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.
Yesterday in Thailand fight fans saw a trio of notable Thai's in action on a small card from the Khon Kaen Central Plaza.
The most notable of those results was a win for former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (43-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, who defended his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title with a clear decision win against the limited, but tough, Tanzanian challenger Salehe Mkalekwa (14-8, 4). The Thai was in control through out, with the judges scoring this one 100-90 and 99-91, twice.
The plan now is for Teerachai's team to attend a WBA event in China this coming Thursday to push for a potential world title fight, or eliminator.
A second WBA Asia title bout saw Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-2, 16) stop Indonesian veteran Samuel Tehuayo (21-46-2, 16), in a total mismatch, to claim the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title. Tehuayo, also known as Sammy Hagler, was stopped in round 8 after taking a bit of a beating.
The third bout of note saw former Thai amateur star Thani Narinram (1-0) score a 4 round decision over a fellow Thai, in what is expected to be the first bout of a very successful career for Narinram.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Later today in Thailand Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (42-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, will defend his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Tanzanian challenger Salehe Mkalekwa (14-7, 4).
Yesterday the two men went through their weigh in for the bout, and both men came in at 154lbs, making the divisional limit for the contest with no issues at all.
It's assumed that if Teerachai retains his title here his team will look to push him towards a second world title fight in 2020. A loss for the Thai however would be very hard to bounce back from at this point in term, especially given the manner in which he fell apart against Lucas Matthysse in his previous bout at world level.
The chief under-card bout will also be a bout for a WBA Asia title, with Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-2, 15) taking on Indonesian veteran Samuel Tehuayo (21-45-2, 16) in a bout for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title. These two men both hit the scales at 115lbs.
Also on this card will be the debut of former Thai amateur star Thani Narinram (0-0), who looks like he will be one to watch going forward.
(Image courtesy of Galaxy Boxing Promotion)
Later today we'll see WBA Flyweight champion Artem Dalakian (18-0, 13) defend his title against mandatory challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight, with a bit of room to spare.
On the scales the champion was the heavier man whilst Dennapa was the lighter man, however specifics do seem to unclear.
The broadcaster for the fight have stated that Dalakian was 50.6KG, which is around 111.55lbs whilst Dennapa was 50.5KG, which is around 111.33lbs. Though interesting Thai sources have reported slightly different figures stating that the Champion was 111.4lbs and that Dennapa was 111.1lbs.
Despite being the lighter man Dennapa was actually the taller man, and looked very calm through out the weigh in.
For those wanting to watch today's bout it will be available to watch online on the XSport UA website.
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