Earlier today in Bang Phun we got the latest show from the popular WP Boxing series of shows. The card wasn't a massive one, in fact it was one of the weaker shows in recent memory for the series, but it still featured several notable names.
The show kicked off with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (51-1-1, 41) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Nawaphon Kaikanha or Nawaphon Nakornluang Promotions, battling the limited Sophon Klachun (5-6-1, 1) [โสภณ กล้าฉุน] in a scheduled 8 rounder at 120lbs.
From the off Nawaphon marched forward, pressing intently but not really letting his hands go much through the opening round. It was clear he was trying to shake some ring rust and get some rounds under the bag.
As the rounds went on Nawaphon began to let his hands go more, and to be fair Sophon showed some ambition of his own. That ambition was however beaten out of the youngster, who was dropped in rounds 5 and 6. Credit has to go to Sophon for getting up and trying to fight back, but by the it was clear that Nawaphon had finished playing and was looking for the stoppage. Something he seemed to be determined to get and finally scored in roudn 7.
Despite scoring the stoppage Nawaphon was cut, made to look clumsy and really didn't look like a man on the verge of a world title fight. In fact as the bout went on he looked like a very frustrated fighter who just wanted to have a fight. The composure he showed early on went out of the bag when Sophon showed some fight and really this wasn't a particularly good showing from him.
The second bout of note saw Apichet Petchmanee (9-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] retain his WBC Asia Lightweight title with a decision win against veteran Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-8, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon.
From the opening bell Apichet looked calm, relaxed and quick, out boxing Kaewfah at range, using his jab and footwork well to get off first and get away. It clear the men were in totally different levels in terms of skillset. Despite that credit goes to Kaewfah for trying to bring the pressure and make a fight of things. Round after round he trudged forward, walking into shots and showing little respect of Apichet's power.
Sadly the bout lacked drama. As the rounds went on it was clear Kaewfah's pressure simply wasn't enough to get to Apichet, who was happy to box at his pace. This made things rather predictable, and a touch dull, as he eased his way to a clear 10 round unanimous decision.
Despite the win for Apichet, who genuinely never looked in any bother, we don't see him reaching the heights once expected of him. We also don't expect him to take up the recent challenger put his way by teenager Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน]. On this performance Phoobadin would be too good, too strong and too big for Apichet.
Tomorrow is a huge day for Asian fighters with major bouts taking place that will generate a lot of attention, with massive shows in Dubai and Uzbekistan.
Before those big shows however we do get the latest WP Boxing event from Bang Phun in Thailand.
It's on that card that we see unbeaten Thai hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against the experienced Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men hit the scales at an identical 135lbs.
Coming in to the bout Apichet will be the clear favourite, and will be expected to extend his unbeaten run to 9 straight fights. Saying that however he has struggled in a number of his wins and a loss does appear to be around the corner for him. It's also worth noting that 17 year old Thai sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน], aka Sangarthit Looksaikongdin, has publicly called him out and made it clear he wants Apichet next.
As for Kaewfah, he will be looking to avoid a 4th straight loss. He will enter as a very clear under-dog but may well see this as a potential bout he can win. Especially given the under-whelming nature of Apichet's recent performances.
For fans wanting to watch this, it will be made available on the WP Boxing YouTube and Facebook channels.
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Earlier today WP Boxing announced the details regarding their next show, which will take place on April 3rd at the Work Point Studio, in Bang Phun. It's not a stacked card, and it's not a show that will streamed on DAZN like their March show, but it is a show that features several notable fighters competing on it and will be streamed for free on YouTube by Workpoint themselves.
The show will open with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Nawaphon Kaikanha or Nawaphon Nakornluang Promotions, taking on Sophon Klachun (5-5-1, 1) [โสภณ กล้าฉุน]. This bout will take place at 120lbs and is essentially a stay busy bout for Nawaphon, who missed out on a WBC world title bout due to Covid19.
The second bout is essentially the main event here and will see the unbeaten Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon. This will be the third defense for Apichet and will see him looking to build on two wins last year over Musheg Adoian. For Kaewfah the bout will see him looking to end a 3 fight losing run.
As well as the two bouts mentioned above, there will also be 2 more bouts on the card, both featuring novices.
Earlier today WP Boxing gave the public a heads up on their future plans, revealing that they would be making a "a big announcement tomorrow at 6PM Thailand time."
The message about a big announcement was released alongside a video showing off some of the highlights of the WP Boxing series so far, and showing off some of the fighters they have under their banner.
We suspect the announcement will relate not just to them continuing to run monthly shows through the rest of 2021 but also potentially announcing their February or March shows.
Given how WP Boxing have done things in the past we expect them to announce at least one solid regional level bout for their first show of the year, and a potential stay busy bout for one of their bigger names, with solid match ups then being announced through out the year for their events.
For those who haven't followed WP Boxing in the past their fighters include the likes of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], world ranked contender Chainoi Worawut (12-0-1, 11), and rising hopefuls Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี].
Just moments ago we had the anticipated rematch between unbeaten Thai Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian Musheg Adoian (7-3, 7), who dropped Apichet twice back in their first bout in October, on the latest episode of WP Boxing.
Their first bout had seen Apichet escape with a majority decision win, a results that many had issue with with many feeling that Adoian had done enough to take home the win.
With the expectation high following their first bout we were expecting another close one, but sadly that never came to fruition.
The talented Apichet boxed well in the opening round, using his speed and movement to take the round and establish himself early doors. Much like he had in their first bout.
We saw the momentum shift drastically in round 2 as Adoian had Apichet in all sorts of problems, with the Russian's power affecting him, as it had in their first fight. For much of the round the Thai was stumbling all over the place, whilst showing his heart to stay up right. It was the first dramatic round of the fight, and was a tough one for the unbeaten.
Despite being hurt in round 2 Apichet bounced back well, having a solid round 3 and then he really took over in round 4 as Adoian began to show signs of real discomfort thanks to what appeared to be an injury to his left arm. The Russian took a hammering through the round, whilst regularly clutching his left and shaking out his arm, as if to try and get some feeling back in to it. From there on the bout had the feel of a foregone conclusion.
Adoian continued to fight, essentially as a 1-handed fighter, and gritted out the second half of the fight, but looked, quite clearly, like a wounded animal who had his powerful hook and distance establishing jab. Without those it allowed Apichet to control range and come inside knowing that Adoian only had 1 weapon to use on him, and it was a rather looping over hand right.
Unsurprisingly the results was a clear and uncontroversial one, with Apichet taking the decision 79-73 on all 3 cards to retain his WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title, in a very anti-climactic contest.
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