Today has been a hectic day already in Asian boxing, with shows in the Philippines, Thailand and Kazakhstan all worthy not note. For it was the Thai card that seemed to be the most surprising as a number of notable names were added to it at short notice. Given the short notice none of them were really tested, but there was a few results worthy of note, mostly by fighters looking to bounce back from losses.
The most interesting of the results from the card regarded unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), who was fighting for the 7th time this year. The 19 year old went into the ring having stopped everyone he had faced, but that run came to an end today thanks to the under-rated Lerdchai Chaiyawed (2-4, 1) who survived the 6 round distance. The hard hitting Thanongsak took a comfortable decision but couldn't see off Lerdchai, who has gone the distance with the likes of Ryoki Hirai, Seita Ogido and the hotly tipped Issei Ochiai and holds a vert good win over Samartlek Kokietgym.
Aged 24 we do wonder what Lerdchai could accomplish if a good trainer gets behind him. He's naturally talented, but needs someone to help develop that of his. Whilst it's a shame to see "Srisaket II" go the distance the bout will serve Thanongsak well in terms of his development, and this was clearly a bout where he will have learned a lot about himself.
The most well known fighter on the under-card was former world title challenger Teeraphong Utaida (39-7-1, 21), aka Fahlan Sakkreerin, Jr, who was fighting for the first time since a loss in the Philippines to Jayson Mama in March. He went the 4 round scheduled with Nirun Baonok (5-18, 4), aka Rungniran Korat Sport School, in what is a very disappointing result. Niron has lost 7 in a row now, and was stopped in 3 of hose 7 bouts, so to see him hear the final bell against Fahlan is disappointing.
Thankfully Thanongsak wasn't the only prospect on the card picking up a win, as 28 year old Aran Dipaen (7-2, 6) bounced back from his September loss to Tommy Frank in the UK by stopping Wisitsak Saiwaew (6-9, 5) in the opening round. This isn't an amazing win on paper, but Dipaen did stop Wisitsak quicker than Sho Kimura and Songsaeng Phoyaem. Dipaen is expected to now fight for a regional title in November after getting the confidence building, bounce back win here.
Veteran Komsan Polsan (39-11-1, 25), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, was previously seen in the ring being stopped in 2 rounds by Takeshi Inoue and he today bounced by beating the debuting Witaya Dechkrong (0-1) in 2 rounds, in what was a bit of a farce.
Another fighting rebuilding after a loss was Sitthidet Banti (12-5, 6), aka Denchana Sakkreerin, bounced back from a loss in Japan to Takuma Takahashi by stopping novice Decha Takote (0-3) in the second round. Last time out, just back in August, Sitthidet suffered his first stoppage loss and this was clearly made a confidence builder against a teenager who has been taken out early in all 3 losses now.
Yesterday in Sheffield, England fans had the chance to see unheralded Thai Aran Dipaen (6-2, 5) [แก่นนคร ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] run the unbeaten Tommy Frank (12-0, 3) incredibly close in a 12 round bout for the WBC International silver Super Flyweight title.
The Thai had been expected to be dominated, in what was his European debut, but instead he gave Franks all he could handle, and more.
From the opening round it was hotly contested and very evenly fought with Franks landing the clean work, and having the higher work rate, but the Thai's shots were the most hurtful. By the middle rounds Dipaen had began to land heavy body shots, marking the right eye of Frank and showing that whilst he wasn't a 1-punch KO artist he was very heavy handed.
Frank was struggling with the physical strength of the Thai through out, but managed to do just enough to get the victory. After 12 rounds the judges had the bout 115-113 to the Thai, and 116-113 and 115-113 to Frank who took the split decision.
The Thai has every reason to feel aggrieved by the decision, but can hold his head up high after a great performance and he will likely find himself getting more bouts on the road following this performance.
(Image courtesy of Kiat Kreerin Promotion / Thairec))
Tomorrow, in Sheffield, England, fans will see once beaten Thai Aran Dipaen (6-1, 5) [แก่นนคร ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] take on local hopeful Tommy Frank (11-0, 3) in a bout for the WBC International Silver Super Flyweight title.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men went through their weigh in and both came in comfortably under the Super Flyweight limit.
The Thai hopeful, making his UK debut, was the slightly heavier man, but both were almost a full 1lb under the limit.
Despite being heavier Dipaen was the shorter man, and also looked the naturally smaller man.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired in the UK on Freesport, and is expected to be a genuinely interesting test for both. Frank will be the favourite but the Thai is no push over, and this is his third bout away from home, following a loss in Russia and a win in Japan.
(Image courtesy of Thairec)
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