To kick off an exciting weekend of boxing fight fans turned their attention to Thailand for a WP Boxing event shown on WorkPoint in Thailand and DAZN internationally. It wasn't a massive show, but it was a rare chance for fight fans in the west to see boxing from Thailand on a premium service, and it was a chance to see a nice mix of young prospects, veterans and notable names all in action.
The DAZN broadcast of the show kicked off with a fairly low key bout, as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) made light work of Wichet Sengprakhon (11-10, 6), stopping him in 3 rounds in a rematch of a bout the men had back in December. With this win Danai has now reeled off 6 straight victories after starting his career 2-2 and it seems clear the youngster does have some potential, even if Wichet was an incredibly limited opponent. As for Wichet he has now lost 4 of his last 5 including 2 to Danai.
The first major bout of note on the show saw WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion Phongsaphon Panyakum (12-1, 6) [พงศพล ปัญญาคำ] retain his title in impressive fashion, as he battered former world title challenger Karoon Jarupianlerd (44-11, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์], aka Petchbarngborn Kokietym, over 10 rounds.
The opening round was one sided, with Phongsaphon coming forward, pressing his man backwards and pounding him against the ropes. Rounds 2 and 3 were even more one sided, with Karoon doing his best to protect himself and land the occasional counter, the best of which came late in round 3. Sadly for Karoon he simply couldn't get Phongsaphon's respect and the younger man continued to walk him down round after round. Despite the pressure from Phongsaphon the veteran wasn't just folding however and in round 5 he managed to walk the younger man on to plenty of good shots. Sadly for him they merely seemed to irritate the younger, fresher, hungrier man, rather than really bother him.
Despite taking a hammering round, after round, after round, Karoon refused to go away and as we went into the second half of the fight he had more and more success, landing some lovely clean uppercuts as Phongsaphon held his feet up close. They continued to be more of a hinderance than a real problem for Phongsaphon, though they did show that the youngster did have a lot of work to do defensively, even if he was in control of the action.
After 10 rounds the decision was a formality with Phongsaphon taking a clear unanimous decision, with scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 98-92a second time, though credit goes to Karoon for making this a fun bout, with his gritty determination and will to win showing through out the contest. Despite his excellent effort it is worth noting that even if he had won Karoon wouldn't have won the title given he failed to make weight for the bout, coming in at 116.7lbs.
The main event of the bout saw former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-8-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], also known as Ekkawit Songnui, in what was a clear tune up for Srisaket.
From the opening round it was clear the talented 2-time world champion had little respect for his older, smaller foe and applied constant, though very basic pressure. Kwanthai, to his credit, tried to fight back in spurts, but was second best in every area and was dropped for the first time in rounds 3 as the pressure got too much for him. Kwanthai managed to beat the count, and complete the round, though remained on his stool at the start of round 4, with a badly swollen left eye.
Despite winning this without needing to break a sweat, we suspect Srisaket would have wanted more than just 9 minutes of action here to shake whatever ring rust he had. He looked dominant from the opening bell, but never got out of second gear. As for Kwanthai this was another performance from him that suggests he simply hasn't got it any more, and should seriously consider leaving the sport rather than taking any more punishment.
The final notable bout on the show saw rising Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (14-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] defeatformer 2-time world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-10, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่], and retaining WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
Sadly at the weigh in Pungluang had missed weight, by a staggering 5lbs, making him ineligible to win the title, though the bout went ahead regardless.
The opening couple of rounds saw Chainoi control the action well behind his jab, keeping the usually aggressive Pungluang at range. The veteran came to fight, but he was struggling to close the distance, with Chainoi not only having the better jab but also the better movement and quicker footwork. In round 3 we finally saw Pungluang having some sustained success, getting close, and showing his trademark smile as he began to cut the cut the distance. His success parlayed into more success in round 4 as he landed some huge overhand rights on to the youngster, who was being give a genuine chin check by the veteran. The youngster was outworking and out landing Pungluang still, but things were getting tougher for the promising youngster.
Despite some worries in rounds 3 and 4 Chainoi managed to get back behind his boxing and ended up controlling much the rest of the bout, though he did seemed to be buzzed at one point in round 7as a right hand from Pungluang landed clean. That big shot aside the youngster never looked too phased by the veteran, who seemed to lack the fire and vigour we've seen from him in the past. In fact it seemed like he was there with the purpose of asking questions of Chainoi, without really going through the gears himself and showing what he can really do.
