Earlier today WP Boxing announced that the much anticipated bout between 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] was being postponed, again.
The bout was originally set for April 4th at the WP Studios, and was then provisionally delayed to May 2nd. It has now been postponed indefinitely.
The decision to postpone the bout makes complete sense, but is still disappointing news for fight fans.
Interestingly stories from Thailand are emerging that Srisaket's team are negotiations for a much bigger fight when boxing resumes, hopefully later in the year.
With coronavirus cases now growing worldwide we've began to see more and more postponements and the latest of those involve Thai fighters.
Firstly the April 4th WP Boxing event, which was set to be headlined by 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] has been provisionally postponed until May 2nd, which is when Work Point would have been planning their next show. The reality however is that we suspect that will be pushed back further with cases in Thailand growing rapidly, with 50 cases confirmed today and more expected.
It's worth noting that this bout was expected to be held behind closed doors, and even that has now been decided as not being enough.
Rather oddly Thailand was a country that appeared to be slow to react to coronavirus, despite the fact it's geographically so close to China and South Korea which were badly effected, and we suspect the epidemic will likely force a suspension of boxing, and other sports, well into the later part of the year, if not into 2021 and beyond.
The other, which was coincidentally set for May 2nd, is the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight world title bout between Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) and Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง]. This bout has been postponed but no date is yet being announced for the event.
For those with tickets refunds are available from the point of purchase.
Earlier this month Thai sources reported that former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] would be back in action on March 7th. Sadly that date now appears to be off, but only a month, with Srsiaket's new return date set for April 4th.
Whilst the delay is disappointing, given he's been out of the ring since last April, there is some good news, with his opponent being named, and being someone much better than expected.
We were originally expecting a simple stay busy bout for the popular southpaw from Si Sa Ket, but instead he will be up against former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง], in a bout which will be shown live on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US.
On paper this shouldn't be a massive test for Srisaket, given he's younger, bigger, stronger and more powerful than his fellow Thai, but we do expect to see Srisaket being forced to work for his win against the crafty skills of the 40 year old Amnat, who's still smart even if he is several years beyond his best.
The winner of this will then be expected to move on to a big bout later in the year.
According to Thai sources there is a chance this bout will be fought in a near empty venue, due to the risk of coronavirus, and that a very limited number of fans will be able to attend. The list will be limited, and those who have travelled from abroad close to the fight will not be able to attend.
Unbeaten Thai hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (3-0, 2) returned to the ring earlier today and notched his third win as a professional, taking a wide decision over Japanese fighter Shota Suito (11-10-1, 1) [水藤翔太] in Bang Phun.
The bout was part of the first WP Boxing event of 2019, and was streamed in the US on DAZN, giving fans around the globe a chance to see what the fuss was with Apichet. Sadly he didn't really shine against a tough but light hitting Japanese visitor. The opening round was close but from there on the Thai dominated without coming close to stopping Suito, who should good toughness, and survival instincts when he needed them.
In the end the bout was scored 100-90, twice, and 99-91, to the Thai but there was something lacking from his performance after very impressive performances last October and December. This wasn't bad as such, but he failed to deliver like he had in earlier contests. For Suito this was a 4th straight loss, and a 7th loss in 9. With this win Apichet now holds the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Lightweight title.
Also on this card was former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง], who scored a 6 round win over Filipino puncher Brian Lobetania (13-7-3, 11), who has now lost 3 in a row following an excellent win at the time over Kai Chiba.
Earlier today the thaitimenews.com reported the full details of the February 8th card in Thailand which is stacked with names and is being held primarily for charity.
The event, which is being used to raise money for equipment for a Royal Thai Air Force Hospital that is set to be completed weeks after the show, will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with a 2 hour time slot, and 5 scheduled contests, with 3 being televised, including an exhibition featuring two very notable fighters.
The card is set to open with former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (42-8, 19) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์] taking on former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] in an 8 round bout at 122lbs.
Following that we'll then get a 3 round exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL], this will be Srisaket's final "bout" before his proposed rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26), which is set to be Srisaket's DAZN debut.
The main event of the scheduled telecast will see Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] facing off with former world title contender Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) in a bout for the WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
If time permits the broadcast is then expected to show some of the remaining action from the card. This includes Namphol Sithsaithong (18-10-1, 10) [มาร์ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling in a 6 round Flyweight bout.
The time slot for the broadcast is 13:45 to 15:45 local time with the whole event being held in a temporary ring at the parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai and will be free to attend. Given the the notable men in action, including a current world champion, a former world champion, 3 former world title challengers and a rising young star, the crowd is expected to be sizable.
(Image courtesy of thaitimenews.com)
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