Earlier today in Thailand we got the latest show from Tantelecom Boxing Promotion, who put on a small, but notable Thai card, which was streamed live over their Facebook page.
In one of the more notable bouts on the card we saw talented youngster Nattapong Jankaew (6-0, 3) extend his perfect record as he took a clear 10 round decision win over former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (34-14-1, 12), aka Wittawas Basapean. The 24 year old Nattapong, a former amateur standout for Thailand, did what was needed to easily outbox the determined but over-matched Samartlek, who gave his all but lacked the speed and skills needed to really push his younger, fresher, quicker and more skilled compatriot. Although Nattapong controlled the action he never came close to stopping Samartlek, instead preferring to box, move and and rack up the 10 rounds of experience.
During the commentary for the bout much was made of Samartlek's bout with Naoya Inoue, way back in 2014. Since that bout however Samartlek has gone 17-9-1, including a loss to the now retired Akira Yaegashi and losses in 7 of his 9 coming in to this bout. It shows that Samartlek has fallen a long way from being a world title challenger, but he is very much a reliable gatekeeper and these rounds will serve Nattapong well.
The other main bout on this card ended in a bit of a surprise as former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36) stopped 22 year old hopeful Campee Phayom (20-5-2, 12) in the 7th round, to claim a regional WBA belt at Super Featherweight.
On paper this might not look like too much of an upset but the reality is that Pungluang has been well past his best for years, and was fight not just a weight or two higher than his best but 3 weights higher than his best! He had also gone 1-5 in his last 6 bouts, dating back more 4 years and hadn't scored a stoppage win since he stopped Ryo Akaho 5 years ago!
Prior to the stoppage this was a competitive bout, and Campee certainly had his moments, but he couldn't ever hurt the veteran who gradually ground him down before taking him out in sensational fashion. This is a big loss for Tantelecom, who had seen Campee as one of their brightest hopes, though it will likely help Pungluang get another few paydays.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
Campee Phayom (16-4-2,10KO’s) of Thailand and Lunjun Zhao (6-1-1,0KO) engaged in a fast paced fight Sunday night at the Blue Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The WBO Oriental Youth junior lightweight title remained vacant however, as the fight ended in a split draw.
In was a fun fight to watch, with boxers trading hard punches with wild misses and it was pretty close. In the first four rounds, one had had it even while the other two were split between Phayom and Zhao. Phayom was pulling ahead in the middle rounds with his wait and counter routine. But the surge by Zhao in the late rounds, his aggressiveness saved him the fight.
The scores were – Surat Soikrachang – 97-93 for Zhao, Sungworn Klungboonkrung – 97-93 for Phayom and Pitchit Wongporamet – 95-95. The referee was Sawaeng Thaweekoon. This bout was officiated by the Professional Boxing Commission of Thailand. The WBO bout was supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo. This card was promoted by Yutthapong Kotngern of Tan Telecom Promotions.
Phayom started his career nine straight wins but in 2016 he lost to a Chinese boxer Lin Liquan by unanimous decision in Hong Kong. He lost again to another Chinese boxer, Sun Xiangxiang, this time by second round knockout one month later in Nanning,China. One wonders if this were in Phayom’s mind during the fight.
The 21 year old Phayom has won three straight since being knocked out by Uzbek boxer Anvar Turapov last October in Malaysia.
The 20 year old Zhao’s only loss was a unanimous verdict to Gui Ming Li in Chengdu last year. He would avenge that loss in Fuzhou this year. This is Zhao’s first fight outside of China.
It’s been a while since the WBO had a big card involving a Thai boxer on Thai soil. If memory serves me right, the last WBO world title bout in Thailand was in 2016 when Pungluang Sor Singyu (Panya Uthok) lost his WBO bantamweight belt to Filipino Marlon Tapales. Last year, Japanese Masataka Taniguchi and Filipino Joel Lino fought in Bangkok for the WBO Asia Pacific miniflywieght title in Bangkok.
Popular Indonesian warrior Daud Yordan (36-3-0-1, 24) is set to return to the ring on March 25th, with a bout in Singapore.
Originally Indonesian sources reported that Yordan would be facing an unknown Filipino foe on the date, though since then he has been told he will be up against Thailand's Campee Phayon (11-2, 87), who has bounced back from back-to-back defeats with two success wins including a notable upset win against Yoshimichi Matsumoto.
Although both fighters have fought over 10 rounds before the bout will only be an 8 rounders, due to the short notice of the bout.
If Yordan wins his team have indicated that they will pursue world title fights later in the year. They also admitted that they had been offered a world title fight on short notice, with Terry Flanagan said to have been the champion offering the bout, but Yordan's team turning accepting their man needed a warm up after having been of action since last June, when he beat Cristian Rafael Coria in Uruguay.
Although a Lightweight Yordan is said to be thinking about a move to 140lbs for a potential bout with Ricky Burns if a deal can't be done to secure "Cino" a Lightweight world title fight later in the year. He will however be one of a number of fighters chasin a potential show down with Burns later in the year.
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It's fair to say that Thai teenager Campee Phayon (10-2, 6) [คัมภีร์ สิงห์วังชา] hasn't had his best year in the ring, losing his unbeaten record in May to Li Quan Lin in Hong Kong and then suffering a stoppage loss in June to Xiang Xiang Sun, in Nanning. Today however he put those defeats behind him, upsetting the heavy handed Yoshimichi Matsumoto (10-2, 8) [松本 芳道] in Tokyo.
Coming in to the bout Matsumoto had been favoured. He had been a a solid fighter in K1 before turning to boxing in 2013, and despite a loss in his 5th bout he was coming along well, with 6 straight wins. That winning run and former K1 experienced failed to help however with the Thai landing at will and rocking the Japanese fighter through out.
Although Campee had lost his previous two bouts outside of Thailand he looked dominant here, with Matsumoto struggling to win a round and the scorecards showed just how one sided it was with Campee winning courtesy of cards of 98-91, twice, and 97-91. No matter what Matsumoto tried it failed and he was countered so often that he was giving Campee target practice at times.
For the Japanese fighter this could be the end of his combat career. He's 34 and took a bit of a hiding here. For Campee however the win is one that gets his career back on track following his two losses earlier in the year.
The bout, which took place on the under-card of Satoshi Hosono's bout with Jonathan Victor Barros, followed a majority decision win for Matsumoto's stablemate Seiichi Okada (19-6-1, 11) [岡田 誠一]. With the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion ending a 3 fight unbeaten run courtesy of a victory over Tatsuya Yanagi (11-5-1, 4) [柳 達也], giving Yanagai his 5th loss in 7 bouts.
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