After 10 rounds it was a wide decision win for Chainoi, and his biggest win to date, but it felt like there was more both men could have done here. On paper this is a good win for the youngster, but it wasn't the type of bout that will prepare him for a world title bout any time soon.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see world ranked Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (13-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] battling against former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่] on an event shown by DAZN worldwide and Workpoint in Thailand.
Today, ahead of the bout, the two men took part on their weigh in, for a bout that was supposed to be for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title, held by Chainoi.
On the scales the defending champion had no issues at all making weight, coming in at 121.7lbs, comfortably under the Super Bantamweight limit. He looked in good shape, and seemed like a man with a point to prove. If successful he will retain the title and continue his climb towards bigger and better things.
Pungluang on the other hand, a 63 fight veteran and a 2-time Bantamweight world champion, completely messed up on the scales, came in flabby looking and hit the scales at an embarrassing 127lbs. That's 5lbs above the title limit, and a full 1lb above the next divisional limit, the Featherweight limit. This is shameful from the veteran who, obviously, can't win the title. If he is victorious the title will become vacant.
The unbeaten Chainoi is one of the most exciting prospects in Thailand and the 23 year old seemed to be on the verge of a getting a huge chance to shine here on DAZN in front of a global audience. He was getting the chance to make his third defense of his regional title and was taking on a former world champion. Sadly though it appears Pungluang has done his best to try and take some shine off the bout, and to also, potentially, give himself an unfair advantage to over the 23 year old youngster.
Although this is incredibly unprofessional from Pungluang it is worth noting he was 131lbs in November, when he lost a decent to Amnat Ruenroeng, and he has been as high as 142¼lbs, for his 2018 bout with Czar Amonsot. His days of being a world class fighter are well behind him, but he is a fun and aggressive fighter to watch and he is certainly the biggest test Chainoi has faced so far. It's just a shame he has failed to even come close to the weight limit for the bout.
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Yesterday WP Boxing announced that they would be making a big announcement at 6PM today, local time, and that's exactly what they did. And in fairness to them they did make a pretty big announcement, as they confirmed their first show of 2021.
The show will take place on March 13th at the Work Point Studios, in Bang Phun and it looks like a very notable one.
The main event of the show will see former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-7-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], also known as Ekkawit Songnui. The folks at WP Boxing have almost accepted this isn't going to be a competitive bout, and have event referred to it as a "warm up before the world championship bout", with Srisaket set to face the winner of the WBA/WBC unification bout between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada, who also clash on March 13th.
The chief support bout will see world ranked Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (13-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council title against former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่]. This should be a really good match up, with the hard hitting Chainoi actually being tested by a rugged, tough, veteran. The youngster should be favoured, but this is not a gimme for him and we suspect he will be asked some real questions, including questions about his stamina and his ability to cope with pressure.
A second title bout will see WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion Phongsaphon Panyakum (11-1, 6) [พงศพล ปัญญาคำ] defending his belt against former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-10, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์]. The talented Phongsaphon is quickly becoming one of the rising stars of the Thai scene, and despite only being 20 years old is making a name for himself. Following a loss on his debut, to Kai Ishizawa in 2017, Phongsaphon has built himself a credible reputation and a win here would move his career forward significantly. As for Petchbarngborn his career is best known for his 2016 bout with Naoya Inoue, and since then he has gone 9-2 and put up a very credible effort in both of those losses.
For fans wanting to watch this it will aired on WorkPoint in Thailand and around the world on DAZN, giving fans world wide a chance to not only see Srisaket but also two of the most promising young Thai's out there.
Earlier today WP Boxing gave the public a heads up on their future plans, revealing that they would be making a "a big announcement tomorrow at 6PM Thailand time."
The message about a big announcement was released alongside a video showing off some of the highlights of the WP Boxing series so far, and showing off some of the fighters they have under their banner.
We suspect the announcement will relate not just to them continuing to run monthly shows through the rest of 2021 but also potentially announcing their February or March shows.
Given how WP Boxing have done things in the past we expect them to announce at least one solid regional level bout for their first show of the year, and a potential stay busy bout for one of their bigger names, with solid match ups then being announced through out the year for their events.
For those who haven't followed WP Boxing in the past their fighters include the likes of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], world ranked contender Chainoi Worawut (12-0-1, 11), and rising hopefuls Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี].
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.
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