With coronavirus cases now growing worldwide we've began to see more and more postponements and the latest of those involve Thai fighters.
Firstly the April 4th WP Boxing event, which was set to be headlined by 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] has been provisionally postponed until May 2nd, which is when Work Point would have been planning their next show. The reality however is that we suspect that will be pushed back further with cases in Thailand growing rapidly, with 50 cases confirmed today and more expected.
It's worth noting that this bout was expected to be held behind closed doors, and even that has now been decided as not being enough.
Rather oddly Thailand was a country that appeared to be slow to react to coronavirus, despite the fact it's geographically so close to China and South Korea which were badly effected, and we suspect the epidemic will likely force a suspension of boxing, and other sports, well into the later part of the year, if not into 2021 and beyond.
The other, which was coincidentally set for May 2nd, is the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight world title bout between Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) and Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง]. This bout has been postponed but no date is yet being announced for the event.
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Earlier this month news broke that the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight world title bout between Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) and Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, was heading to Scotland in early May. Late yesterday the details were confirmed by Taylor's promoter Top Rank.
The bout will, as previously reported, take place on May 2nd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. It will be Taylor's second defense of the unified titles, which he unified last May when he beat Ivan Baranchyk, and will be his 4th straight fight against an unbeaten opponent. The WBSS winner , who has been on a great on recent years, will know that a win here will open up doors to a huge 4 title unification bout later in the year against Jose Carlos Ramirez, who is also promoted by Top Rank.
As for Downua this will be his first world title fight and only his second fight outside of Thailand. He made his international debut last year, when he scored a career best win by stopping Akihiro Kondo in 5 rounds in Tokyo. Sadly since that big win he has fought just a solitary stay busy fight, beating Yosmar Kefi of Indonesia last July.
The bout will be shown on ESPN+ in the US, and will also be shown in the UK and in Thailand, though the broadcasters for those countries have yet to be confirmed.
According to Mike Coppinger a date and venue has been agreed for the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight world title bout between unbeaten champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) mandatory challenger Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong.
According to the Thai's the bout will be taking place on a Top Rank promoted show at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on May 2nd.
The bout will be Downua's first outside of Asia, and if the details are right it would give the unbeaten 23 Thai a chance to join a very small list of Thai's to win a world title in Europe. He is however, a huge under-dog and Taylor, the unified world champion and WBSS winner, will be a very clear favourite, especially with home advantage.
A press conference is expected in the near future to confirm the bout.
Earlier today the purse bids for the IBF Light Welterweight bout between world champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) and unbeaten Thai Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, went ahead, with Downua's co-promoter Sampson boxing putting in the winning bid.
Sampson boxing, who co-promote Downua with Kiatkreerin, bid $1,320,000 for the rights to host the fight, pipping Taylor's promoter Top Rank, who bid $1,260,000. The winning bid will be split with 65% of the purse going to the champion and the challenger taking the other 35%.
Interestingly it was Sampson boxing who pushed for the purse bids for the fight, and came in strong with their bid, with Sampson calling for the purse bid process on January 14th.
Reports are that Sampson will be looking to host the bout in the UK, though it's worth noting that Downua's other co-promoter, Kiatkreerin, had stated they were hoping to get the fight staged in Thailand, where their man would have a significant advantage.
Although boxing isn't as profitable in Thailand as it is in some countries Thailand is unlike any other country in boxing, and has the most obvious advantages for a local fighter. Whilst every country has questionable decisions no other country makes it an art form in giving their fighters the best chance of success. Fights in Thailand are often fought out doors, in blistering heat, his levels of humidity, in the middle of the day, with visiting fighters often put up in questionable hotels. An away fighter, in Thailand, is put in a very awkward position, explaining why Kiatkreerin would want the fight at home.
The UK however would bring more money to the table, and Sampson could be seeing the bout as a chance to make a short term profit by holding it in the UK and building on Taylor's WBSS win, whilst also upsetting Top Rank in the process.
We expect to see a lot more details about regarding the plans for the bout to be revealed in the coming days.
Earlier today Kiatkreerin Promotion, the Thai promotional company Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, posted on their social media that they would be heading to purse bids for the mandatory title fight between their man Josh Taylor (16-0, 12).
Apparently negotiations between the two sides haven't reached an agreement, and with Taylor recently linking up with Top Rank and Downua doing the same with Samson Boxing, things do seem to have gotten a lot more complicated.
The purse will take place at the IBF offices on January 24th, with the champion taking home 65% of the purse and the challenger taking the other 35%.
Despite Taylor now being backed by the very powerful Top Rank, Kiatkreerin did seem pretty confident in bringing the bout to Thailand, with the suggestion being that they will make a hefty bid to get the rights to host the fight.
It should be noted that Taylor, the IBF an WBA "super" champion, is expected to be lined up for a 4 title unification bout with Jose Carlos Ramirez, if he keeps his titles. With that in mind it's unlikely he'd vacate the IBF belt, though if the bout does end up being won by the Thai's time there is a chance he'll drop the IBF belt. The likeliness however, is that the bout will probably end up being staged in either the US or the UK, with Top Rank expected to put in the highest bid an ensure they keep the control of the bout, and the 4 titles at the weight.
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