Earlier today we saw a new WBA Asia Light Heavyweight champion being crowned in Thailand, thanks to a strange match up for the bout put on the latest episode of "The Fighter".
The show, promoted by TL Promotions and televised on Thairath, saw former Welterweight contender Tewa Kiram (44-1, 31), also known as Teerachai Kratingdaenggym and now fighting at Teerachai Sithmorseng, face off with countryman Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (21-7, 14), himself a former Welterweight.
At the weigh in neither man looked great. In fact both seemed to be carrying a solid amount of excess weight. Despite that it was clear that Teerachai was in better shape. He wasn't anywhere close to being "in shape" but he wasn't jiggling around the ring like Chaloemporn, who was sporting a coupleof spare tyres.
The early portion of the bout saw Teerachai control the bout at range behind his solid straight shots. His hand speed and reach advantages played a major role in him controlling the action, whilst Chaloemporn trudged forward, slowly eating leather from Teerachai.
As the rounds went on Teerachai built up a bigger and bigger lead on the cards, despite Chaloemporn pressing the action he was struggling to keep the pace with Teerachai who's output was better, and his shots were landing cleaner.
In round 9 Teerachai managed to drop his man, who, by then, was looking exhausted and like a beaten man. To his credit however he was gutting it out, staying tough, and managed to get up from the knockdown, see out the round and grit out round 10 as well, surviving the distance.
Give how the fight had been, with Teerachai in near completely control, it was clear he had done enough to take the decision and his arm was indeed raised by the referee after the scorecards were read out.
(Image courtesy of TL Promotions/The Fighter/KomThai)
Over the weekend TL Promotions released a video essentially announce the main event of their December 19th card, and it's got a compelling, yet strange, all-Thai main event between a former Welterweight title challenger and a 32 year old who has bounced back from 5 straight T/KO losses in a 10 month run to land one of the biggest fights of his career.
The match up in question will see Tewa Kiram (43-1, 31), also known as Teerachai Kratingdaenggym, face off with Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (21-6, 14), previously known as Chaloermporn Singwancha, with the men clashing up at Light Heavyweight for the WBA Asia title.
Of the two men it's Teerachai who is the much, much more well known fighter. 28 year old ran up a 38-0 record earlier in his career before travelling to the US in 2018 and facing Lucas Matthysse for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title, and gave a good effort early on before being taken out in round 8, in what was rather disappointing fashion. Since that loss he has moved up in weight and began to make a mark at 154lbs, but will be climbing further up the scales for this bout. Notably his last fight came in November 2019.
Chaloermporn on the other hand has never really made any mark outside of Asia. He began his career with a solid unbeaten run of his own, going 17-0 (13) before suffering 5 straight TKO losses against the likes of Azizbek Abdugofurov, Ainiwaer Yilixiati and Pui Yu Lim. He picked up an easy win to end that run before suffering another TKO loss in 2017. Sine then however he has picked up 3 wins to give him some career momentum, for now, and he actually fought more recently than Teerachai, with his last bout coming in December 2019.
Interestingly the 32 year old Chaloermporn has been fighting at Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight the past few years, though he will be the much, much shorter man when the two get get in the ring in December.
Like other shows from TL Promotions this will be aired on Thairath, continuing the very good relationship between the promoter and broadcaster.
The hype video for the bout can be seen below thanks to TL Promotion's YouTube channel
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