February 3rd 2001-Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Fahlan Sakkreerin (45-2-1, 16) Vs Andy Tabanas (40-4-1, 24) II
In 2001 Fahlan Sakkreerin and Andy Tabanas fought for the second time, almost a decade after their first bout. The first bout between the two, for the IBF Minimumweight title, sad the Thai take a win whilst this rematch was for the WBO title
February 22nd 1990-Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Fahlan Sakkreerin (13-1, 6) Vs Eric Chavez (26-0-3, 16)
In early 1990 fight fans in Thailand saw Fahlan Sakkreerin, then fighting as Fahlan Lukmingkwan, challenge IBF Minimumweight champion Eric Chavez, who was making his first defense of the title.
April 1st 1995-Amnart Charoen, Thailand
Fahlan Sakkreerin (28-2-1, 13) vs Zolile Mbityi (16-2-1, 8)
In 1994 Fahlan Sakkreerin claimed the WBF Flyweight title, in his first defence he took on Zolile Mbitya.
December 12th 2014- Bangkok, Thailand
Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (25-3-1, 16) vs Armando dela Cruz (24-13-3, 10)
At the end of 2013 Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr was a name at the tip of our tongues. He had managed to end last year on a major high after having stopped former world champion Ryo Miyazaki in a major upset and it was though that 2014 could be a really promising year for the Thai youngster. Sadly this year's not gone as planned and Fahlan has been beaten, by the talented Takuma Inoue, and held to a draw by the unhearladed Tatsuya Fukuhara. To end the year the Thai took on Filipino journeyman Armando dela Cruz in a bout for a lightly regarded IBF Asia title and here's that bout.
(Video courtesy of ทีเคโอ มวยโลก)
Undercard fights can sometimes be incredible entertaining despite the level of the two men being well below that of "world class". We saw that this past Wednesday when Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr took on Japan's Tatsuya Fukuhara. It was a battle between former Takuma Inoue foes though proved to be an excellent made match with both throwing leather and both going to fight and happy to meet in the centre of the ring.
For what it's worth Inoue beat Fukuhara on his debut (though we've not found the video) and he beat Sakkreerin in his second bout as Sakkreerin returned to Japan for the first time following his shock victory over Ryo Miyazaki. Of the three recent bouts with Sakreerin fight a Japanese foe this was by far the best.
(Video courtesy of ทีเคโอ มวยโลก)
The quick rise through the ranks of Naoya Inoue has been incredible and earlier this year he became the quickest Japanese fighter to win a world title by stopping Adrian Hernandez in 6 rounds. On the same show fans also had the chance to see Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue in action as he scored a genuinely amazing victory over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
This was Inoue's second professional bout and he was already competing in 8 rounders and even more impressively he was doing it against a world ranked foe in the form of Sakkreerein who had, just a few months earlier, taken out former world champion Ryo Miyazaki in one of the biggest upsets, at least on paper, of 2013.
Sakkreerin had been universally ranked by the 4 world organisations, he had had previous 5 and in terms of experience he was far superior to Inoue who had fought just 6 professional rounds. None of these things helped the Thai however as Inoue out boxed him to a clear 8 round victory that helped Inoue claim several world rankings. The performance wasn't as impressive as his brothers but the 18 year old Takuma made it clear that he, just like Naoya, was a super talent.
(Footage courtesy of gentidori)
At the end of 2013 fans saw two major Japanese shows as Tokyo TV and TBS put on year ending boxing events. Of the 4 majors bouts televised 3 went relatively as expected, at least they saw the men expected to win coming out victorious. The other bout however saw a major shock as Thailand's little known Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr stopped former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki in 3 rounds. The result put Fahlan on the boxing map and immediately saw him gaining world rankings whilst Miyazaki seemed to vanish off the boxing scene.
From the opening round Miyazaki looked off, he was slow, sluggish, flat footed and didn't look his usual self. Had you seen the weigh you would have known why, the former world champion was had all but collapsed after his weigh in and was severely weight drained despite having moved from 105lbs to 108lbs.
The issues with weight seemed to take everything from Miyazaki who wasn't even a shadow of himself and although Fahlan was facing a wounded fighter he still managed to get the job done in style with a beautiful shot that completely took away Miyazaki's senses and the Japanese fighter was unable to continue despite getting to his feet. Unfortunately for Fahlan his time in the world rankings was short lived and he lost his very next fight to novice pro Takuma Inoue.
(Video courtesy of SAMHATTHAI @ TV)
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