Earlier this month we reported that unbeaten Thai hopeful Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม] had been acquitted on charges related to drugs in Thailand. The case, which completely fell apart, had taken 14 months with the fighter locked up and unable continue his once promising career.
At the time of his arrest Atchariya had been at the airport on route to a fighter in Japan against Andy Hiraoka [平岡アンディ] and had shown some real promise with a regional WBC title around his waist and the backing of Work Point, and the WP Boxing serious, which was giving him a great platform.
Now aged 30, and with his 31st birthday coming in August, Atchariya has announced that he plans to return to boxing, but it's unclear when and at what weight class.
Atchariya has been given help by the WBC, including a financial package handed to him recently, and does appear to have backing and support, both within boxing and within Thailand. Though sadly that won't help replace the 14 months of his life that he lost, and it has previously been reported that he is planning to sue the legal authorities in Thailand.
Atchariya also revealed that he plans to become a monk, though again the time and date for this is currently unclear.
Back in April 2019 unbeaten Thai hopeful Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม] was arrested at a Thai airport on drug charges when he was on his way to Japan for a scheduled bout against unbeaten Japanese hopeful Andy Hiraoka [平岡アンディ]. The arrest forced the bout, which looked like a brilliant one on paper, to be cancelled at very late notice.
The charges brought against Atchariya were incredibly serious and made him out to be a key figure and responsible for over 3 millions pills. His arrest came with that of 4 other people, as the police looked to make a statement against the illicit drug trade in Thailand.
At the time his wife and team stood by him, as Atchariya stated his innocence. However that didn't rub with the prosecutors who say him as a serious threat to the safety of the Thai people.
After being held for 14 months Atchariya was released in late May when the evidence fell apart and he was acquitted. It seems he wasn't in the area where the supposed crimes were taking place and had strong evidence to prove he couldn't have been there.
According to reports coming out of Thailand there is a real possibility for Atchariya to sue, for some form of wrongful arrest, but the fighter himself did state on his release that he wasn't going to be saying much before speaking to his lawyer.
From what we understand Atchariya is planning to resume his boxing career, though he's now 31 and will obviously need time to get back to where he was. The whole ordeal has clearly slowed his career and he'll obviously need to get back to fighting shape before taking on a real test. Given he was 29 when the arrest took place he's certainly lost some of his prime to what appears to have been very serious, yet flimsy, charges.
We want to wish Atchariya the best with his future, and it really is a shame that his career essentially got froze due to what appears to have been a big mistake by the police.
Earlier this week we saw a scheduled bout between Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) fall through after the Thai was arrested at the airport.
Originally the reason for the arrest was unknown, though that has now changed with full details now being revealed of what the Thai had done and why his career is now under real threat.
Apparently he was arrested in relation to an amphetamine smuggling case, and to fleeing arrest last year.
The fighter was taken to a special room at the airport and kept there for an hour before being officially arrested. At the time his team wasn't aware of what he'd done, but they have now been told and have given details to some in the Thai media, and the fighter's wife. Atchariya's wife wasn't aware of the details of the drugs issue, only the that he had escaped from a previous arrest.
A quote given to the Thai press stated there was 5 arrests, "The news is a big news that police arrested 5 villains, 3.4 million amphetamines, and 3 cars in Ranong. And one of them has A woman must give a smart squeal. Which may be related to the matter"
His team aren't throwing him to the wolves though, and have suggested that he may be innocent and that this could be a police error. "Importantly, the wife of the genius insists that her husband does not break the law in any way. Which I believe This should be a mistake. Like the case of the Manat Bunjumnong, the Olympic medal hero Will travel to Laos But being arrested by police at the border crossing Before being released when Manas ranted and found that it was a mistake of the police officers Anyhow, "
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Earlier today fight fans in Tokyo had the chance to see a number of notable Ohashi Gym fighters in action at Korakuen Hall. That included 3 bright youngsters, all looking to move forward with their career, two of whom had suffered recent set backs.
One of those looking to rebuild from a recent loss was Ryo Matsumoto (22-3, 20) [松本亮], who had actually lost his last 2 bouts. He made relatively light work of Indonesian visitor Carlos Obisuru (5-2-1, 1), scoring a stoppage in round 2.
Another man rebuilding from a loss was the once touted Sho Nakazawa (12-3, 6) [中澤奨], who scored a much needed win after losing 3 of his last 6. Nakazawa scored a 3rd round win over Jio Alfriando (5-8, 2), in what really was nothing more than a confidence building win for the Japanese fighter.
Arguably the most interesting of the youngsters on this card was Taku Kuwahara (4-0, 3) [桑原拓], who scored a 3rd round win over Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-4, 1). Kuwahara is one of the many talented Japanese fighters breaking through the ranks at 108lbs and he looked incredibly sharp here, a real one to watch!
Sadly a planned bout between Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) fell through when the Thai was arrested, though Hiraoka did participate in a spar with Kaiki Yuba (4-0-1, 2) [湯場海樹].
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On Monday at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will get the chance to see Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] in the ring, though unfortunately his scheduled bout with unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) will not take place.
The bout, which has looked the best bout on the show by some margin, was cancelled on Sunday when the Thai was unable to get to Japan.
Originally we weren't informed of the reasons, but we have now been informed that the Thai was actually arrested at the airport when trying to leave Thailand. At the time of writing the reason for the arrest is unknown.
As a result of the bout being cancelled we'll see Hiraoka take part in a 2 round spar with Kaiki Yuba (4-0-1, 2) [湯場海樹], who is preparing for his own fight on April 15th.
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