Earlier today sources in Thailand reported that Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5) would be facing a chance of opponent on December 5th as original opponent Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16), aka Sarawut Thawornkham, had suffered an injury in training ahead of their December 5th bout on WP Boxing.
Thankfully it didn't take Nakornluang long to find a suitable replacement, with former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41) stepping in to replace Dennapa
We'll admit we were really excited by the original match up, and it looked like a serious test for the Thai youngster, who seemed like he was set for a very credible step up in class. It's a shame to see that bout being cancelled, especially at such short notice. However seeing Kompayak as the replacement opponent really does ease some of the disappointment of Dennapa pulling out.
We've seen Kompayak fighting twice this year, and although he has lost both of his bouts he has been a stubborn, aggressive opponent, and isn't turning up for a pay day. He gave Thananchai Charunphak a good test in March and was hungry to upset the naturally bigger Nonthatish Petchnamthong in October. We expect to see him showing his aggression and hunger here against Phonsaphon in what could be a bit of a hidden gem.
This will also be Phongsaphon's third bout of the year and he will be looking to secure his third stoppage of 2020, following low key wins over Sophon Klachun and Arthit Kaewbantid.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, and the entire show, it'll be available on the WP Boxing Facebook and YouTube pages.
Earlier today in Thailand TL Promotion held their latest show. Although it wasn't the biggest, best or most notable it was a card headlined by a very, very interesting match up and the pay way to kick off a very busy day of boxing.
That main event saw novice professional Nonthasith Petchnamthong (2-0) take a monster step up in class to take on former WBC Light Flyweight world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41), who is past his best but still a nightmare of an opponent.
The 26 year old Nonthasith, who only debuted in August when he beat Arnon Yupang, was under pressure from the off. Porpramook, also known as Suriyan Satorn, was on the offensive straight away, taking the center of the ring and pressing the novice from the opening. It was the typical Kompayak gameplan, and the type of thing that has made him a cult star with the hardcore fans of the lower weights.
Sadly for Kompayak his pressure wasn't always the most effective. Often he was too slow, showing his age, and under-sized, with this bout coming at Bantamweight. The former world champion caught Nonthasith plenty, but could never really dent him, and as the fight went on Nonthasith's youth, energy and work rate began to see him rack up round after round.
Kompayak was shaken once or twice in the middle to late rounds, but never badly hurt. In fact the only real time either man was in any real discomfort was when Nonthasith took one low. Even then he shook it off rather quickly and resumed control of the bout.
After 10 rounds it was a clear win for Nonthasith, but one he had to work for, every round. It was an impressive win for a second professional bout, and a real, genuine test.
As for Kompayak, he has proven, again, that he is one of the most under-rated, fan friendly, fighters out there and a true servant to Thai boxing. The 38 year old is certainly coming to the end of his career, but with energetic, hungry performances like this, we do hope he sticks around a bit long as he still manages to make really fun contests and always give his all. A lot more than can be said for some fighters out there.
Earlier today in Chognqing, China, fans saw Wenfeng Ge (12-1, 6) [葛文峰] dominate Thai veteran, and former world champion, Kompayak Porpramook (60-8, 41) over 12 rounds to claim the WBO Global Flyweight title.
The Chinese fighter, who was fighting for the first time since losing his unbeaten record to Giemel Magramo, was in control from the open round with a relentless assault. The shots weren't hard on a 1-punch basis from the Chinese fighter but the sheer volume was sensational as he looked to break down and beat up the tough Kompayak.
To his credit Kompayak, who has always been incredibly rugged, took his blows and always came forward, but the body shots slowed him down to the point where Ge was able to almost do as he pleased.
After 12 rounds of almost complete control Ge took the decision 120-108, twice, and 119-109.
For Ge this was the perfect performance to get back to winning ways, following what was a beat down at the hands of Magramo in January.
Sadly for Kompayak, who is best known for winning the WBC Light Flyweight title in a war with Adrian Hernandez, this was a clear fight where his age and wear and tear showed. the 37 year has now lost 3 of his last 4, also losing in January to Jing Xiang, and it's hard to know whether or not these sorts of losses are going to do his career, or health, any good. We assume he's being paid well for them, but they seem a touch unnecessary for someone who is clearly just a shell, albeit a tough shell, of what he once was.
Other results from this card included a 5th round TKO win for Chunlei Lin (10-3, 3), who stopped Filipino Galih Susanto (17-10-1, 4) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council silver Super Bantamweight title. There was also a very entertaining, and 1-sided, 5th round TKO win for Ruidong Zhou (4-1, 1) against Xiong Xiao (0-1)
We ended 2018 with a couple of Light Flyweight world title fights, with Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] winning the WBA "super" title and Kenshiro [拳四朗] retaining the WBC title. Today we kicked off 2019 with a WBC "Silver" title fight, as China's Jing Xiang (16-4-2, 3) [向静] over-came former WBC world champion Kompayak Porpramook (59-7, 40) [คมพยัคฆ์ ป.ประมุข], aka Suriyan Satorn, and made his first defense of the Silver belt.
The fight saw the Chinese fighter have the perfect start. Xiang started fast behind his quick jab, moved well and made Kompayak look old and slow straight away. The Chinese fighter couldn't miss with his straight right hands to both the head and body of the veteran, who seemed totally unable to cope with the hand speed or the movement of the local through the opening round. The only issue for Xiang was that his shots lacked pop and although he was landing clean the shots never seemed to truly buzz the Thai who ended the round pressing the fight and coming forward.
