It's fair to say that 2015 has been incredibly slow to get going. We have had shows and fights but so far it's been a bit stop-start with the only notable bout for Asian fights in January being the OPBF Super Featherweight title bout between Jomthong Chuwatana and Daiki Kaneko. Thankfully however things are set to change, in a big way, throughout a very exciting looking February.
Technically the month started a few days ago however really begins today with the first world title bout of the month and several youth title fights as things get underway in impressive fashion.
In the main event fans will see WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12) defending his belt for the first time as he goes up against the little known Jeffrey Galero (11-0, 5). Last time out we saw Wanheng over-come Oswaldo Novoa to win the title and prove he could step up to fight at world level, this time around the shoe is on the other foot and it's Galero looking to prove he belongs at this level. For Galero it's a huge opportunity however it's hard to see him over-coming the more experienced and proven Menayothin here.
Notably the winner of the Menayothin/Galero bout is expected to be made a seriously big financial offer to travel to Japan and defend the belt against Kosei Tanaka in April. That incentive could well be enough for both men to really go out and make a statement here.
In one of two supporting titles bouts fans will see the much touted Kongputorn CPFreshmart (5-0, 3)* defending his WBC Youth Flyweight title against Chinese visitor Zhang Fang Yon (0-1). We like Kongputorn, a lot, and suspect he'll make a good impression again here as he continues his rise through the boxing ranks. It may seem early to say this but we suspect Kongputorn will be a world champion somewhere down the line.
The other supporting title bout will see Chanachai Cp Freshmart (1-0, 1) defending his WBC Youth Minimumweight title against the much more experienced Wilber Andogan (10-17-4, 4). We'll be honest this looks like an amazing test on paper for Chanchai and it's clear his team have serious belief in him. We expect a win from the Thai however we also expect to see him have a few hairy moments en route to retaining his title.
In a monster mismatch fans will also get the chance to see the talented and highly experienced Noknoi Sitthiprasert (51-4, 30) battle against the win-less Mongkol Patanakan Gym (0-7). Coming into this bout Noknoi has one of, it not the, longest winning run in boxing with 50 successive wins dating back to 2005 and we suspect it'll continue here.
One final bout on this card is expected to feature former world title challenger Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (42-2, 24) who is said to be hunting a world title fight later in the year. The 30 year old southpaw is facing a yet to be announce opponent and will be hunting his 7th straight win since being narrowly beaten in Japan by the then WBA Bantamweight champion Koki Kameda back in April 2013.
*Boxrec refuse to acknowledge Kongputorn's debut win over Veeradej Manoprungroj, which can be seen here