Earlier today, as part of the latest WP Boxing event, fans saw world ranked Thai hopeful Chainoi Worawut (12-0-1, 11) record his latest win, and retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title as he defeated Thai based Filipino Joel Kwong (5-10, 5), in the main event of the show.
Prior to the bout Kwong spoke confidently, in a pre-recorded TV bit for Work Point, but in the ring he really failed to convey that confidence. Instead he was quickly backed up and the pressure of Chainoi built, and built through the fight until he drowned Kwong in the 4th round, of a scheduled 8.
To his credit Kwong did try to fight back, but by just round 2 he was more fighting back in desperate than in belief he could win, and the bout really wasn't particularly competitive, or the test Chainoi needs before stepping up. Thankfully however Chainoi didn't take much punishment himself and should be ready for another fight before the year is over.
Among the other fights on this card was the latest win for 20 year old prospect Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), who stopped the previously unbeaten Arthit Kaewbantid (3-1, 2) in the 3rd round to record his 10th straight win, and it's impressive to see how much he has improved since his debut loss, to Kai Ishizawa in 2017. Despite the loss to his name Phongsaphon is certainly one to keep an eye on.
Earlier today we had the latest in the WP Boxing Series, which was made available world wide. It was streamed via Work Point and Matchroom Sport and made available in Latin America as part of the ESPN Knockouts series of broadcasts.
In the opening bout of the show talented prospect Chainoi Worawut (11-0-1, 10) made light work of under-sized Filipino fighter Jomar Fajardo (17-16-2, 9). The opening round saw Chainoi stalking and pressuring Fajardo with little coming back, and in round 2 the Thai put his foot on the gas and landed a power straight that dropped the Filipino. Fajardo got to his feet before the 10 count but the decision was made to stop the bout, with his corner stepping in rather than leave him in there to take more punishment.
Thankfully it appears this was little more than a tune up for Chainoi who is expected back in the ring in September to defend his minor titles on another WP Boxing event,
We then got the main event, which saw former world champions colliding in one of the most significant bouts in recent Thai boxing history. The match up saw Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (48-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] needing to work incredibly hard to defeat 40 year old veteran Amnat Ruenroeng (20-4, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง].
Coming in Srisaket, a former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion, was 1/9 favourite but those odds didn't reflect the early action. Instead of Srisaket dominating he was made to look slow, and off. His timing wasn't there and his pressure was countered well by Amnat, who landed frequently with his superior hand speed and ring IQ shining through. Although Srisaket had been out of the ring for well over a year he was still looking a lot worse than anyone had expected.
Amnat, a former IBF Flyweight champion, looked really good in the first few rounds, and really didn't look like he was 40, heading towards 41. He also got a boost when a clash of heads in round 3 left Srisaket with a nasty cut around his left eye.
Sadly for Amnat however as the bout went on he began to look his age, and from round 7 he really wasn't able to get much success, with Srisaket's pressure really paying off. Srisaket had landed body shots through out, but in reality it was the relentless effort from the 33 year old, that took it's toll on the older legs of Amnat who looked like he was fighting on fumes in the later stages. Despite that he managed to hear the final bell, something very expected before hand,
Given the good start by Amnat and the very strong finish from Srisaket it was clear this was a very competitive contest and the scores cards mostly showed that, with the reading out the cards as 97-94, 96-93 and 99-91, all in favour of Srisaket.
Although it's a win for Srisaket the performance wasn't great. Some will write it off as ring rust, and the stop-start nature of this bout which was rescheduled several times. In reality it's a third straight bout where he's not looked like the man he once was and with his 34th birthday later this year we do if, perhaps, it's a sign that he's actually a fighter who's very much on the downside of his long, and successful career.
As for Amnat, we wouldn't be surprised to see a regional prospect actively chasing a bout with him, to try and get his name on their record. As long as the bout is over 10 or 12 rounds they'll get a very good test out of him and have an excellent chance of getting a former world champion on their record.
In the third bout on the broadcast the talented Thananchai Charunphak (9-1, 7) faced off with novice Kwanchai Pliankhunthod (0-2). Despite his lack of experienced Kwanchai made an effort of things earlier on, but in round 3 he began to take a battering at the hands of Thananchai. Despite the punishment Kwanchai took he managed to grit it out until a body shot took broke his resistance in round 5 and a follow up barrage sent him down for the count.
