Earlier today in Thailand fight fans had a couple of notable bouts to tune into on a Galaxy Promotion card. They weren't big bouts, but they were certainly notable contests.
The lesser of the two bouts saw novice professional Theeraphan Polsongkarm (2-0, 1) impressively defeating former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-13-1, 19) in a bout for the WBA Asia South Bantamweight title. This was a massive step up in class for Theeraphan, who debuted in March against Suor Carryboy, that didn't seem to phase the youngster who let Inthanon come to him and countered brilliantly early on.
As the bout went on Theeraphan began to turn the tables more, coming forward more and backing up the veteran and then sending him down to the canvas in round 7 following a brutal combination. Inthanon was concious but was a beaten man, and took the 10 count.
It should be noted that Theeraphan was listed on Thai TV as being 11-0 (8) entering the bout, and was referred to as Oscar Master Toddy Gym.
The other notable bout on this card saw former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (42-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, easily retain his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Filipino foe Junjesie Ibgos (13-5, 11).
The Thai looked the boss through out and sent Ibgos down with a left hook to the body mid way through 2. Ibgos got back to his feet but was sent down a second time, taking the full count on this occasion.
The hope in Thailand is for Teerachai to land a big fight in the near future, but this really won't have prepared him for anyone of note, sadly.
This coming Saturday is a truly hectic day for fight fans in Asia, with notable cards in Japan, Philippines and Thailand.
The headline bout from Thailand will see former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 30) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, defending his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Filipino foe Junjesie Ibgos (13-4, 11).
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales Teerachai was 154lbs whilst Ibgos was slightly lighter, scaling 152lbs.
The chief support bout for this card will see Theeraphan Polsongkarm (1-0) take on former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-12-1, 19). These two also made weight for their contest, which will take place at Bantamweight.
For fans wanting to watch this card it will be televised on Thai channel 31 from 15:15 local time.
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Last November we saw Japanese fighter Hirofumi Mukai (15-5-3, 5) [向井 寛史] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, with a second round win against former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-10-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง].
Today the two men had a rematch, and were again fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific crown.
Sadly for the Thai visitor his effort today was evn worse than in their first bout, and he failed to even last a round today against Mukai.
The Japanese fighter started fast and dropped Inthanon within seconds. The Thai got up and looked to continue but he looked sluggish and was unable to keep Mukai away, with the Japanese fighter dropping the Thai again. This time was the end with the bout lasting a total of 93 seconds!
With the loss it's hard to see what Inthanon still has to offer the sport, and although he's a former world title challenger his career looks to be about done. For Mukai the win keeps him relevant but it does seem like he will have a target on his back for a rising contender at 115lbs, and could well lose the title in his first defense, as he did in his last reign.
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Earlier today the Muto gym announced their next big card, which will take place on December 3rd at the EDION Arena Osaka, and feature 4 title bouts, includng a title unification bout.
One of those bouts will see Masahiro Sakamoto (10-1, 6) [坂本 真宏] attempt to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title, in his second shot at the belt, as he takes on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง]. For Sakamoto this will be his second title fight, having lost a bout for this very title last November against current WBO world chamoion Sho Kimura. Interestingly Kwanthai was preparing to face Sakamoto earlier this year for the WBO Asia Pacific title, before Kimura got the call to fight the then WBO world champion Zou Shiming.
Another of the bouts will see Hirofumi Mukai (14-5-3, 4) [向井 寛史] battle against Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-9-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] for the WBO Asia Pacific title, which has previously been held by Mukai. The bout, between former world title challengers, is really a must win for both fighters with neither really able to take another loss if they are to remain relevant. For Mukai the bout will be his second since being stopped by Rex Tso earlier this year whilst Inthanon will be seeking to avenge his 2016 loss to Mukai, who stopped him last year. Tha Thai is 0-2 in Japan and will be hoping to make it third time lucky in the Land of the Rising Sun.
In another bout we'll see Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) defend his OPBF Bantamweight title on against Japan's Seizo Kono (19-8-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what will be Yap's second defense of the title and comes on the back of his incredible cone-back against Kentaro Masuda. For Kono the bout will be his his second title, with his only other one being a battle with Rey Vargas for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title back in 2013. The bout should be a really interesting one, and much better than the records of the two men suggest. A win for Yap would almost certainly improve his world rankings and help him get a long pursued world title fight, though he will likely need another win or two given the depth at Bantamweight right now.
The final bout, and technically the main event of the show, will see the heavy handed Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] in a bout which not only be for Tyson's OPBF Middleweight title, but also the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title, with the winner unifying the two titles. For Tyson this bout will be his second defense whilst Akiyama will be getting his will be getting his second title fight, after having challenged Akio Shibata for the Japanese and OPBF titles back in 2015. The winner here may find themselves sneaking into WBO world rankings, and potentially beginning moving towards a world title fight.
Whilst it's yet to be confirmed it's expected that we'll be able to see this card on boxingraise, with many other Mutoh shows also on the service. Hopefully this will be confirmed either later ths month or in November and then we'll get the chance to see all 4 title bouts.
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Earlier today Japanese fighter Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3) [向井 寛史] scored the most significant win of his career, and claimed a title in what was his 5th title contest.
The Japanese fighter, who had come up short in World, Japanese and OPBF title fighters, claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title in impressive fashion as he destroyed former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (30-9-1, 18) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] in just 2 rounds.
Mukai took control in the opening round, using his more polished skills and superiour size to seize the initative. In the second round Mukai landed one of the best shots of his career and dropped Inthanon with a left to the body. The Thai gotto his foot but was stopped soon afterwards following a second knockdown.
With the win the once very highly touted Mukai, who holds wins over the likes of Sonny Boy Jaro, Mark John Yap and Konosuke Tomiyama, claimed his first title but it seems to have just whet his appetite and he has indicated that he wants to win a Japanese title next. For Inthanon the bout likely ends his career as a world level contender, and sees him losing some of the good will that his bout again Kohei Kono, earlier this year, earned him. Given that he took a battering from Kono andstill saw the final bell the ending here was very surprising.
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