Bang Phun, Thailand
The main card this coming Saturday is in Thailand, with Workpoint showing casing a hugely popular world champion, albeit in a non-title fight, and two former world title challenger.
The world champion in action is Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40), who won't be defending the WBC Super Flyweight title, as he takes on Korean foe Young Gil Bae (28-6-2, 22), but will be fighting in front of a Thai crowd for the first time since December 2016. Sriskaet is expected to see off Bae with ease, especially given that Bae came up very short in a WBC Minimumweight title bout against Wanheng Menayothin. This really should be little more than a showcase for Srisaket who has another bout set for October 6th in Pak Kret as part of a ONE Championship card.
A second bout of note on this card will see former WBC Flyweight title challenger Nawaphon Kaikanha (41-1, 33) take on Japanese visitor Shota Kawaguchi (21-10-1, 9) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. Nawaphoin is best known for his 2017 loss to Juan Hernandez for the WBC Flyweight title, but he has since bounced back with 5 straight wins, all by stoppage, including a thrilling win over Amnat Ruenroeng back in April. As for Kawaguchi he has struggled in recent bouts, going 3-5 in his last 8, and suffered losses to the likes of Sonny Boy Jaro, Rene Dacquel and Ryuichi Funai. Given the form of the Japanese fighter it's hard to see him coming out on top here, even if Nawaphon hasn't always impressed.
A card in Hyogo is also worth noting due to the main event, which will see WBC Youth Super Bantamweight champion Tenta Kiyose (14-2-1, 6) facing off with former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (68-1-1, 28). The Thai is currently riding a 33 fight winning run since losing the WBC world title to Kazuto Ioka back in February 2011, but has mostly fought limited opponents, with his best wins during that run coming over the likes of Mark Anthony Geraldo, Jason Canoy and Hiroyuki Kudaka, all of which were years ago. The 21 year old Kiyose is stepping up in a huge way, but a win here could help put him on the boxing map and move him into the world rankings.
Sadly the main event aside this card is really not worthy of a mention.
There's also a card in the Philippines. Sadly this is a card that features two talented Filipino's facing very limited Indonesian visitors.
One of the local men is Ernesto Saulong (21-3-1, 8), who will be returning to the ring for the first time his loss to IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa back in March. The talented, and tough, Filipino will be going up again journey Waldo Sabu (12-12, 2), who has lost his last 2 by stoppage and was taken out inside a round by Takuma Inoue in May. Given recent outings it's hard to see anything but a Saulong win, likely inside the distance.
The other bout will see former OPBF champion Al Rivera (19-3, 17) take on Heri Andriyanto (23-26-2, 11). Rivera has been out of the ring since last October, when he stopped Rodel Wenceslao, but we don't expect the ring rust to be a problem here s he takes on a man was was banned from fighting in Japan back in 2016, when he give a poor effort against Koki Inoue. Since the loss to Inoue Andriyanto has gone 1-3 and it's hard to see what he has to test the very hard hitting Rivera.
In the US fans will be able to see promising Uzbek hopeful Hurshidbek Normatov (6-0, 2) risk his unbeaten record against fellow unbeaten Alexis Gaytan (4-0, 2). The Uzbek fighter hasn't set the world on fire yet, but has looked competent against decent opponents, beating the much more experienced Ronald Montes last time out. Interestingly Gaytan will be up against his 3rd successive unbeaten opponent here, and will have the confidence of an upset win over Kendrick Ball Jr as he comes into this fight. We suspect Normatov will be too good, but we do hope to see him answering some new questions here.
We may have lacked notable action in January but February promises to be a much more active month and we get notable action from the off with a major show this coming Thursday.
In the main event we get a rematch as local favourite Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0, 6) faces off against exceptional Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago (28-1-1-1, 16) in a bout for the WBA Flyweight title. These two met, for the interim title, back in October 2014 and had a really competitive and close bout. We're expecting another close one here with the two men being well matched and having very different skill sets. It wouldn't be a shock to again see the bout decided by the judges and it wouldn't be surprising for the loser to feel hard done by.
