One of our Thai sources has informed us that Amnat Ruenroeng's (13-0, 5) upcoming IBF Flyweight world title defence against mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13) has been pencilled in for September 14th and is expected to take place in Nakhon Ratchasima province, the same area that Ruenroeng won the title in.
The Thai, who won his word title back in January with a decision victory over Filipino veteran Rocky Fuentes, has already defended his belt once this year, defeating the previously unbeaten Kazuto Ioka in Ioka's native Japan. He'll now be hoping to celebrate a defence in front of his home fans as he takes on the Puerto Rican challenger who earned the right to fight Ruenroeng by knocking out Froilan Saludar just less than a month ago.
Whilst Arroyo was in action recently the September date gives him 3 months between his victory over Saludar and the scheduled date for this bout. For Ruenroeng the gap between fights will be a little more than 4 months and would likely leave him open, if he wins, to another fight early next year or even later this year.
We know some fight fans have asked why Ruenroeng's team placed a purse bid of over $200,000. It appears that they were making such a huge bid to make sure they got home advantage. As we all know fighting in Thailand as a visitor is horrible due to the natural conditions. It's looks like the team have speculated in an attempt to accumulate and if Amnat wins they will be chasing a huge payday to have Amnat fight unbeaten Chinese fighter Zou Shiming (4-0, 1) in Macau. To the team it looks like the $200,000 is a gamble and if it pays off it will pay off massively for both Amnat and his backers.
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