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.
Tomorrow on the next WP Boxing show we have a really interesting rematch, as Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7) meet for the second time in just over 2 months.
The men first fought back in October with Aphichet taking a razor thin 8 round majority decision of Adoian, who twice dropped the unbeaten Thai in but couldn't convince the three Thai judges that he deserved the victory. Due to the controversy of the decision, which was questioned both internationally and by Thai's, the teams quickly got together and arranged this rematch. For once boxing actually did the right thing!
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made weigh for the bout with no issues.
Apichet hit the scales at 135lbs dead on, slightly heavier than his challenger, who was 134.5lbs for the bout. Both men looked in great condition, though we would actually say the Russian looked the stronger man, slightly, and both very much up for the bout on Saturday, which should prove to be a thoroughly intriguing one.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on WP Boxing's Facebook and YouTube channels.
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In the past we have regularly complained about the horrific match making that has plagued Thai boxing. It's the reason why so many Thai fighters run up long winning runs without having been tested. Whilst some are very, very talented and worthy of their records, others have records more padded than a glass vase ordered from Amazon, and they get exposed very quickly when they step up.
Thankfully this year we have seen a number of Thai promoters step up to the plate and rather than feeding their fighters a string of easy wins they have actually matched their guys in interesting looking, match ups with meaning. At least some Thai promoters have.
Among those promoters are Taweesin Laosuwanwat, of TL Promotion, and Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, of Nakornluang Promotion (NKL), who have agreed to a brilliant match up for the December 5th edition of WP Boxing.
The match up in question will see former world title challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16) takes on fast rising Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), in what is a genuine great Thai bout.
Coming in to this one Phongsaphon will be seeking an 11th straight win, as he builds his career following a debut loss to Japan's Kai Ishizawa. During that 10 fight run he has beaten the fantastic Thananchai Charunphak and former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym and Pigmy Kokietgym, and he looks like a really promising prospect, despite that early career loss.
Dennapa, also known as Sarawut Thawornkham is best known for his 2019 bout against Artem Dalakian for the WBA Flyweight title. Since losing to Dalakian, in 10 rounds, he has gone 1-1, with a loss earlier this year to Jeny Boy Boca of the Philippines. For the 29 year old a loss here would almost certainly end his career, which also began with a debut loss in Japan.
On the line for this match up will be the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title.
Also set for this show will be the rematch between Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian challenger Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7). These two fought in October, with Apichet scoring a controversial 8 round majority decision to retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title, despite being dropped twice. Given how good their first bout was this is another fantastic bit of match making and credit goes to all involve.
After years of complaints it now appears that the Thai boxing scene is starting to listen!
The first of today's notable Asian shows came from the WorkPoint Studio in Bangphun where we had an unbeaten Thai hopeful in the opening bout of the event and a former 2-time world champion in the main event. Sadly we also had controversy mar over the show.
The first bout saw the unbeaten Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title with what could only be described as a gift. The touted Apichet was up against Thai based Russian challenger Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7), who must wonder what exactly he needed to do to get a decision after this.
The bout started competitively and there wasn't much to pick between them in the opening round. That however was just the opening round, with the bout quickly changing in round 2.
Round 2 began as a good round for Apichet, who was picking some really nice shots, especially his uppercut's, but he was dropped hard at the end of the round by 2 big right hands that sent the champion down. The bell saved Apichet from further punishment but he was still a wounded fighter in round 3, and he was dropped just seconds into the round. This was a big knockdown, from a left hook, and the Thai seemed to be on the verge of being taken out. Some how he survived, despite having a torrid round, and managed to clear his head.
Following a nightmarish round 3 Apichet then rebounded well and seemed to take rounds 4 and 5 by changing tactics, boxing and moving, and not letting the harder hitting Adoian land his bombs. Despite the change in tactics Apichet failed to land anything that hurt Adoian, who seemed to walk through everything that the unbeaten Thai landed. That, obviously, wasn't winning Adoian rounds, but was making it clear that the Thai didn't have the power needed to get his respect. That was something that likely played on Apichet's mind in round 6 and 7 as Adoian began to press more, forcing the Thai to hold, spoil, and be as negative as possible.
It was the final 2 rounds, rounds 7 and 8, where Apichet's negativity seemed to seal his fate for us. He simply didn't do enough to win either round. He was too busy trying to look cute, and not landing anything of value to take either round. Given the knockdowns he was in a hole and his performance in the final 6 minutes it seemed clear that he had given the bout away.
Sadly for Adoian the judges felt otherwise and although we're not 100% certain on the scores, Apichet did get the majority decision here to retain his title and unbeaten record.*
We had this one 77-73 Adoian, though can certainly see it being a round closer, though we can't see see how a judge could have Apichet winning.
Following the controversy in the Apichet Vs Adoian bout we saw a completely uncontroversial bout as former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] took the chance to shake some ring rust with a 2nd round TKO win over Filipino fighter Jomar Fajardo (17-18-2, 9). This really was all Srisaket from the opening bell as he walked down the Filipino and forced a stoppage very late in the second round.
*Note - Apichet was announced as SPLIT decision winner, but the scorecards have been posted since then confirming the results was a MAJORITY decision, with scores of 76-74 Apichet, twice, and 75-57, even.
Tomorrow at the Work Point Studio touted Thai hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (6-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] will defend his WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title in a potentially brilliant match up against Thai based Russian challenger Musheg Adoian (7-1, 7).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men weighed in for their contest and both men comfortably came in under the 135lb limit.
On the scales the champion was 132.5lbs, well under the weight limit, whilst the challenger his the scales at 133.8lbs.
Interestingly the champion turned professional at Light Welterweight but now seems closer to the Super Featherweight limit than the 140lb one. Despite that he looked in good shape, though looked like he could drain a little more if absolutely needed. At the weigh in it was the challenger who looked the better, and looked more ripped than the champion.
For Apichet this will be his first defense of the title he won in August 2019, and will be his 4th career title bout.
As for Adoian this will be his third title bout, after having previously held the Thai 140lb title and the lightly regarded IBA 140lbs title. He comes into this riding a 7 fight winning run after a loss on debut to Padyod Keartjareunsiri.
For fans wanting to watch this WorkPoint do usually stream their boxing shows to a global audience on their facebook, which can be found here alternatively fans in Thailand can tune in on WorkPoint TV.
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