Whilst the main event is brilliant the under-card is also littered with notable fighters with bouts announced for former WBA “interim” Flyweight champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (37-3, 23), who is expected to be in a regional title bout, former world title challenger Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (47-2, 29) and former world champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (58-1-1, 23). Sadly however we're unsure who those men are fighting on what is set to be a 3 hour telecast.
March 27th-Petch defends youth title, Oleydong, Konfah and Chanachai look to extend winning runs, Pontillas hopes to resurrect career
For Thai fans the day begins in a fun way with Channel 7 televising a show with several notable names.
The main event will see the unbeaten Petch Sor Chitpattana (29-0, 19) defending his WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title against a Filipino opponent. Sadly we don't have the visitors name though looking at Petch's previous opponents we're not expecting a real challenge for the Thai who is slowly climbing towards a world title bout based on his record, not his competition.
A much more interesting bout will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (55-1-1, 21) battle against the well traveled Rasmanudin (19-8-3, 10), of Indonesia. The Indonesian “Lost Boy” has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6 though has generally been fighting as a Super Bantamweight and may be able to have a size advantage over the very experienced Oleydong.
Also in action will be the exciting teenager Kongfah CP Freshmart (12-0, 7)*, who looks to continue his rise through the ranks as he takes on a domestic foe, and the highly aggressive Chanachai Cp Freshmart (2-0, 1), who will also be taking on a Thai foe. Sadly we've not been given the names of the opponents for Kongfah or Chanachai
In Ghana we see Filipino veteran Ronald Pontillas (17-7-3, 8) attempt to resurrect his career as he goes up against the tough George Ashie (25-4-1, 18) in an interesting 10 round contest. Pontillas, known as “Unpredictable” has lost 3 of his last 5, including a 5th round KO loss last time out to Daud Cino Yordan. As for Ashie he has won his last 2 bouts and is proven to be tough having gone 12 competitive rounds with Kevin Mitchell, however he does lack a notable win.
In Russia fans will get the chance to see several Asian fighters.
One of those is 25 year old Kyrgyzstan prospect Ahmat Uulu Chingiz (1-0, 1) who takes on debutant Evgeny Andrianov (0-0). Hard to say much about Chingiz but we're hoping to see a top fighter emerge from Kyrgyzstan one day.
The other Asian fighter is Russian based Uzbek Lazizbek Uzokov (3-8, 2), who is facing a yet to be named opponent. Uzokov is limited but has strung together back-to-back wins for the first time in his career and will be hoping to notch a third successive victory here.
*Boxrec.com are missing one of Kongfah's fights
Action continues in Thailand this week with a trio of notable fighters.
The most notable of those fighters is former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (55-1-1, 21) who continues to move, slowly, towards a Super Flyweight world title fight. Sadly Sithsamerchai hasn't fought a notable opponent since he came up short against Kazuto Ioka way back in 2011. With his experience and ability Sithsamerchai does have the potential to claim a world title again but we suspect he'll not get the chance any time soon.
Whilst Oleydong is a former world champion there is a man on the card who is said to only be a fight or two away from a title. That is Palangpol CP Freshmart (7-1, 4) who is said to be viewing a possible shot at the WBO Minimumweight title later in the year. Palangpol is a really exciting prospect but we suspect he's not as good as his team hope and although he's made a successful transition from Muay Thai to western boxing there is still the feeling that he made the move too late.
The third fighter of note on this show is Kongfah CP Freshmart (11-0, 6)* who we really like the look of. Kongfah scored one of the best KO's we've seen recently, when he iced Saengthong Chor Pakdee, and since then has been a man we've been following closely.
At the moment we're unsure who the 3 Thai's will be fighting though we are under the belief that their opponents will all be Filipino's.
*Boxrec.com are missing one of Kognfah's bouts from last December.
It's rare to have mid-week fights that we are really looking forward to but that's exactly what we have this week courtesy of a big show in Thailand that had us excited from the moment it was first mentioned.
The first world title bout in the month of October comes form Thailand where we get a collision of unbeaten fighters battling for the WBA interim Minimumweight world title. The bout will see Thailand's wonderfully named Knockout CP Freshmart (8-0, 5) stepping up massively to fight Nicaraguan youngster Carlos Buitrago (27-0-1-1, 16) in what looks to have been a very risky match up to make from Knockout's team. We're unsure if Knockout's team know something we don't but from footage of the two men we suspect the Thai may have bitter off more than he can chew here and Buitrago really impressed us in his performance against Merlito Sabillo last year, as with that fight Buitrago is travelling with a point to prove.
