Thailand's Wanheng Menayothin may be on the verge of a world title fight but many of his better wins are against opponents just below the OPBF/PABA level such Indonesia's Heri Amol.
In this bout we see Menayothin applying his constant pressure and sharp punching against an opponent who knows how to fight but doesn't show the desire that he had earlier in his career.
Interestingly Menayothin actually did a lesser job on Amol than Japan's Ken Shiro who really looked a class act on debut when he boxed the socks off Amol. Styles make fights, of course, but it's due performances like this than some will question whether Menayothin really can take it up to the next level like he'll be hoping to against Oswaldo Novoa.
When a prospect turns professional in the west we often see them start their career with fights against a series of "bums", "Tomato cans" and "jobbers". It can take years before they fight an opponent with a winning record and can take just as long for them to fight someone who actually tries to beat them rather than just collect a pay day for turning up.
In Japan things are a little bit different with a number of prospects being given baptisms of fire. Sometimes they backfire, such as in the case of Keita Obara, who lost on his debut by stoppage, but other times they get the prospect off to a great start and puts them on to an immediate fast track to success, such as in the case of Kosei Tanaka.
The most recent "super prospect" to have been given a solid opponent on debut was Ken Shiro who, this past Sunday, dominated Indonesian veteran Heri Amol in a very one sided contest that showcased everything that a prospect needs to show and it was mostly based on he tremendous jab, sharp body punching an exceptional speed. It may be too early to proclaim Ken Shiro as a future world champion but not many prospects look this good on debut against such an experienced opponent and from what we've been told the kid is expected to be fats tracked so we assume we will know exactly how good he is in the next 12-24 months.
(Note, for those who first stumbled on this page, we need to apologise, our "video master" made a mistake of putting the fight together and slipped in a round from a different fight. We are VERY sorry the confusion)
(Video courtesy of Nov K)
The problem with a lot of Thai's is that we don't really know how good they are until the fight someone notable. Sometimes it turns out that they are pretty good, such as Amnat Ruenroeng who impressed against Rocky Fuentes, whilst other times they have hyper-inflated records based on their activity domestically as opposed to their actual ability.
One man we're feeling could be as good as advertised is PABA Super Flyweight Super champion Norasingh Kokietgym, who scored one of his more notable victories last November when he stopped the usually testing Indonesian fighter Heri Amol.
Amol isn't a mind blowing fighter but he's the sort of guy who has made a name for himself on the Asian scene by being a journeyman who can test fighters and give then an occasional scare, as he did when he dropped Kazuto Ioka. Sadly for Amol this fight proved 2 things. Firstly he's not a Super Flyweight and secondly that Norasingh is a pretty solid fighter.
Interestingly Amol has been selected as the debut opponent for Japanese youngster Ken Shiro and we're expecting to see Amol give Ken Shiro a very good test. For that fight Amol will be fighting at 108lbs his more natural division, and he should give a more solid performance than he did here.
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