Last night WP Boxing took to social media to give us the sad news that their planned May 1st card at the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun has had to be postponed, adding to a growing list of postponed shows, due to Covid19, the full statement for which can be read below:
"Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 virus, WP Boxing is aware of the dangers and dangers that may arise from the spread of the virus. And would like to cooperate with all parties to the end In order to resolve the situation quickly
Thankfully, as per the statement, it appears the postponement will be around 1 month, and we'll still be getting the show as was, with the excellent match up between Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) headlining the card. Sadly though it again shows that the Covid19 pandemic isn't over and that boxing is still being affected by it in a big way, as also seen yesterday when 6 Japanese shows were postponed.
Earlier this week WP Boxing announce their next show, and released a poster to promote the show, which will take place on May 1st at the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun. And if we're being honest it is one worthy of some extra attention, even if none of the fighters on it are "stars".
The main event will see touted Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) take on the criminally under-rated Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) from the Philippines in a bout for the WBC Asia Flyweight title.
Thananchai is someone we've been big fans of for a few years now and the 21 year old has been racking up notable wins over the likes of Wittawas Basapean (Samartlek Kokietgym), Suriyan Satorn (Kompayak Porpramook) and Wicha Phulaikhao (Pigmy Kokietgym) whilst rising quickly through the ranks. There is a case that he has been beating up old men, but here he takes on a hungry fellow young lion.
Lerasan is not a big name. He's not a big deal. But he is a tricky customer, who's tough and hungry, and will be determined to build on his last to Thailand, when he upset the touted Tanes Ongjunta. In fact Lerasan battered Ongjunta into submission after 8 rounds in one of the forgotten upsets of 2020. To date that is one of two notable wins on his record, with the other being a decision over Jeny Boy Boca, but he also impressed in a 2019 loss to Dave Apolinario and the 22 year old is certainly no push over.
That bout is partnered with another WBC Asia title fight, as will Thai youngster's collide as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) takes on the hard hitting Phanuwit Siriwong (8-2, 7) in a Light Flyweight bout. Both of these men are teenagers, neither has created much noise, but a win here will give them a huge boost, and given their styles, with Danai being an accurate puncher and Phanuwit being heavy handed fighter, we should get something of an intriguing stylistic match up.
From the poster it's also confirmed that the show will air not just on Work Point, and the WP Boxing social media channels, but also DAZN, giving the 4 youngsters on the card an international audience. An audience they will be looking to connect with and impress.
Note - For those wondering about the date, the show will air on May 1st in Thailand and April 30th in the US.
In Bangkok earlier today TL Boxing Promotions, who ran the excellent "The Fighter" series last year kicked off their new deal with Thairath, and unfortunately it was a show they'd rather forget, despite their being two solid WBA Asia title bouts on the card.
One of the bouts, at 115lbs, saw a man who had actually won during last year's "The Fighter" tournament Tanes Ongjunta (4-1, 2) face his first international opponent as he battled Filipino Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2). On paper this looked like a good step up for the unbeaten Thai who was going up against a Filipino who lacked power and and had lost 4 of his previous 6.
Despite Lerasan looking like a safe opponent on paper he proved to be the opposite in the ring, taking the shots of Ongjunta without problems and coming back with some solid shots of his own. The Filipino began to grow round by round and chipped away at Ongjunta with good solid shots, particularly to the body. After 6 rounds it was becoming clear that Ongjunta was slowing, his output dropping and his defenses starting to show holes.
In round 7 the Thai was drown for the first time in the fight. The Thai recovered to his feet, and managed to see out the round but was looking like a man fighting on fumes. The best he had in his arsenal was tired looking arm punches, thrown in singles.
In round 8 Lerasan managed to drop his man again. Once again Ongjunta got to his feet but was down again, and then again with the referee then waving off the bout to give Lerasan the biggest win of his career.
The other bout saw former world title challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham and now fighting as Dennapa Trabaihor, battle against Filipino foe Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12). Coming in Boca had scored just a single win in his previous 4 bouts, dating back more than 3 years and was expected to offer a test, but nothing too tough for the local.
Surprisingly it was Boca who was pressing from the off, and the local fighter tried to avoid a fight with Boca, who looked like he was putting everything into some of his shots. Boca's aggression really had some notable moments, with the Filipino hammering the body of Dennapa in round 2 with the Thai being pinned on the ropes.
The Filipino was backed up himself in round 4 but nothing Dennapa could do seemed to hurt Boca who turned the tables back in his favour mid way through the round and landed a great left to the body then a right up top to drop Dennapa. The Thai recovered to his feet but a follow up attacked saw Dennapa needing to be saved by the referee just moments later.
Whilst TL Boxing Promotions do have a 10 month deal with Thairath, and this show doesn't really disk that deal, it's certainly not the start either part would have wanted. Losses for two of the most notable members of the stable will be hard to bounce back from, but certainly not impossible.
Unbeaten Filipino prospect Dave Apolinario (11-0, 6) had arguably his toughest test to date earlier today as he took on domestic foe Adrian Lerasan (7-4, 1), and was given a really good work out by the unheralded Lerasan.
On paper this looked like a mismatch, the fast rising and unbeaten prospects, who had been tipped for big things from his debut, against an opponent with 3 losses in his previous 4 bouts, , but instead Lerasan put in a fantastic effort, pressuring Apolinario through long stretches of the fight and not reacting to the heavy clean shots of the unbeaten man.
Lerasan's offensive work posed little danger to Apolinario, but that didn't stop him from letting his shots go and he had plenty of success with his shots, especially as the bout went on and he grew in confidence. That's not to say he didn't take a fair bit from Apolinario, including a huge right hand and a brutal looking jab in round 7, but he was putting up a real fight and getting in Apolinario's face.
Despite Lerasan's effort it did always seem like he was coming off second best. Apolinario might not have been able to discourage his foe, but he was out boxing, out landing and out classing him, winning the rounds, but having to work for every single one of them. The shots of Apolinario did eventually seem to slow Lerasan down late on, but even in round 10 he managed to back up Apolinario.
Impressively both men went 10 rounds for the first time in their career, something that will certainly help both fighters in the long run, but there was no doubting the winner. After the 10th round we went to the scorecards with Apolinario winning the bout 98-92 and 99-91, twice, for a well earned win in a very, very good test. Both men came out with enhanced reputations here, and Lerasan looks a lot better than a man who is now 1-4 in his last 5.
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