Kompayak began round 2 by marching forward, pressing the Chinese local and looking to make life really uncomfortable. Xiang, to his credit, used his feet well to avoiding having a tear up with the Thai, and landed the more eye catching blows once again, but this time he was forced to take some in return, and seemed to be momentarily wobbled late in the round.
The pressure of Kompayak seemed to make Xiang realise he wasn't going to have things all his own way unless he made a conscious effort to keep the bout at range. He had success early in round 3 using his reach to create space but by the end of the round the Thai was once again in his face, albeit paying for it with Xiang tagging him with combinations. The Chinese hopeful was again under intense pressure in round 4 as Kompayak looked to turn this into a war, like his sensational first bout with Adrian Hernandez. Jing seemed to bee wanting to out man the veteran and began holding his feet a lot more by the end of round 4, unloading long flurries on the Thai, who looked for big counters. Although it was a round that Xiang won, it was one that he had to work incredibly hard in, and likely took more out of himself than out of the visitor,
Having put so much in round 4 Xiang looked weary in round 5 as Kompayak continued to pressure, landing the heavier shots whilst the Chinese fighter held, struggled to create space and had significantly reduced output. It was clear that things were getting tough for the 29 year old, who would likely have expected an easier task with 36 year old Thai warrior.
By round 6 it seemed like the Thai was himself slowing, his high intensity style seemed less ferocious and Xiang seemed to be able to use his movement to get away before Kompayak could unload his own shots. Having been limited in terms of success in round 6 Kompayak struggled to change things in the first part of round 7, but finished the round with some huge overhand rights and seemed to buzz the Chinese favourite several times in the final minute, a huge minute for the Thai who eaten a monster uppercut earlier in the round before giving Xiang all kinds of hell.
After having been rocked late in round 7 Xiang was back to boxing smartly though much of round 8, moving, using his speed and handcuffing Kompayak with combinations. It was one of the more dominant rounds for the local, though again he was being forced to work hard with Kompayak refusing to back off, despite eating shots from both hands.
In the first minute of round 9 the Thai hit the canvas, it wasn't a knockdown, seemingly called a slip instead, but did seem to be a sign that he was starting to tire and Xiang then began forcing him backwards. For the first time the Thai was starting to feel the shots from Xiang, and was struggling to block any of them. Xiang was sitting on his punches, and really trying to make Kompayak feel them. To his credit the Thai covered up, taking some sting off them, and tried to land the odd counter, but was starting to look like he was coming apart.
With Xiang in the ascendancy heading into round 10 it was clear that Kompayak was going to have to take more risks. sadly for him he began eating cleaner uppercuts from Xiang, who began to see progressively more gaps in the defenses of the Thai. Kompayak was pressing forward, but it was ineffective pressure, in fact if anything it was just making life easier for Xiang as Kompayak walked into punches whilst looking to land his own. Kompayak was again on the wrong end of shots in round 11, as both men slowed. As the pace got slower Xiang had more time to work, more space to think about his next more and more safety knowing that Kompayak was throwing less, and what he was throwing has less on it. Not only was life easier defensively for Xiang but he was also able to land more powerful blows of his own.
Knowing he had to give everything in the final round to have any chance of turning things around Kompayak went to war, summoning everything he had to take the fight to Xiang. He had no option, if he wanted to win. Sadly for him it resulted in him being dropped in the final 30 seconds as Xiang added an exclamation mark to the result.
By the end it was clear Xiang had won, he had easily controlled the bout overall, however that one-sided nature of the fight didn't take away from what was a very early contender for fight of the year. The bout was an action packed throughout, with round 7 and 12 being sensational rounds between the slick skilled local and hard nosed veteran. Despite how one sided the bout was, and how dominant the scores of 120-107, 119-108 and, 119-108
It was an excellent performance from Xiang, and he showed great composure under intense pressure, but it does look like he has some serious way to go before fighting for a world title. As for Kompayak we do wonder if it's maybe time he hangs up the gloves. He's had a long and hard career, with tough bouts against Adrian Hernandez and Koki Eto standing out, and now in his mid 30's it's maybe time he walks away before taking more punishment against the young guns, like he did today.
Our friends in Thailand do manage to get us some interesting rumours, the most recent of which concerns current WBC Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3) who is said to be in negotiations with Thai veteran Kompayak Porpramook (56-5, 38) for a bout in 2016. The bout would be Kimura's first defense of the title, and would see Kompayak fighting his first world title bout since he lost the very same title to Adrian Hernandez, back in October 2012, though he has fought in 2 "interim" title bouts.
Our Sources have informed us that Teiken made the approach to the Thai's camp in the hope of securing Kimura a voluntary defence for early in the year, whilst the WBC sort out the mandatory situation for the title, which is likely to feature Kompayak's former foe Jonathan Taconing (22-2-1, 18).
At the moment the rumour doesn't seem to speculate on a particular date, though we do know Teiken will be looking to host a major televised card in Spring headlined by the popular Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) and it is possible that Teiken may be looking to make that a world title double header with Kumra Vs Kompayak being the co-feature for the show, if that is the case then Kimura will get the chance to expose himself to a huge audience.
Whilst nothing has been mentioned in Japan about this contest the rumour does seem to have legs and may well be worth keeping an eye on. We do however need to note that Kompayak doesn't appear in the latest WBC rankings, however as we all know the rankings can be rather flexible for certain promoters.
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