Last night WP Boxing took to social media to give us the sad news that their planned May 1st card at the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun has had to be postponed, adding to a growing list of postponed shows, due to Covid19, the full statement for which can be read below:
"Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 virus, WP Boxing is aware of the dangers and dangers that may arise from the spread of the virus. And would like to cooperate with all parties to the end In order to resolve the situation quickly
Thankfully, as per the statement, it appears the postponement will be around 1 month, and we'll still be getting the show as was, with the excellent match up between Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) headlining the card. Sadly though it again shows that the Covid19 pandemic isn't over and that boxing is still being affected by it in a big way, as also seen yesterday when 6 Japanese shows were postponed.
Earlier this week WP Boxing announce their next show, and released a poster to promote the show, which will take place on May 1st at the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun. And if we're being honest it is one worthy of some extra attention, even if none of the fighters on it are "stars".
The main event will see touted Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) take on the criminally under-rated Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) from the Philippines in a bout for the WBC Asia Flyweight title.
Thananchai is someone we've been big fans of for a few years now and the 21 year old has been racking up notable wins over the likes of Wittawas Basapean (Samartlek Kokietgym), Suriyan Satorn (Kompayak Porpramook) and Wicha Phulaikhao (Pigmy Kokietgym) whilst rising quickly through the ranks. There is a case that he has been beating up old men, but here he takes on a hungry fellow young lion.
Lerasan is not a big name. He's not a big deal. But he is a tricky customer, who's tough and hungry, and will be determined to build on his last to Thailand, when he upset the touted Tanes Ongjunta. In fact Lerasan battered Ongjunta into submission after 8 rounds in one of the forgotten upsets of 2020. To date that is one of two notable wins on his record, with the other being a decision over Jeny Boy Boca, but he also impressed in a 2019 loss to Dave Apolinario and the 22 year old is certainly no push over.
That bout is partnered with another WBC Asia title fight, as will Thai youngster's collide as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) takes on the hard hitting Phanuwit Siriwong (8-2, 7) in a Light Flyweight bout. Both of these men are teenagers, neither has created much noise, but a win here will give them a huge boost, and given their styles, with Danai being an accurate puncher and Phanuwit being heavy handed fighter, we should get something of an intriguing stylistic match up.
From the poster it's also confirmed that the show will air not just on Work Point, and the WP Boxing social media channels, but also DAZN, giving the 4 youngsters on the card an international audience. An audience they will be looking to connect with and impress.
Note - For those wondering about the date, the show will air on May 1st in Thailand and April 30th in the US.
Later today we'll see WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] make his US debut, as he takes on Mexican challenger Axel Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8) in Dallas.
Earlier, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in comfortably under the divisional limit of 108lbs.
On the scales the champion was 107.6lbs and looked in good shape, though maybe not the best of his career. Vega also looked in great shape and was even further under the limit, weighing in around 107.2lbs for the bout.
Despite both coming in at similar weights they looked like they belonged in different divisions. On the scales Vega was thicker set than the champion but looked diminutive compared to Kyoguchi, who was towering over the Mexican fighter. It looked in some ways like a father stood over a young child.
For fans wanting to watch the bout it will be streamed, worldwide, on DAZN as part of a stacked card also featuring the long awaited rematch between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.
Related - Related - Kyoguchi makes his US debut, takes on Vega!
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.
(Image credit - WP Boxing)
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