When we talk about unlucky fighters it's hard to ignore unbeaten Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) who travelled over to Japan in October, sat through 2 weeks of quarantine in Japan, whilst preparing for a bout with Ring Magazine and WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
That bout was cancelled after the weigh in when Kyoguchi tested positive for Covid19, and Simsri ended up returning to Thailand on Christmas eve. Sadly for him, and his team, they again had to quarantine for 2 weeks.
The youngster will return to his hometown of Sisaket in a few days time and the plan is then for begin preparations for his next bout.
The general plan is is that Simsri will fight in early 2021 in a tune up bout, before returning to Japan to face Kyoguchi, who is contractually obliged to fight Simsri unless the WBA order a mandatory challenger for the Japanese fighter.
Given Simsri and his team have now spend 4 weeks from the last 4 and a bit months in quarantine, due to no fault of their own, it's hard not to have some sympathy for the Thai youngster and his trainers who really have been incredibly unlucky recently.
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Back in November we had been expected to see WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] defending his title against unbeaten Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12). Sadly however that bout was cancelled on the day of the event when Kyoguchi tested positive for Covid19.
The hope, then, was to re-arrange the bout for December 26th, but that failed to materialise and instead Simsri and his team decided that he would stay in Japan until December 24th then head back over to Thailand.
Today Simsri took part in an online press conference where he spoke about the future.
At that press conference Simsri was joined by Masaya Motoishi, the chairman of the Green Tsuda gym who act as Simsri's Japanese promoter. Interestingly Motoishi stated that there is an agreement between Simsri and Kyoguchi's team for the Thai to get a world title fight next year "We have signed a document that Tanon Sack will play a world title match as the first candidate for Kyoguchi." [Translated].
Apparently that should happen in Spring, as long as the WBA don't order a mandatory for Kyoguchi. However no date has been set aside for it as of yet.
Since being in Japan Simsri has obviously been disappointed, missing out on getting a shot in 2020 after spending 10 in quarantine in October, but he has apparently been staying busy. This has been seen with him sparring the Green Tsuda gym fighters who are set to be in action on December 27th and Motoishi has stated "I feel he has become mentally stronger. I felt that he would definitely be a world champion in the near future." [Translated]
Simsri is now expected to go back to Thailand tomorrow, and begin preparing for a bout in February, before facing Kyoguchi later in 2021. He himself stated "I'm sorry I couldn't play this time, but Kyoguchi got well soon and I'm sure to play next year. Let's do it" [Translated]
Whilst this has obviously been a frustrating time for the Thai it's fair to suggest that he has certainly learned tough lessons about the boxing world, and come through with his hunger still intact. Fingers crossed we see that hunger on the big stage next year, and we dare say that the delay to his world title shot will actually serve him well, allowing him time to mature and get some extra high level training before facing Kyoguchi.
Matchroom Press release:
Undefeated WBA light flyweight world super champion Hiroto Kyoguchi has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. The Japanese star (14-0, 9 KOs), who is managed by Eddy Reynoso, won the IBF 105lb world title by outpointing Jose Argumendo in July 2017, before making two defenses against Carlos Buitrago and Vince Paras.
27-year-old Kyoguchi was crowned a two-weight world champion when he stopped Hekkie Budler in ten rounds in December 2018 to earn the WBA light flyweight belt, and has since made two successful defenses against Tanawat Nakoon and Tetsuya Hisada.
“I am confident that I will give it my all and show honor in this sport as a proud Japanese world champion,” said Kyoguchi. “I’m ready!”
“I’m delighted to welcome two-division world champion and Ring Magazine king Hiroto Kyoguchi to the Matchroom Boxing team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “As we continue our global expansion we welcome our first Japanese world champion to Matchroom and look forward to our first show there in 2021. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with him and his manager Eddy Reynoso.”
“It is an honor to work with the best promoter in the world in Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing,” said Eddy Reynoso of No Boxing No Life management. “Thanks also to Hiroto Kyoguchi for having the confidence to let me represent him. We look forward to a big future together.”
Yesterday we reported that the planned WBA Light Flyweight "Super" title bout, between unbeaten champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and Thai challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) would not be taking place this year. Today that was confirmed by Watanabe Gym who have explained things from their side.
The gym had been hoping to fit the bout in December, after needing to cancel the contest in November due to Kyoguchi suffering from Covid19. The champion took time away from the gym to isolate before getting back to training. He then took further time away from the gym when he was feeling unwell in mid-November.
Watanabe have stated that due to new changes from the JBC and JPBA, which have been brought in to strengthen the response to covid19, the bout has been impossible to rescheduled.
The Tokyo based Watanabe gym have released the following statement:
"Thanks to Tanongsak Simsri and his Seconds, who came to Japan from Thailand in October to overcome the difficult isolation life, and Masaya Motoishi, the Chairman of Green Tsuda Boxing Gym, who worked hard every day. We apologize for the inconvenience. We have already paid the cancellation fee and expenses to the other party, and in the future, after making a firm agreement between the two parties, the players will return to Thailand." [Translated]
Following Komthai's article on Monday it appears the two sides have now come to an agreement on payments and the hope still seems to be to reschedule the bout for 2021. Sadly though, it's very unclear on whether the new changes from the JBC and JPBA will actually even allow notable, big scale boxing events in the new year, and what we may end up seeing is a lot of promoters putting shows off for the foreseeable future. Several promoters have shown concern for the changes, and we suspect there may be pushback in the new year from several gyms who will struggle through the new changes.
Earlier today the good folk over at Komthai reported that the rumoured December 26th date for the cancelled bout between WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人] and unbeaten challenger Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12) will not become a reality and the bout will not take place this year.
The Thai fighter, who has been in Japan since October with trainer Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, is now set to return to Thailand on December 24th.
From the report on Komthai it seems the plan is to petition the WBA to order Simsri Vs Kyoguchi to take place in the new year, with Green Tsuda Gym, who co-promote Simsri, helping to file that request and also to complain with the JBC.
Whilst it's interesting to note that Simsri and his team are still pursuing the fight it was also revealed that they are looking to take Simsri to the US and potentially have him make a US debut in the near year, though it's currently unclear if that would affect the WBA title fight or not.
There is obviously disappointment from Simsri about the fight falling through, for now at least, though he is said to have enjoyed his time in Japan, and it's not been a regret being in the country. That however seems to have been mostly down to Green Tsuda chairman Masaya Motoishi, who appears to have done absolutely everything he could to make Simsri's stay in Japan a worthwhile one, including taking him for a ride in a bullet train recently.
Notably there is also, reportedly, an issue with Simsri not getting the money from the Watanabe Gym that he was supposed to be paid for facing Kyoguchi, with the two sides not coming to an agreement on what that payment should be. It seems like Watanabe have paid half of the money, and the two teams are trying to come to an agreement on the remaining half of the purse, which should be paid following Simsri making weight.
Although the last few weeks have been bitterly frustrating for Simsri and his team it's nice to see that they have high spirits and plans are still for Green Tsuda to help him land big opportunities.
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