Tomorrow fight fans around the globe will be able to see one of the biggest all-Thai fighters in recent memory as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] battle in the main event of a WP Boxing show.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men weighed in at 120lbs for the contest, which will be streamed by both Workpoint and Matchroom and will also be aired on ESPN Knockout in Latin America.
Srisaket, a 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion, is said to be chasing another bit international bout after this and has got eyes on a third bout with either Juan Francisco Estrada or Roman Gonzalez. He'll be looking to become a 3-weight world champion but will be fully aware that the time is ticking on his career as he turns 34 in December, an old age for a Super Flyweight.
As for Amnat, who actually turns 41 in December, this will potentially be his final bout. He comes in to the bout with a 3-3 record in his last 6 bouts, and has been stopped by John Riel Casimero and Nawaphon Por Chokchai during that stretch of fights. He made his name at Flyweight, where he won the IBF title, but he has really struggled in recent years.
It's great to see international attention on a bout in Thailand and hopefully this won't be a one off for that level of attention, as the country has some great prospects coming through, such as 23 year old Chainoi Worawut (10-0-1, 9), who will be up against Filipino Jomar Fajardo (17-16-2, 9) in one of the support bouts on this show.
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Just moments ago on the latest WP Boxing event, streamed live by Workpoint and DAZN in the US, we saw fast rising Thai prospect Chainoi Worawut (8-0-1, 8) score his biggest to date, stopping Filipino tough guy Alvin Medura (9-5, 7) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title.
The opening round saw Worawut go out with the intention of making this a short night, and was all over Medura with bombs being thrown from very early on. The intention was clear, become the first man to stop Medura. The aggression saw Worawut looking in control, before being tagged by a counter shot very late in the round and being dropped himself. It swung what could have been a 10-8 round in his favour to a probably 10-9 to Medura.
The knockdown seemed to effect the Thai in the second round, and he looked very unsure of himself for the first 90 seconds or so as Medura came forward. It wasn't until the later part of the round that Worawut began to have success of his own, though even then Medura seemed like he had the power to fire back and hurt the Thai.
In round 3 we finally saw the Thai go for it fully again, with his confidence rebuilt Medura wasn't going out without a fight though and every time he seemed to be hurt he would fire back with a big shot, forcing Worawut to back off and reconsider things. This was particularly notable in round 4, when both just unloaded bombs on each other. The power was certainly with Worawut, who landed a series of huge right hands, but the toughness. Madura though had toughness and experience to see out the storm and keep coming.
It wasn't until round 5 that we finally saw Medura begin to look tired, right at the end of the round it looked. It looked like the pressure and pace of the bout was starting to get to him, but he was still firing back in round 6, despite his face now having a second cut, leaving his left eye cut above and below.
The doctor would take a look at the cut, and whilst it wasn't terrible, he did decide to wave it off, with no argument from the Filipino. We suspect that whilst the cut alone wasn't worth stopping the fight for Medura realised he had missed his opportunity and was running out of steam.
With this win Worawut showed, again, that he is naturally a heavy, heavy handed fighter and not someone who should be taken lightly. He did however show that his chin could be an issue, that he was impatient and a little reckless, all things to work on. For Medura the bout, again, showed what an excellent test he is for prospects, and he will not be an easy night for any young hopeful.
Tomorrow fight will be able to see fast rising Thai prospect Chainoi Worawut (7-0-1, 7) take on Filipino foe Alvin Medura (9-4, 7) in Thailand, with the two men battling for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters hit the scales under the Super Bantamweight limit with absolutely no issues at all.
For fans who haven't seen much of Worawut, also known as Thattana Luangphon, he is regarded as one of the top prospects in Thailand and has genuine power. He's not that polished, yet, but with wins over Yuya Nakamura and Muhammad Ashiq there is real potential with him and the hope is that he can go on to become a major force for Thailand. At the weigh in he was 121.7lbs for the bout and looked in good shape.
Medura on the other hand is a tough Filipino who is riding the biggest win of his career into this bout, a shock upset win in August over Mugicha Nakagawa. He was 121lbs at the weigh in, a full 1lb under the divisional limit.
The bout, which will take place in Bang Phun, will be available on Workpoint in Thailand DAZN in the US.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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