The Rookie of the Year continues on May 15th with 12 bouts in the Rookie of the East. These bouts will take place between Light Flyweight and Middleweight.
Rather than going into each of the bouts we'll just note that the Super Featherweight division is the busiest of the weight classes with 3 bouts, though there was originally 4 bouts in the division wish one being cancelled after the card was announced.
In Thailand fans will have a small show on channel 7.
The main event on the Thai show will see Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (31-7-1, 14) defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title against Indonesian Tommy Seran (24-4, 15) in what looks like a great bout on paper. Unfortunately however Seran is 1-3 in his last 4 bouts and all 3 of those losses have come on the round, including a defeat to recent “world” title challenger Ma Yi Ming, who was recently dominated by Randy Petalcorin.
In a supporting bout Petchorhae Kokietgym (11-0, 7) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line against busy Indonesian Domi Nenokeba (11-23-1, 7), who will be looking to avoid a 24th straight loss. Although active Nenokeba has become a professional loser, picking up 6 defeats last year alone.
Another Thai in action here will be Manachai Banchamek (3-0-1, 2) , who continues his trend of fighting every month this year. Last time out we saw Manachai fight to a draw with Boonpon Rachawongsi and we've got to admit we like what we've seen so far of Manachai.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia we get the chance to see a couple more fights involving Asian fighters.
The main event of the card will see Filipino puncher Marco Demecillo (20-3-1, 15) attempt to claim the PABA Super Bantamweight title as he battles against TJ Doheny (10-0, 7). The bout is genuinely interesting and we're hoping it lives up to the expectation.
Lower on the card China's Zhang Yong (3-4-1, 1) will be battling win-less Australian Ehsan Shakeri (0-4) in a low level 4 round bout whilst Komkit Chanawong (0-1) will be up against it as he faces Darragh Foley (4-0, 3).
In the US fans will have the chance to see the very promising Dauren Yeleussinov (1-0, 1), originally from Kazakhstan, battle against Eddie Tigs (1-5-3). Tigs is a tough and tall fighter, who has never been stopped, however Yeleussinov is a sensational prospect and the 28 year old is expected to be fast tracked. A quick win here for the Kazakh will hopefully see him stepping up in class.