Over the years it's become harder and harder to care about what happens in Thailand. The mismatches have become even more regular than they were in the past and the notable and interesting bouts have become less and less common.
We've also seen fewer and fewer stay busy fights from world champions, giving even the poor shows something of a highlight.
Thankfully WP Boxing has been the series which has ignored the trend, doing their own thing and putting on some pretty interesting match ups, and we've even seen a decent upset or two.
Another good WP Boxing bout was announced recently, as local hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (5-0, 2) will be up against dangerous Indonesian Ari Agustian (8-0, 8) on December 21st, in a really good looking bout...though one with a big issue.
Apichet was thrown in deep from the moment he turned pro and so far his opponents have had a combined 164-16-1 record, an insane number though one clearly skewed by twice fighting Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo twice. Although he's not shined this year, struggling to beat Chonlatarn twice and putting in a less than inspired performance against Shota Suito, it's clear he is a talent and one of the men WP Boxing is being built around.
As for Agustian, he's a genuine Indonesian hopeful and not someone with just an inflated record. In his 8 bouts he has stopped Bido Siminjuntak, and Zun Rindam on the international stage and travelled to China to stop Baolin Kang. The one main issue for him will, however, be size, and he's a natural Featherweight, go up against a natural Lightweight.
If Agustian can carry his power up he could be a genuine test for Apichet. Regardless we do hope to see Agustian coming to win and asking real questions of the unbeaten Thai.
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Yesterday in Indonesia fight fans got their latest chance to see local prospect Ari Agustian (8-0, 8) score his latest win, stopping Thai visitor Suntorn Panhom (3-4, 2) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Youth Lightweight title.
At the moment reports are conflicting, though it's clear this was an early stoppage win for Agustian.
Sources in Indonesia state the Thai had been down in round 2, before being stopped in round 3, though other sources suggest this was stopped in the second round.
This win is notable in some ways as it was Agustian's first since leaving Damianus Yordan and his first since May last year, when he scored an upset win in China against Baolin Kang. Hopefully it won't be another 11 months before we see Agustian fight again.
(Image coutesy of Rondeaktual)
This coming weekend unbeaten Indonesian prospect Ari Agustian (7-0, 7) will battle in a regional title fight against Suntorn Panhom (3-3, 2). Interestingly it's now been revealed that Agustian has changed his training set up in the build up to this bout.
The unbeaten Indonesian had previously been working with Damianus Yordan, the older brother of Daud Yordan. Apparently however they have split in rather odd circumstances, with Agustian said to have had problems and wanted to be independent, suggesting that Yordan wanted to instill a sense of discipline in the unbeaten 23 year old.
Despite leaving the guidance of Yordan the unbeaten fighter isn't going alone, and has joined up Cosmas Radias, his former amateur coach. He's been training in Pontiak for this bout and stated that he was ready for this bout, and was sure he would win.
Another young Indonesian fight on the same card is Andika "D'Golden Boy" Sabu (15-0, 8), who will be expecting a real test as he takes on the tough Romshane Sarguilla (7-2-2, 4), and he, like Agustian, sounded confident in comments made to the Indonesian press.
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