The world title fight won't be the only bout with a title on the line here and in the co-feature WBA Asia Light Flyweight champion Palangpol CP Freshmart (4-1, 4) will be defending his title against Indonesian visitor Tommy Seran (24-2, 15). Reports suggest that is Palangpol wins here will be matched with Alberto Rossel in the near future as he attempts to become a world champion. Palangpol was a top level Muay Thai fighter and it appears his team believes he can also be a world class boxer. It's a high target given his boxing inexperience but we are excited all the same.
Talking about world class another bout on this show will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (55-1-1, 21) in action. Oleydong, now fighting as Oleydong CP Freshmart, will be up against against Indonesian Paulus Baransano (0-4) in what appears to be another stay busy fight for Oleydong before a possible world title bout in 2015. We do like Oleydong though he really needs to step it up again seen as these mismatches are become a tiresome joke internationally with some wondering whether Oleydong will ever fight another meaningful opponent before his career peters away into obscurity
The other bout on this card that we're aware of will see Denkamon Pakdee Gym (12-3, 5), returning after 3 years out of boxing, fighting against the unbeaten Petchmai Chor Sungnork (1-0, 1). This looks like a very interesting match up on paper and the winner will likely know that their career gets a boost whilst the loser may consider walking away from the sport.
Not only is this an interesting card with 2 interesting bouts but that show is also interesting for the fact it will be held in Thailand's new race track which will be used for various motor sports over the coming years.
One of those will see world ranked Russian Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15) take on the unbeaten Isiah Thomas (13-0, 6). This is a step up for Thomas, who at 6'4" is a huge Light Heavyweight, whilst for Vlasov this really is a must win contest given that he is risking his world rankings and is unlikely to get another opportunity in the US without something to offer. One thing to note is that Vlasov is himself a tall fighter for a Light Heavyweight and may be one of the few fighters in the division that Thomas doesn't tower over.
The other bout will see Kazakhstan fighter Isa Akberbayev (12-0-0-1, 8) battling against the limited Geovanni Sarran (5-7, 1). In all honesty this is a poor bout and Akberbayev should be competing at a higher level. The one relieving factor however is that the card it's self is a strong one and it seems that Akberbayev is merely having a bout to stay busy rather than to progress his career.
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This coming Friday looks to be a great one for Thai fans though outside of Thailand the day looks to be a disappointing one with little to really note, despite a Misako promoted card at the Korakuen Hall.
Wat Tako, Thailand
A televised card from Thailand will deliver a duo of title fights. For us the most notable of the two title bouts will see the hard hitting Petchchorhae Kokietgym (6-0, 4) take on Filipino journeyman Roilo Golez (15-12-1, 6) for the currently vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Flyweight title. So far we have been impressed by Petchchorhae, on the whole, though we do know he needs to improve dramatically if he's to reach the heady heights expected of him. Golez isn't great by any means but he should give the Thai a great test especially considering he has taken big name Thai's, such as Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym and Wanheng Menayothin, the distance in the past.
The other contest will see the unbeaten but untested Saenganan KKP (7-0, 5) battling against Filipino Wilber Andogan (10-15-4, 4) for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title. On paper this is a mismatch but Saenganan has never faced anyone even like Andogan and so this is a step up for the unbeaten men. The Filipino has won just 1 of his last 10 and shouldn't be viewed as a real threat but we do have question marks about the Thai here.
A second Thai show will take place in Bangkok and will feature several notable names.
The main event will see Petch Sor Chitpattana (25-0, 16) defending his WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title for the third time. Petch, who was given a great test last time out by Gerpaul Valero, will be battling with former PABA interim Flyweight champion Jaymart Toyco (14-5, 10) in what looks like being little more than an easy win for the unbeaten Thai, after all Toyco is coming up several weights for this bout.
Another of the bouts on this card will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (52-1-1, 20) taking on Indonesia's Falazona Fidal (25-40-1, 8). Strangely this will be the third meeting between the two men with the previous 2 both being decision wins for Oleydong, we'd suspect this one will go the same way, though it is a stay busy bout for the Thai who is still hoping to reclaim a world title one day.
