Last week it was reported that Sarawut Thawornkham (21-3, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ] had pulled out of a bout set to take place in December, against Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), due to an injury suffered in training. What was unclear at the time was just how serious that injury was.
On Friday Sarawut, also known as Dennapa, took to social media to essentially announce his retirement from the sport at the age of just 29.
The fighter, best known for his 2019 bout with Artem Dalakian, reported that he had been having headaches on November 11th, which lasted until November 13th. He tried to train after the head ache but suffered muscle spasms on November 14th and was dizzy the following two days.
He also stated (translated from Thai)
"Overall symptom is starting to come back normal, but I need to rest for a long time.
I need to stop being a boxer life.
Thank you to the adults who always support me.
Thank you boxing fans for always supporting me.
Thank you everyone with my heart."
With that said it seems clear that this is almost certainly the end for the once highly touted Thai contender.
We want to wish Sarawut the best, both in retirement and with his health in general. We also need to say it's better he hangs them up than continue on with the health issue's he's explaining here, as it sounds like any more punches to the head would be too many punches to the head.
Earlier today sources in Thailand reported that Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5) would be facing a chance of opponent on December 5th as original opponent Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16), aka Sarawut Thawornkham, had suffered an injury in training ahead of their December 5th bout on WP Boxing.
Thankfully it didn't take Nakornluang long to find a suitable replacement, with former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41) stepping in to replace Dennapa
We'll admit we were really excited by the original match up, and it looked like a serious test for the Thai youngster, who seemed like he was set for a very credible step up in class. It's a shame to see that bout being cancelled, especially at such short notice. However seeing Kompayak as the replacement opponent really does ease some of the disappointment of Dennapa pulling out.
We've seen Kompayak fighting twice this year, and although he has lost both of his bouts he has been a stubborn, aggressive opponent, and isn't turning up for a pay day. He gave Thananchai Charunphak a good test in March and was hungry to upset the naturally bigger Nonthatish Petchnamthong in October. We expect to see him showing his aggression and hunger here against Phonsaphon in what could be a bit of a hidden gem.
This will also be Phongsaphon's third bout of the year and he will be looking to secure his third stoppage of 2020, following low key wins over Sophon Klachun and Arthit Kaewbantid.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, and the entire show, it'll be available on the WP Boxing Facebook and YouTube pages.
In the past we have regularly complained about the horrific match making that has plagued Thai boxing. It's the reason why so many Thai fighters run up long winning runs without having been tested. Whilst some are very, very talented and worthy of their records, others have records more padded than a glass vase ordered from Amazon, and they get exposed very quickly when they step up.
Thankfully this year we have seen a number of Thai promoters step up to the plate and rather than feeding their fighters a string of easy wins they have actually matched their guys in interesting looking, match ups with meaning. At least some Thai promoters have.
Among those promoters are Taweesin Laosuwanwat, of TL Promotion, and Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, of Nakornluang Promotion (NKL), who have agreed to a brilliant match up for the December 5th edition of WP Boxing.
The match up in question will see former world title challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16) takes on fast rising Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), in what is a genuine great Thai bout.
Coming in to this one Phongsaphon will be seeking an 11th straight win, as he builds his career following a debut loss to Japan's Kai Ishizawa. During that 10 fight run he has beaten the fantastic Thananchai Charunphak and former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym and Pigmy Kokietgym, and he looks like a really promising prospect, despite that early career loss.
Dennapa, also known as Sarawut Thawornkham is best known for his 2019 bout against Artem Dalakian for the WBA Flyweight title. Since losing to Dalakian, in 10 rounds, he has gone 1-1, with a loss earlier this year to Jeny Boy Boca of the Philippines. For the 29 year old a loss here would almost certainly end his career, which also began with a debut loss in Japan.
On the line for this match up will be the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title.
Also set for this show will be the rematch between Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian challenger Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7). These two fought in October, with Apichet scoring a controversial 8 round majority decision to retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title, despite being dropped twice. Given how good their first bout was this is another fantastic bit of match making and credit goes to all involve.
After years of complaints it now appears that the Thai boxing scene is starting to listen!
In Bangkok earlier today TL Boxing Promotions, who ran the excellent "The Fighter" series last year kicked off their new deal with Thairath, and unfortunately it was a show they'd rather forget, despite their being two solid WBA Asia title bouts on the card.
One of the bouts, at 115lbs, saw a man who had actually won during last year's "The Fighter" tournament Tanes Ongjunta (4-1, 2) face his first international opponent as he battled Filipino Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2). On paper this looked like a good step up for the unbeaten Thai who was going up against a Filipino who lacked power and and had lost 4 of his previous 6.
Despite Lerasan looking like a safe opponent on paper he proved to be the opposite in the ring, taking the shots of Ongjunta without problems and coming back with some solid shots of his own. The Filipino began to grow round by round and chipped away at Ongjunta with good solid shots, particularly to the body. After 6 rounds it was becoming clear that Ongjunta was slowing, his output dropping and his defenses starting to show holes.
In round 7 the Thai was drown for the first time in the fight. The Thai recovered to his feet, and managed to see out the round but was looking like a man fighting on fumes. The best he had in his arsenal was tired looking arm punches, thrown in singles.
In round 8 Lerasan managed to drop his man again. Once again Ongjunta got to his feet but was down again, and then again with the referee then waving off the bout to give Lerasan the biggest win of his career.
The other bout saw former world title challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham and now fighting as Dennapa Trabaihor, battle against Filipino foe Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12). Coming in Boca had scored just a single win in his previous 4 bouts, dating back more than 3 years and was expected to offer a test, but nothing too tough for the local.
Surprisingly it was Boca who was pressing from the off, and the local fighter tried to avoid a fight with Boca, who looked like he was putting everything into some of his shots. Boca's aggression really had some notable moments, with the Filipino hammering the body of Dennapa in round 2 with the Thai being pinned on the ropes.
The Filipino was backed up himself in round 4 but nothing Dennapa could do seemed to hurt Boca who turned the tables back in his favour mid way through the round and landed a great left to the body then a right up top to drop Dennapa. The Thai recovered to his feet but a follow up attacked saw Dennapa needing to be saved by the referee just moments later.
Whilst TL Boxing Promotions do have a 10 month deal with Thairath, and this show doesn't really disk that deal, it's certainly not the start either part would have wanted. Losses for two of the most notable members of the stable will be hard to bounce back from, but certainly not impossible.
Earlier today news from Thailand broke that we would be getting two WBA Asia title fights in late February, with two men who have fought at world level.
The first of those will see Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (43-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, defending his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title, against South African based Congolese born Eric Kapia (22-3-2-1, 4). For Teerachai we believe this will be his 5th defense of the title, and will be his 6th bout since losing to Lucas Matthysse back in January 2018. As for Kapia this will be his first fight in Asia, and only his second bout outside of Africa. It'shis first bout since losing in Russia last March to Vaghinak Tamrazyan.
The bout above will take place on February 28th.
the other will be for the WBA Asia Flyweight title and will see Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-2, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, battle against Filipino foe Jeny Boy Buca (13-6, 11). The Thai will be fighting for the second time since a loss last June to Artem Dalakian in a WBA Flyweight title fight. Buca on the other hand is looking to score his first win in Thailand, having lost in his only bout in the country back in 2016 when he was stopped by Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking. He is also looking to score his second successive win, following a 3 fight losing run.
The above bout will take place on February 29th.
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