the quickest, but he's rugged, throws a lot and is always there to fight. The ideal gatekeeper.
What to expect?
We expect to see a thriller here, with Kompayak trying to pressure and push Ge whilst Ge looks to box. If Kompayak can get the fight up close and personal, roughing up Ge, he has a great chance to take advantage of the cracks in Ge's confidence and remind him of the loss last time out. On the other hand if Ge can use his feet, create some space, and land at range, he could end up using Kompayak as a big of a punch bag. Our guess is that we'll see something in between those scenarios. We suspect that Kompayak will be getting close enough to force a fight in the middle rounds, but Ge taking the early rounds and the later ones, in a very close and exciting bout.
The bad news?
Both are old and they could age over night with their age catching up with them. Kompayak has been in a lot of wars and it would be no surprise to those wars showing here in what is his 69th professional bout. This could end up being less entertaining than expected, though we'd be surprised if it ended up being "dull".
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.