A third bout from this show that we're aware of will see promising teenager Kongfah CP Freshmart (7-0, 3) taking on fellow unbeaten Thai youngster Sangthong Chor Pakdee (4-0, 4). We don't know much about Sangthong though he is just 18 years and made his debut as a 16 year old in May 2012. This could be a total mismatch but when unbeaten fighters face off we can see some interesting contests, we're hoping for one of those here.
In Japan we get a small card at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event here will see Yuki Fukumoto (15-9, 5) taking on Yasuhiro Sakurai (7-16) in an 8 rounder. For Fukumoto this will bout will be about him trying to end a 3 fight losing streak dating back over a year. Incidentally Sakurai ended a 10 fight losing streak back in April as he over-came Seiji Watanabe via a decision. It's fair to say that neither of these men will be going far but there is a lot on the line for both of these two
The chief support bout is another 8 rounder as the heavy handed Yudai Ueno (7-6-2, 6) battles the tough but limited Kazuki Matsuyama (8-5, 4). Ueno has lost 4 of his last 5, including his most recent bout, but with his power he is dangerous it is worth noting however that Matsuyama has mixed against better opponents and may be able to take the power. Matsuyama has won 2 of his last 5 and we'd tend to feel that he has a great chance here in what looks to be close to a 50-50 bout.
A third 8 rounder will see Ryutaro Taira (8-4-1, 3) looking for his first win of the year. Taira, who has lost 3 of his last 4, will be fighting against Ryu Onigashima (12-6, 7) who has been out of the ring for almost 2 years. This is another 50-50 bout even though it's being fought at a low level. For us we tend to enjoy competitive fights rather than too many mismatches.
The rest of this card will feature a further 7 bouts, including a single 6 round contest, giving depth to what looks like a competitive though not headline making card.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia we will see another Asian in action. That will be is Korean Hwi Jong Kim (5-13, 1) taking on Valentine Borg (7-1, 4). Borg will be the clear favourite considering that Kim has lost his last 8 though he did use to look half decent and gave both Shin Ogata and Rey Bautista good contests, sadly those two bouts were more than a decade ago.
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Whilst we know almost every boxing fan is looking forward to the action through out Saturday there is plenty going on on Friday to keep fans interested with former world champions, world class fighters and a genuinely great show in Russia.
Surat Thani, Thailand
The earliest action of the day is in Thailand where one time world champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (53-1-1, 19) defends his WBC International Super Flyweight title against Filipino challenger Noli Morales (10-4, 3), who has suffered all 4 of his losses so far in Thailand. This is the best opponent Morales has faced and that should sum up how we expect the contest to go.
The biggest show of the day is the one in Russia as we get a genuinely fantastic show with several world class fighters in action in some very interesting looking contests.
The main event is the pick of the bouts with former WBA Heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-1, 18) returning to the ring for the first time since his defeat at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko. Povetkin's opponent will be former WBC Heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr (26-1, 15) and with both men looking to move back into a world title fight this is effective a title eliminator, despite only officially being a WBC international title fight. We'll be honest we're really looking forward to this one and expect it to be a very, very competitive bout between two top 20 Heavyweights each looking to earn their way to a major bout later in the year.
Whilst the Heavyweight clash is brilliant it's also supported by two world class fighters on the undercard. One of these is former WBC Cruiserweight title challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev (18-1, 14) who will be defending his WBC international Cruiserweight title for the first time as he battles former world title challenger Santander Silgado (25-1, 20). Silgado is somewhat known to Russian fans for his loss to Denis Lebedev back in 2012 and has gone 2-0 (2) since then against opponents with a combined record of 44-5-2 despite that he really shouldn't be a problem for Chakhkiev who is a vicious fighter.
The other world class fighter is Lightweight Eduard Troyanovsky (17-0, 14) who has had a disappointing few months due to an injury that has seen a WBA world title bout with Richar Abril fall through. Sadly Troyanovsky's disappointment won't be softened by his very weak opponent, Anton Bekish (5-10, 4), who is tough but has nothing at all to threaten the very talented Russian contender.
