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.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Over the past few days we've see an announcement regard the OPBF "silver" title at 140lbs.
The announcement was that a Filipino puncher Junjesie Ibgos (11-1, 9) would be battling with Australian Valentine Borg (13-2, 8) for the title, with the two men set to meet on March 4th at the Club Punchbowl in New South Wales. For both men it will be the biggest fight of their career and could, potentially, set up a match up with the destructive Al Rivera, the current OPBF champion.
For 22 year old southpaw Ibgos the bout will be his first outside of the Philippines, and his first title bout. Although heavy handed his last 3 bouts have gone the distance, including a loss to the then unbeaten Jerry Castroverde in early 2015 and a win last time out against William George. Although relatively unproven Ibgos has shown some nasty power on the domestic scene and will be looking to use that power here against Borg to secure the biggest win of his career.
For Borg the bout sees him looking to claim the most notable title of his career, though he has previously held a national title and minor regional titles, including the IBO Asia Pacific Youth title. Notably all his previous titles have been won at Lightweight and this bout will be his first real test as a Light Welterweight. Notably he has twice suffered stoppage losses, including a frightening one back in 2014 to Joebert De los Reyes.
The bout is set to be one of 3 title contests on the show, along with an OPBF "silver" Middleweight title fight between Mark Lucas (7-0, 3) and Samuel Colomban (24-9-1, 11). In theory the winner of this would be set for a shot at Japanese puncher Koki Tyson (11-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝], who will be defending the OPBF title in April.
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