According to reports in Thailand former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (39-7-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] has essentially announced the end of his career.
The second generation Thai fighter has told members of the Thai press that boxing is difficult in the current economy, and that he was going to find a job. He explained that he was proud to have followed in his father's footsteps, by turning professional, even if he didn't become a champion like his father, a former IBF Minimumweight champion.
Although not a star of Thai boxing the 26 year did have a rather remarkable career. He made his debut in 2010, at the age of 17, and in 2013 scored a major upset stopping Ryo Miyazaki. He would later go on to lost to Takuma Inoue, fight to a draw with Tatsuya Fukuhara, lose a controversial world title fight with Katsunari Takayama, fight in an interim world title fight with Milan Melindo and battle in a world title eliminator with Felix Alvarado.
At the moment it's not totally clear what Fahlan will do, and whether this will end up being a permanent retirement of a break from the ring with the door open for a future return, but it's clearly a sign of something we've spoken about in the past. The Thai boxing scene isn't as alive as it once was. It's not dead, but it's certainly damaged to what it was a few short years ago. This also explains why the top Thai's were so inactive in 2019.
(Image courtesy of Komthai)
Today has been a hectic day already in Asian boxing, with shows in the Philippines, Thailand and Kazakhstan all worthy not note. For it was the Thai card that seemed to be the most surprising as a number of notable names were added to it at short notice. Given the short notice none of them were really tested, but there was a few results worthy of note, mostly by fighters looking to bounce back from losses.
The most interesting of the results from the card regarded unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), who was fighting for the 7th time this year. The 19 year old went into the ring having stopped everyone he had faced, but that run came to an end today thanks to the under-rated Lerdchai Chaiyawed (2-4, 1) who survived the 6 round distance. The hard hitting Thanongsak took a comfortable decision but couldn't see off Lerdchai, who has gone the distance with the likes of Ryoki Hirai, Seita Ogido and the hotly tipped Issei Ochiai and holds a vert good win over Samartlek Kokietgym.
Aged 24 we do wonder what Lerdchai could accomplish if a good trainer gets behind him. He's naturally talented, but needs someone to help develop that of his. Whilst it's a shame to see "Srisaket II" go the distance the bout will serve Thanongsak well in terms of his development, and this was clearly a bout where he will have learned a lot about himself.
The most well known fighter on the under-card was former world title challenger Teeraphong Utaida (39-7-1, 21), aka Fahlan Sakkreerin, Jr, who was fighting for the first time since a loss in the Philippines to Jayson Mama in March. He went the 4 round scheduled with Nirun Baonok (5-18, 4), aka Rungniran Korat Sport School, in what is a very disappointing result. Niron has lost 7 in a row now, and was stopped in 3 of hose 7 bouts, so to see him hear the final bell against Fahlan is disappointing.
Thankfully Thanongsak wasn't the only prospect on the card picking up a win, as 28 year old Aran Dipaen (7-2, 6) bounced back from his September loss to Tommy Frank in the UK by stopping Wisitsak Saiwaew (6-9, 5) in the opening round. This isn't an amazing win on paper, but Dipaen did stop Wisitsak quicker than Sho Kimura and Songsaeng Phoyaem. Dipaen is expected to now fight for a regional title in November after getting the confidence building, bounce back win here.
Veteran Komsan Polsan (39-11-1, 25), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, was previously seen in the ring being stopped in 2 rounds by Takeshi Inoue and he today bounced by beating the debuting Witaya Dechkrong (0-1) in 2 rounds, in what was a bit of a farce.
Another fighting rebuilding after a loss was Sitthidet Banti (12-5, 6), aka Denchana Sakkreerin, bounced back from a loss in Japan to Takuma Takahashi by stopping novice Decha Takote (0-3) in the second round. Last time out, just back in August, Sitthidet suffered his first stoppage loss and this was clearly made a confidence builder against a teenager who has been taken out early in all 3 losses now.
Yesterday in China fans were able to see the latest Silk Road tournament show, and it turned out not to be a good one for those with experience, as two well known and experienced fighters were upset by younger, less experience men.
One of those bouts saw former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良] losing a narrow split decision to 19 year old Ukrainian Georgiy Lashko (8-0, 4). Lashko, a real unknown, was a late replacement and was taking a massive step up in class, but was able to over-come his more established Japanese fighter, putting himself, potentially, in the IBF world rankings. At just 19 he could be one to watch, and this could be the end of Takenaka as a notable fighter, even on the regional scene.
The other saw former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (38-7-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and come up short to unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6). Mama, 21, was pretty dominant on the scores cards for this bout, winning 98-92, twice, and 99-91, as he made biggest statement so far. Despite the loss Fahlan's team have apparently not ended their hopes of rebuilding and the experienced 25 year old does still seem to have a lot of hope on his shoulders from his team.
Tomorrow fight fans in China will see former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-3-1, 11) [竹中 良] fighting in the IBF Silk Road Tournament.
Originally he was scheduled to face unbeaten foe Omurbek Malabekov (4-0, 1), however Malabekov is out of the bout, and has been replaced 19 year old Ukrainian Georgiy Lashko (7-0, 4), who is taking a massive step up in class for this bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men came in at 130lbs for the bout.
Also on this card is a match up between Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (38-6-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (11-0, 6). We haven't been given the weights for these two, but we have been told that both made weight for their bout
Earlier today Kiatkreerin announced a show for December 19th, headlined by former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (37-6-1, 21) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์], who will be moving up in weight and begin campaigning at Flyweight.
The full details of the card are currently unclear, but we do know that Fahlan will be fighting against a Filipino opponent in a battle for the IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight title.
The assumption is that Fahlan has out grown the Light Flyweight division, where he has been fighting for the last few years and will settle well at 112lbs, where his body should be at it's best.
Although the details in regards to the actual match ups on the show are scarce we have been informed that Thairath will be showing the contest from 4PM local time on on December 19th.
(Image courtesy of the Kiatkreerin Facebook page)
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