A fourth bout of note on this card will see Sergey Lipinets (1-0) return to the ring for his second professional bout. Lipinets, who debuted just a few short weeks ago, will be hoping to score his second win as he takes on the once beaten Serbian fighter Dzemil Cosovic (3-1-1) in a scheduled 6 round bout. We've heard very promising things about Lipinets and we hope he progresses as the Russian media are suggesting he could. If the media are right this youngster has the potential to be a real star.
In the US we get another Russian in action as Medzhid Bektemirov (13-0, 10) puts his unbeaten record on the line against a yet to be named foe.
Thanks, as always, go out to Pal for his information regarding the action in Thailand. With out him we'd be at a real loss in regards to the Thai boxing scene.
(Image courtesy of the 13th round)
This week has been a funny one in the world of boxing with the stand out day of the week being a Wednesday which is pretty rare. Oddly though Wednesday isn't the only notable week day with some interesting action as Friday follows suit with a much anticipated world title rematch and a range of bouts across the globe.
The biggest show of the day, by a margin, is in Moscow as WBA Cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19) seeks redemption over Panama's Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31). The men fought in an amazing war last year though the bout was shrouded in controversy regarding drug tests that found something in Jones's system effectively force the WBA to give Lebedev his title back despite the fact he was eventually stopped. If this bout is half as good as their first then we're in for a great fight.
In the chief support bout the once beaten Andrey Klimov (16-1, 8) takes on Francisco Contreras (22-4, 17) of the Dominican Republic. Contreras is best known to us for his opening KO loss to Jorge Linares late last year and we'd not be shocked if he suffered another, similar, loss to Klimov.
Although not one of the top 2 fights we think the pick of the fights here is the all prospect Middleweight clash between Russia's very own Arif Magomedov (10-0, 7) and promising Colombian Alex Theran (16-0, 9). Going in to this bout Theran has a top 10 ranking with the WBA and Magomedov will certainly be targeting that ranking with a victory here though it's clear that this will be his toughest bout so far.
Another notable bout on this show is the debut of former kick boxer Sergey Lipinets (0-0) who battles the experienced and tough Venezuelan Franklin Varela (21-14, 10). Varela, who has been in the ring with Anselmo Moreno and Scott Quigg amongst others, is an amazing test for Lipinets and should give us a glimpse as to whether or not the Russian has the ability to become a star in pro boxing.
Whilst the show in Moscow is clearly the more significant of two shows in Russia there is also one in Podolsk. This one is headlined by the unbeaten
Nikolay Potapov (11-0, 6) battling against Mexico's Martin Casillas (14-2, 8) in a 10 round bout at Bantamweight. In our eyes this is a good step up for the Russian prospect who is in with a genuinely live foe here.
A second notable bout on this show sees PABA Lightweight champion Roman Andreev (15-0, 11) taking on Mexico's Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23) in what should be an explosive encounter. Rodriguez is the more experienced man, and a former WBC Youth champion, but Andreev has looked very heavy handed and is naturally bigger than the Mexican.
In another notable bout on this show Cruiserweight Maxim Maslov (13-1-1, 8) will battle journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis (13-18-3, 6) in what is likely to be be a one sided battle for Maslov. Although the bout is very one sided on paper Kulikauskis is tough and will be expected to to get a fair few rounds from Maslov.
As well as the Russian action we'll also be having notable fighters in the ring in Thailand where former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (53-1-1, 19) will be defending his WBC International Super Flyweight title against Filipino Noli Morales (10-4, 3). This will be Oleydong's 8th defence of the title and remarkably it's his 19th bout since being beaten by Kazuto Ioka back in early 2011.
In Mexico we see yet another Russian in action as the unbeaten Andrey Meryasev (15-0, 11) takes on former Welterweight champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir (49-15-6, 15). Just shy of his 43rd birthday Baldomir isn't the fighter who once beat Zab Judah or Joshua Clottey but should still be the toughest test that the unbeaten Meryasev has faced so far. What makes this a little but more interesting is that it's the Russian's first fight in American and just his second outside of his homeland
On the same card fans will also get to see Mikhail Lopatyuk (1-0), also of Russia, take on the debuting Jesus Cupul (0-0).
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