Earlier today in Bang Phun we got the latest show from the popular WP Boxing series of shows. The card wasn't a massive one, in fact it was one of the weaker shows in recent memory for the series, but it still featured several notable names.
The show kicked off with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (51-1-1, 41) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Nawaphon Kaikanha or Nawaphon Nakornluang Promotions, battling the limited Sophon Klachun (5-6-1, 1) [โสภณ กล้าฉุน] in a scheduled 8 rounder at 120lbs.
From the off Nawaphon marched forward, pressing intently but not really letting his hands go much through the opening round. It was clear he was trying to shake some ring rust and get some rounds under the bag.
As the rounds went on Nawaphon began to let his hands go more, and to be fair Sophon showed some ambition of his own. That ambition was however beaten out of the youngster, who was dropped in rounds 5 and 6. Credit has to go to Sophon for getting up and trying to fight back, but by the it was clear that Nawaphon had finished playing and was looking for the stoppage. Something he seemed to be determined to get and finally scored in roudn 7.
Despite scoring the stoppage Nawaphon was cut, made to look clumsy and really didn't look like a man on the verge of a world title fight. In fact as the bout went on he looked like a very frustrated fighter who just wanted to have a fight. The composure he showed early on went out of the bag when Sophon showed some fight and really this wasn't a particularly good showing from him.
The second bout of note saw Apichet Petchmanee (9-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] retain his WBC Asia Lightweight title with a decision win against veteran Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-8, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon.
From the opening bell Apichet looked calm, relaxed and quick, out boxing Kaewfah at range, using his jab and footwork well to get off first and get away. It clear the men were in totally different levels in terms of skillset. Despite that credit goes to Kaewfah for trying to bring the pressure and make a fight of things. Round after round he trudged forward, walking into shots and showing little respect of Apichet's power.
Sadly the bout lacked drama. As the rounds went on it was clear Kaewfah's pressure simply wasn't enough to get to Apichet, who was happy to box at his pace. This made things rather predictable, and a touch dull, as he eased his way to a clear 10 round unanimous decision.
Despite the win for Apichet, who genuinely never looked in any bother, we don't see him reaching the heights once expected of him. We also don't expect him to take up the recent challenger put his way by teenager Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน]. On this performance Phoobadin would be too good, too strong and too big for Apichet.
Tomorrow is a huge day for Asian fighters with major bouts taking place that will generate a lot of attention, with massive shows in Dubai and Uzbekistan.
Before those big shows however we do get the latest WP Boxing event from Bang Phun in Thailand.
It's on that card that we see unbeaten Thai hopeful Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against the experienced Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men hit the scales at an identical 135lbs.
Coming in to the bout Apichet will be the clear favourite, and will be expected to extend his unbeaten run to 9 straight fights. Saying that however he has struggled in a number of his wins and a loss does appear to be around the corner for him. It's also worth noting that 17 year old Thai sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน], aka Sangarthit Looksaikongdin, has publicly called him out and made it clear he wants Apichet next.
As for Kaewfah, he will be looking to avoid a 4th straight loss. He will enter as a very clear under-dog but may well see this as a potential bout he can win. Especially given the under-whelming nature of Apichet's recent performances.
For fans wanting to watch this, it will be made available on the WP Boxing YouTube and Facebook channels.
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This past weekend we had a really interesting card from Thailand as TL Promotions put on their latest show under "The Fighter" banner. The card featured two noteworthy bouts and both of those bouts were followed up by some pretty interesting news stories.
One of those stories was in regards to a match up between Tanes Ongjunta (8-1, 4) [จอมโว ก.ศักดิ์ลำพูน] and former world champion Kompayak TC Muay Thai (61-12, 41), [คมพยัคฆ์ ทีซีมวยไทย].
According to Komthai this will be Kompayak's final bout and he is now retiring following his long career, which began more than 20 years ago!
Although never a superstar of boxing Kompayak has had incredible career behind him. He has been a credit to Thai boxing, a true stalwart of the Thai scene and the type of fighter who has done so much more in the sport than many realise. He has reached the pinnacle of the sport, winning the WBC Light Flyweight in 2011, featured in instant classics, against Adrian Hernandez and Koki Eto, he has fought on the road, and has gone on to help bring the new generation of Thai fighters through.
The other news story regards teenage prospect Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน], aka Sangarthit Looksaikongdin, who defeated former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-8, 41) [ชลธาร อ.พิริยะภิญโญ], aka Suriya Tatakhun, over the weekend.
Following his win Phoobadin appeared to call out Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี], who's in action on April 3rd defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon. In all honest there isn't too much competition left in Thailand for Phoobadin and Apichet is one of the very few interesting match ups left at home for him. Given his call out was public there is real hope this bout will take place.
Outside of Apichet the only other potential bouts for the unbeaten Phoobadin at home are bouts against Thai based Dutchman Nick Frese (10-1, 8), the aforementioned Kaewfah Tor Buamas, former Apichet foe Musheg Adoian (7-3, 7), who's a Thai based Armenian, and former world title challenger Downua Ruawaiking (16-1, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong. Outside of that small number of men he will need to begin looking at international opponents.
Earlier today WP Boxing announced the details regarding their next show, which will take place on April 3rd at the Work Point Studio, in Bang Phun. It's not a stacked card, and it's not a show that will streamed on DAZN like their March show, but it is a show that features several notable fighters competing on it and will be streamed for free on YouTube by Workpoint themselves.
The show will open with former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Nawaphon Kaikanha or Nawaphon Nakornluang Promotions, taking on Sophon Klachun (5-5-1, 1) [โสภณ กล้าฉุน]. This bout will take place at 120lbs and is essentially a stay busy bout for Nawaphon, who missed out on a WBC world title bout due to Covid19.
The second bout is essentially the main event here and will see the unbeaten Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon. This will be the third defense for Apichet and will see him looking to build on two wins last year over Musheg Adoian. For Kaewfah the bout will see him looking to end a 3 fight losing run.
As well as the two bouts mentioned above, there will also be 2 more bouts on the card, both featuring novices.
Just moments ago in Thailand we saw the unbeaten Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (13-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม] make a successful return to the ring after more than 2 years out of action.
The unbeaten Thai returned triumphantly, taking a 10 round decision victory over Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon, in a rematch of a 2018 bout between the men.
The bout wasn't the most exciting but, on the whole, Atchariya was busier, quicker and stronger than his countryman over the course of the 10 round bout. Kaewfaw, the naturally smaller man, did give a legitimate effort, but wasn't able to quite match up with Atchariya.
Whilst the action in the ring wasn't too notable there were two interesting sub stories surrounding the bout.
One of those was the fact Kaewfah took the bout on relatively short notice, jumping in at around 3 weeks notice after 16 year old prodigy Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน] was forced to pull out due to injury. Due to the change in opponent Phoobadin's WBA Asia title wasn't on the line, but the WBA Asia South title was, with Atchariya now the proud holder of that belt.
The other sub story was the redemption of Atchariya, who's break from the ring was down to legal issues. He was actually arrested at a Thai airport last year, on route to a fight in Japan, due to links to a series of drug crimes. He was released early this year, with the case completely falling apart. He was only released a few months ago, but has rededicated himself to boxing and this win is a great sign that his head back in the sport.
Sadly whilst Atchariya did score a win here it can't make up for the 2 years of his career that were lost due to what appears to have been a wrongful arrest.
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