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)
On Friday morning we'll see Kongfah CP Freshmart (30-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, take on rugged Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6).
The bout, which will see Kongfah defending his WBC ASIA Diamond Super Bantamweight title, had it's weigh in earlier today and both men made weight.
On the scales Kongfah had no issues at all in making the 122lb limit and looking strong. Berwela on the other hand was actually over the limit, by almost 2lbs, on his first attempt at making the weight. Thankfully however he would weigh in again and make the limit with no issues his second attempt.
For fans wanting to watch this live the bout will be aired on CH7 HD in Thailand from 13:45 to 15:45 local time, along with several supporting bouts.
(Image courtesy of Petch Yindee Boxing Promotion and Komthai.com)
Earlier this month we reported news form Thailand that once beaten Thai Kongfah CP Freshmart (30-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, was planning to face Filipino Mike Plania (23-1, 12) on January 24th in a truly mouth watering match up.
Sadly that isn't taking place, with Plania no linked to the bout, and instead Kongfah's opponent for the contest is rugged Filipino journeyman Edison Berwela (18-43-8, 6), with Kongfah defending a regional WBC title against Berwela.
On paper this is a massive step backwards for Kongfah from hat was planned, but in fairness it is still a tougher bout than the records suggest.
The Filipino's record doesn't really reflect what he can do. During his 69 fight career he has scored upsets against the likes of Saenganan Sithsaithong, Jetro Pabustan, Rey Juntilla and Robert Udtohan. He has also given good tests to a regional who's who.
This bout will be the main event of another low level Thai card available on Channel 7HD from 13:45 local time.
According to several Thai sources once beaten Thai hopeful Kongfah CP Freshmart (30-1, 16), aka Jakkrawut Majoogoen, will be kicking off his 2020 campaign on January 24th. Whilst that's not particularly interesting it appears his choice of opponent is rather notable, with Thai sites stating that Kongfah will be up against once beaten Filipino Mike Plania (23-1, 12), in what would be a mouth watering match up.
The bout, said to be for the WBC Asia Diamond Super Bantamweight title, is a brilliant one on paper.
The Thai's only loss came early in his career to Daigo Higa, and since then he has reeled off 16 wins. Kongfah has also moved up in weight and claimed the OPBF Silver Super Flyweight title whilst notching wins against the likes of Renz Rosia, Ryoji Fukunaga and Hyuma Fujioka. This is however a big step up for the Thai again a Filipino who's only loss was a very competitive one to Juan Carlos Payano, and since then he has reeled together 8 wins of his own, including 4 in the US.
Whilst reports in Thailand are saying it will be Plania in the corner opposite Kongfah, we do, have some doubts, as the Filipino last fought in December. However two separate sources have reported Plania's name in regards to the bout, and they have both claimed to have had the news from the events promoter.
The fight will take place at the Siam Paradise Entertainment Complex and will be televised on Channel 7HD from 13:45 to 15:00 local time
Earlier today Thailand local fans had the chance to see the once beaten Kongfah CP Freshmart (29-1, 15) [ก้องฟ้า ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] pick up his latest win, as he stopped Japanese visitor Hyuma Fujioka (10-10-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬] in a pretty compelling bout for the WBC Asian Diamond Super Bantamweight title.
Early on the visitor managed to apply pressure. It was a good game plan, but he lacked the skills needed to make the most of it and all too often he was following Kongfah without really letting his hands go. The ineffective pressure showed that Fujioka was there to win, but lacked the ability to really close the distance, whilst Kongfah was able to smartly box on the back foot and win the rounds.
After 4 rounds we had the open scoring, which had Kongfah leading 40-36, twice,and 39-37.
The pressure of Fujioka, and the lack of success it had, began to get turned around and it wasn't long before it was Kongfah pressing the fight, backing up Fujioka. When that happened the Japanese fighter really began to get beaten up. He had a torrid round 8, before the pressure and power of Kongfah broke down the Japanese fighter in the 9th round.
With the win Kongfah is now riding a solid 15 fight winning run, albeit at the lower end of the regional scene. Fujioka on the other hand has now lost 3 in a row and 5 of his last 6, however this is only the second time he has been stopped in his 21 fight career.
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