Although not many international fans will be aware of unbeaten teenager Thanongsak Simsri (13-0, 11) he has been receiving a lot of attention in Asia, with his Thai team working with Green Tsuda in Japan to develop him.
The youngster began his career with 11 stoppages, and earned the moniker "Srisaket II", but was fighting at a low level. That was until today, when he stepped up and rose to the challenge, by beating world ranked Filipino Christian Bacolod (12-1, 9) in a hotly contested 8 round bout at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The bout was a competitive contest from the off, with both men looking to fight behind their jabs early on, looking to establish their tempo. Bacolod seemed to do more of the eye catching work early on, but was taking the heavier single shots, particularly to the body.
As the bout wore on those heavy body shots proved vital, with Bacolod slowing down, throwing less and taking fewer risks. He wasn't out classed, but the heavy hands of the Thai were taking their toll on him and catching the eye more than the jabs of the Filipino visitor.
As we went into the later stages neither man seemed confident whether they were in the lead or not, so both stood their ground more, however it was Bacolod looking to back off more and it was the Thai youngster who pressed more, trying to make the most of his physical strength and power. In the end that proved to be vital, with Simsri doing just enough to take the win, with scores of 77-76 and 77-75, twice.
At 19 years old this is a huge win for Simsri, who moves a step towards a really big fight. It's clear he needs more seasoning, but this bout will have done him the world of good and we suspect his team will target some form of a regional title in the near year. As for Bacolod the loss is a notable set back, but he showed his skills and ability, and should not be written off here. He was competitive through out and if he keeps his hunger he will find himself back in the mix sooner rather than later.
We've known for a while the Green Tsuda would be putting on the next show in their Crash Boxing series on December 8th, at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The focus of that card is a title triple header, involving one Japanese title fight, one WBO Asia Pacific title fight and one Japanese Youth title fight, though there are several other fights of note on the card. One of those is a clash between unbeaten hopefuls, as they both look to position themselves for big fights in 2020.
The bout in question will see unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), from Thailand, take on world ranked Filipino Christian Bacolod (12-0, 9) at Light Flyweight.
The unbeaten Simsri has been dubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press due to his power and aggression, and the fact he is also from Si Sa Ket in Thailand. His ability has caught the eye of Green Tsuda, who currently help guide his career. He began his professional career with 11 straight stoppage wins before being taken the 6 round distance last time out by the tough Lerdchai Chaiyawed back in October, in what was his 7th bout of 2019.
The 25 year old Bacolod is already ranked #11 in the world by the IBF and although he's not looked unbeatable he has been impressive, though has only fought on the domestic Filipino scene. This is not only his first bout outside of the Philippines but also his first against a non-Filipino opponent. Despite his competition so far he has looked good and is a clear step up in class for Simsri, though is also taking on his biggest test to date.
At the moment it's unclear how this show will be made public, but given the quality on it we wouldn't be surprised by either Boxing Raise or Asign getting behind it and sharing what is a very interesting show.
Earlier today ALA held a small, yet notable, card in Bohol where a number of top prospects picked up their latest wins.
The least experienced of the prospects to pick up a win was 22 year old Regie Suganob (3-0, 1), who over-came fellow young hopeful John Paul Gabunilas (2-1, 1) with a 6 round unanimous decision. Suganob had won the Philippine National Games title last year as an amateur and is regarded as a genuinely promising youngster and taking on a fellow unbeaten this early shows the belief his team have in him.
The very highly regarded Japanese-Filipino Go Hosaka (4-0, 3) scored his latest win as he took out the over-matched Kim Lindog (5-8-1, 4) in 3 rounds. Whilst this was a mismatch the result is a very impressive one for Hosaka given that Lindog had only been stopped once before in his career. Coming in to this Lindog had lost his previous 4, but had gone the distance with the likes of Ben Mananquil and Ronnie Baldonado, so for Hosaka to stop him this early in his career is noteworthy to say the least.
Another mismatch saw the incredibly talented KJ Cataraja (11-0, 8) score a 3rd round TKO over the experienced, but limited, Crison Omayao (24-21-5, 8). The talented Cataraja was fighting for the second time this year and this bout was more a case of keeping him busy rather than developing on what he'd done last year, including an excellent win over Victor Hugo Reyes. For Omayao this was an 10th stoppage loss in 50 bouts, and we really need to wonder why his team keep allowing him in with fighters who are so out of his depth.
An even bigger mismatch saw the world ranked Christian Bacolod (12-0, 9) take out domestic journeyman Michael Camelion (10-13-2, 8) inside a round. Despite Bacolod struggling past Christoval Furog last November we don't see any excuse for him to be taking on an opponent like Camelion, who has now been stopped 8 times in his 13 losses.
Earlier today ALA held a press conference to announce Idol 4, the next show in their second tier series of cards. The shows isn't a huge one, and is clearly a level behind their premier Pinoy Pride cards, but is still an excellent one set to take place at the Minglanilla Sports Complex in Minglanilla on November 10th.
The main talking point from the announcement was ALA matching together two former world title challengers, Melvin Jerusalem (13-2, 8) and Toto Landero (10-3-2, 2). Although it's not a world title fight it is an amazing match up between two fighters who have ran world champions incredibly close on foreign soil.
In 2017 Jerusalem pushed Wanheng Menayothin all the way in a WBC title fight. Despite losing to Wanheng, and then losing again to Joey Canoy, he is a genuine world class fighter who is almost certainly going to get a second world title fight in the near future. Landero on the other hand came up short to WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart this past March. This is about as a good of a domestic match up that the Filipino scene could give us.
Another interesting match up on this card will see Esneth Domingo (10-0, 6) risk his unbeaten record against Reymark Taday (9-6-1, 4), in what should be a solid test for Domingo. The 19 year old Domingo, who will be 20 by the time this show rolls around, has been gradually stepping up his competition and this looks to be a very credible step up in class Taday has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6 but is tough and should be a very interesting assignment for the youngster.
One other really good domestic match up will see the highly touted Christian Bacolod (9-0, 7) risk his unbeaten record against Christoval Furog (5-0, 2) in what could turn out to be the bout of the show.
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