Yesterday in Thailand there was an interesting show in Rangsit, which was aired on TV channel True4U. The card was certainly not a massive one, but was certainly one worthy of note with a world champion on it, an interesting regional title bout and a man tipped as one to watch, all featuring on the event,
The show kicked off with WBC Minimumweight champion Petchmanee CP Freshmart (36-1, 23), aka Panya Pradabsri, picking up his first win since becoming a world champion late last year. The talented Thai was in a stay busy fight against an over-matched, and very young looking, local fighter. The local youngster put up a brave effort but was stopped in 4 rounds as the world champion slowly went through the gears and shook off some ring rust.
The second bout was a much more interesting contest as Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy (2-0), who is listed on boxrec as Phetmorakot Wor Sangpraphai or Nopphadon Darunphan, picked up a decision win against Elias Klopp (0-1)*. The talented Phetmorakot has made a name for himself in Muay Thai, where he has won various titles and is regarded as one of the best in the sport. He won this one pretty clearly, though Klopp proved his toughness and managed to fight back in what was an entertaining back and forth bout.
Whilst the strong Muay Thai background makes Phetmorakot one to watch straight away he's also a notable "big guy" for a Thai, and is fighting at Light Middleweight, a division not typically associated with Thai fighters.
In the main event of the show fans saw Kongfah CP Freshmart (36-1-1, 18) defeat Thai veteran Wittawas Basapean (34-16-1, 12), aka Samartlek Kokietgym, in a very fan friendly 10 round bout for a regional WBC title at Super Flyweight. On paper this looked like a mismatch, and in fairness the result was never in doubt with Kongfah easily taking the rounds to secure the decision. Despite that Samartlek was always throwing shots back and managed to put up a great effort in a clear decision loss. From the off this was a highly entertaining bout and one of the best bouts so far this year in Thailand.
As a result of this win Kongfah is now 22-0-1 (10) since his 2015 loss to Daigo Higa for the WBC Youth Flyweight title. As for Samartlek this is a 7th straight loss, but he has continued to prove his value to Thai boxing and whether he wins or loses he always puts up a legitimate effort and comes to fight. Sadly though he is a long way from his prime, which saw him challenge both Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi for world titles, back in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
*Klopp's record is unknown but it's assumed this was his boxing debut at the time of writing.
Last November we saw long reigning WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (54-1, 18) [วันเฮง มีนะโยธิน], aka Chayaphon Moonsri, lose his title in an upset loss to Petchmanee CP Freshmart (35-1, 22), aka Panya Pradabsri. Following that title win Panya has been quiet, and there's been little said about what's next for him, as Thailand continues to try and stay on top of the Covid19 situation.
Today however Panya's team have spoken about what's next for him, and it's going to be a fight in March, however it will not be his first title defense.
According to the excellent Komthai, a brilliant site for Thai boxing news, Panya will be back in action in a warm up bout on March 6th, with the bout being helped at a contracted 117lbs, well above his usual fighting weight. The opponent will be a fellow Thai with the bout being scheduled for 6 rounds.
Whilst Panya will certainly be a major draw for the show he isn't the only notable name on the event. Another noteworthy fighter on the show will be Kongfah CP freshmart (35-1-1, 18), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, who we believe will be facing off with Wittawas Basapean (34-15-1, 12) [วิทวัส บาซาเปียน] aka Samartlek Kokietgym WBC Asia Super Flyweight title. Although not the big bout for international fans, this is a genuinely interesting match up, and should be an entertaining one, given the styles of the two men involved.
The show will be aired on on TV channel True4U and will take place between 18:00 and 20:00 local time, with the event being held in Pathum Thani province, in Thailand.
Just over a week ago we saw the announcement that there would be boxing in Christmas day in Thailand, with Petch CP Freshmart (58-1, 43), aka Tasana Salapat, defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against fellow Thai Kongfah Nakornluang (33-3, 21), aka Chaiwat Buatkrathok.
Sadly that show was cancelled yesterday when the promoter announced the event was pulled due concerns about Covid19, and how the event could lead to an increase in case numbers.
Thailand, which has kept numbers under control remarkable well for such a populated country, has seen some very high numbers in recent days compared to what it have been seeing through much of 2020, and the promotional company along with the sponsors realise it's not worth the risk.
Although the bout is cancelled, we wouldn't be surprised to see the bout end up being re-arranged for 2021, as it's the sort of fun match up that could help set Petch up for a second shot at one of the bigger international names.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see once beaten Thai youngster Wanchana Menayothin (16-1, 9) battle against Thai based Moroccan novice Omar El Ouers (0-1-1) in a bout for the lightly regarded WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Featherweight title.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and medical check ups.
Thankfully both men passed the medical with no issues, and both men also made the 130lb weight limit, though it does seem that specific weights for both men haven't been made public.
For the 21 year old Wanchana the bout will see him looking to claim his second professional title, following a short reign as the WBC Youth Intercontinental champion back in 2017. It will also serve as the first title bout for El Ouers, who only made his debut earlier this year.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it will be shown on Thai CH7 HD from 13:45 local time. Others set for the show include the world ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana (57-1, 42) and Kongfah CP Freshmart (33-1-1, 16), both of whom are expected to have simple wins in stay busy bouts.
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand saw WBC Asia Diamond Super Bantamweight champion Kongfah CP Freshmart (31-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, retain his title as he took a decision over rugged Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-44-8, 6).
On paper the bout was a mismatch but, as we've seen from Berwela in the past, this wasn't completely one sided with Berwela doing enough to take a few rounds from the Thai.
Berwela applied pressure early on, though Kongfah neutralised it with good movement and boxing. Kongfah tried to control the tempo and pace though was always under pressure and his clean and accurate punches, couldn't back Berwela up. To his credit however the Thai was landing the better single blows, and it was those that were catching the eye of the local judges. It was also worth noting the Thai actually suffered an injury early on to one of his arms, which made it harder for him to back Berwela up, or get the Filipino's respect.
After 10 rounds all 3 judges had it 97-93, though the scores don't do justice to how hard the Thai had to work to earn the win.
(Image courtesy of Petch Yindee Boxing Promotion / Komthai.com)
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