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.
Earlier today TL Boxing Promotions confirmed that Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน] was not going to be able to compete in a scheduled bout set for September 26th against the unbeaten Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม].
The 16 year old sensation was sadly forced to pull out due to a back injury that has hampered his preparation for the bout. Rather than risk his health the promoter for the event have looked elsewhere to find a fitting replacement and have managed to come up with a good one, given the limited time frame.
The replacement to take on Atchariya will be veteran Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-6, 10) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon, with the two men clashing for the WBA Asia South Welterweight title.
Whilst it's a shame that Phoobadin is out of this bout, which seemed a brilliant test on paper, we're glad to see a good looking bout take it's place, and one with a bit of history.
Back in 2018 Atchariya took a very thin majority decision over Kaewfah on a WP Boxing event. It was, and still is, the biggest win of his career. Sadly he has actually only fought twice since that win, having been arrested in 2019, on route to facing Andy Hiraoka, on drug charges. Those charges collapsed earlier this year, and the unbeaten Atchariya has decided to continue his boxing career, and try to get his career back on track of 31 and having lost 2 years of career.
Kaewfah will obviously be looking to avenge his loss to Atchariya, but since that loss he has gone 2-2, and has been stopped in his last 2 bouts. He is also the naturally smaller man and, at 34 years old, the older man.
Given the late replacement nature of the bout, and the history between the two men, and Atchariya's out of the ring issues, we do like this bout. It's as good as the originally scheduled bout, but it's certainly not a bad replacement.
For fans wanting to watch this one live, it will be aired on Thairath, Thai channel 32, from 16:10 local time on September 26th. And we think we talk for everyone by wishing Phoobadin a speedy recovery from his injury.
Earier today fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (14-0, 8) [中谷 正義] record his 7th defense of the title, as he out pointed Filipino challenger Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-2, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก]. Sadly despite the win it seemed like he impressed nobody, including himself with a critical view of his own performance after the bout.
The Japanese fighter was the faller taller and rangier fighter, and managed to control the fight by using his size and speed, but struggled to ever break through the defenses of the Thai, who mae it clear he hadn't come to just roll over. Instead of coming to lose Kaewfah fought intelligently, looking to land single right hand counters on the champion, who never really looked comfortable.
The challenger, who was a smarter fighter than some that Nakatani had been fighting recently, did enough early on to be in the fight after 4, with the scores being 39-37, twice for Nakatani and 38-38. But from there on he slid behind, not winning anything until round 8, by which point Nakatani was in a comfortable lead. A lead that he would kep to the final bell when he was awarded the decision, with scores of 118-110, 116-113 and 115-113
Although the champion was frustrated at himself for failing to crack the Kaewfah code, he seemed to take some positives and it's clear that he will be looking to move onwards and upwards. Sadly though it's unclear if he keeps defending this title or looks to change things up, though it does seem like something needs a change after this relatively flat performance.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Tomrrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] defending his title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], in what will be the next step towards the winner getting a potential world title fight later in the year.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men made weight.
On the scales Nakatani was 135lbs, bang on the limit, and although he seemed confident of recording his 7th defense of the title there was some questioning how well he had made weight, with some stating that he wasn't looking at his best. It also looked like he had a small bit of marking under his left eye and question marks have been raised by some about his camp for the fight.
The Thai was marginally lighter, coming in at 134.7lbs, and looked in good shape, and was confident of taking the Orientlal title back to Thailand. Although a win for Kaewfah would be a major upset his confidence was alarmign and it's obvious that he's not travelled to just roll over.
Nakatani takes on Kaewfah in defense of Oriental crown
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp
A few days ago wereported that KTV would be airing the up coming world title bout between WBA regular Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15) and Japanese challenger Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼]. Since we reported that it's since been revealed that KTV won't be the only channel airing the bout.
The news now is that KTV's affailited BS channel BS Fuji will also be airing the bout, across Japan for subscribers of the service.
Although not available for free, like KTV, the channel is available across Japan and interestingly the channel looks set to have a slightly longer time slot than the KTV telecast, with BS Fuji showing the bout between 17:00 and 18:25 on Sunday.
Sadly for those set to watch on BS Fuji it does look like it will be a tape delayed broadcast, as KTV are showing the live contest between 16:00 and 16:55, whilst the BS Fuji broadcast doesn't actually start until 17:00 as mentioned. Still for those fans not in Kansai it does give them a chance to watch the bout,even if it's not live.
A bit of brighter news is that therw will be legal live streams for the under-card supporting bouts, including the Japanese Minimumweight title bout between Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] and Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] as well as the OPBF Lightweight title bout between Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] and Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก]. Sadly we've not yet been made aware of where on the internet those bouts will be shown.
Kubo challenges champion Cermeno!
(Image courtesy of BS Fuji)
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