At the start of Friday there was a number of bouts we were really interested in for this weekend. On paper the best of those looked to be an IBF Flyweight eliminator between Giemel Magramo (23-1, 19) and Komgrich Nantapech (25-5, 16), aka Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking. Sadly however that bout was cancelled today, due to Komgrich coming down with a medical issue.
Originally it was unclear what the problem with the Thai was, though it didn't take long for the issue to be revealed as food poisoning, with Thai sources reporting that he had had terrible diarrhea from the issue.
As a result of Komgrich pulling out Magramo will instead face off with countryman Richard Claveras (18-6-2, 15), in what looks like a much less interesting match up for the talented, and very exciting, Magramo.
On the scales both Magramo and Claveras scaled 112lbs, the Flyweight limit,
At the moment it's unclear whether or not Magramo will be granted an IBF mandatory title shot, due to him not being to blame for this bout falling through. For Komgrich however it's certainly an unfortunate way to lose out on an eliminator, who also pulled out of an eliminator in 2018 due to injury in the build up to a bout against Masayuki Kuroda.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
In the UK Boxnation have had a hard time keeping subscribers happy. It's a shame the channel has been faltering for so long, but yet this weekend they have managed to pick up a cracking card from the Philippines, really rewarding those loyal fans who have stuck with the channel through thick and thin.
The card in question will be headlined by Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) taking on fellow Filipino Pedro Taduran (13-2, 10) in a bout for the IBF Minimumweight title. The bout, the third all-Filipino world title fight in the space of 18 months, is an excellent match up and will be one of the few Minimumweight world title bouts shown on UK TV this year.
Despite the main event being good there is a feeling that the co-feature, also set to be aired on Boxnation, could outshine it.
That co-feature is an IBF Flyweight world title eliminator between Giemel Magramo (23-1, 19) and former world title challenger Komgrich Nantapech (25-5, 16), aka Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking. We wouldn't be surprised if this ended up being the bout of the weekend.
Magramo and Nantapech set for Flyweight eliminator thriller!
Salva and Taduran face off for IBF title
Earlier this month Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] left Japan for Thailand, to take part in a training camp alongside WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔], who is preparing for mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成] ahead of their September bout.
It's now been revealed that Kuroda isn't just in Thailand to help Kimura prepare but to also prepare himself ahead of a world title eliminator in Thailand in November.
Earlier this week Kuroda's promoter, Shosei Nitta of the Nitta gym in Kawasaki, revealed that Kuroda would be facing off with former world title challenger Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking (24-5, 15) [ตะวัน BTU เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Komgrich Nantapetch on November 21st in an IBF Flyweight title eliminator.
For the Japanese fighter, who is a former WBA title challenger and a 2-weight national champion, the bout opens the door to him potentially getting a world title fight in 2019. If he can over-come the Thai it would be his 7th straight win, following notable recent victories over Takuya Kogawa, Katsunori Nagamine and Akinori Hoshino, and see him to world level for the first since a February 2013 loss to Juan Carlos Reveco. Interestingly this will only be Kuroda's second bout outside of Japan, his first since a 2015 loss to Mario Andrade in Mexico and it will likely see him vacating the Japanese Flyweight title, leaving it open for Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] to fight for the belt before the end of 2018.
For the Thai, who lost in an IBF title fight in 2017 to Donnie Nietes then lost in an eliminator to the aforementioned Reveco, the bout would see him throwing his hat straight back into the IBF title mix. Interestingly since losing to Reveco Eaktwan has only scored a couple of low key wins, but the IBF have put a lot of weight into his IBF Pan Pacific title win against Naoki Mochizuki back in February. He has good experience at this level and is, notably, 23-0 when fighting in Thailand, where this bout will be staged
The winner of this will become the leading challenger to the newly crowned IBF world champion Moruti Mthalane, and should see them securing a shot before the end of next year.
(Image courtesy of Shosei Nitta's blog)
According to sources in Argentina Eaktawan BTU Ruaviking (22-4, 15) [ตะวัน BTU เรือไวกิ้ง], AKA Komgrich Nantapech, has booked himself an IBF Flyweight world title eliminator on August 18th, as he takes on former world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (38-3, 19) in Mendoza, Argentina.
The bout will decide the mandatory challenger for the IBF title, currently held by Filipino Donnie Nietes who won the title when he defeated the Thai earlier this year.
For Eaktwan the bout is his first outside of Asia, and sees him look to bounce back from his loss to Nietes back in April, when he had competitive moments against the Filipino. Prior to that loss he had been in good form winning 15 in a row with 11 stoppages. The competition might not have been great but included decent fighters like Takayuki Okumoto and Jenny Boy Boca.
As for Reveco, the former WBA Flyweight and WBA Light Flyweight champion, this will be his third fight since being stopped at the end of 2015 by Kazuto Ioka. The loss was his sole stoppage defeat, and his second loss to Ioka. In his last two bouts he has racked up clear decisions, but has been taking on limited opposition and this does look like a step back up in class for the 33, soon to be 34, year old Argentinian veteran.
For those interested this bout will be televised on TYC Sports.
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