Moments ago unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (13-0, 7) got his biggest win to date, scoring a TKO win over former WBA Minimumweight champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-7-1, 26), aka Kwanthai Sithmorseng.
On paper that's a huge win for the 22 year old from General Santos City but in reality it looked very much like a quit job from the Thai veteran, who didn't look like he wanted to be there and was very happy to invite the doctor to stop the bout.
The first 2 rounds saw Mama applying pressure, with mixed success. The Thai was on the move through out and did little to engage the unbeaten prospect. It seemed during those first 2 rounds that Ekkawit figured out that he he had no chance to beat the younger, fresher, bigger Mama and he would take any opportunity to get out of the bout without taking much punishment,
Early in round 3 the Thai got an opening to get out. A punch from Mama opened a small cut and the visitor almost begged the doctor to look at it. The doctor didn't seem too bothered, but the fighter himself made it clear he didn't want to continue, forcing the doctor's hand, and giving Mama the TKO win.
If we're being totally honest we'd like to see the GAB prevent the Thai from returning to a Thai ring after this and potentially with hold his purse. That was a clear a quit job by a former world as we've seen in a very, very long time. For Mama the win looks good on his record, but he surely feels underwhelmed by the victory.
Yesterday Filipino promotional outfit Sanman Promotions announced their next card to feature on ESPN5 in the Philippines, set for June 8th, and it's a pretty interesting one with several notable names, mixing top Filipino prospects with a former world title challenger and a former world champion.
The most notable fight on the card will see unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6) take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-6-1, 26), aka Kwanthai Sithmorseng, in a 10 round bout. This looks interesting on paper, given the gulf in experience, but it's hard to see past the younger, bigger, fresher Mama.
Another world level name on this show is Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1, 22), who is taking on Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-21-1, 13), aka Phupha Por Nobnom.
For Petalcorin this will be his first bout since losing to Felix Alvarado in an IBF Light Flyweight world title fight last October, whilst the visitor will look to end a 2-fight losing streak.
Another of the top prospects on this card is the all action Carl Jammes Martin (12-0, 11), who returns to the ESPN5 screens as he takes on unbeaten Indian visitor Rakesh Lohchab (6-0, 2). Martin made his TV debut last time out, stopping Petchchorhae Kokietgym in thrilling fashion and looks like a true "made for TV" fighter, so fingers crossed he puts on another showcase here.
One other bout set for TV is an all-Filipino show down between the unbeaten Dave Apolinario (10-0 6) an the once promising, though now very much faltering, Dexter Alimento (13-6, 9). Apolinario has shone on ESPN5 shows in the past, and looked an elite level prospect earlier in the year when he defeated Romshane Sarguilla, and he appears to have all the tools to go a very, very long way. Alimention on the other hand has been stopped in his last 3, is win-less in in his last 4 and is 2-6 in his last 8.
As with the other ESPN5 cards this is expected to be streamed around the globe courtesy of ESPN5's youtube account.
Last November we saw Masahiro Sakamoto (11-1, 7) [坂本 真宏] suffer his first defeat, losing a close decision to Sho Kimura in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title. Today he got his second shot at the belt, as he took on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-5-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง].
Today Samakoto claimed the title with a dominant performance and managed to stop the Thai in the 3rd round, giving Kwanthai his 4th stoppage defeat and potentially ending the Thai's long career.
Sakamoto got on the front foot early, using his jab well and seemed like a man fighting with a point to prove. The Thai looked to fight back, and threw some big looking hooks, but struggled to connect with anything meaningful as Sakamoto took the first two rounds.
In round 3 the Japanese fighter detonated a hook on Kwanthai which hurt the visitor and a follow up sent him down shortly afterwards. Kwanthai showed his championship spirit by rising up off the canvas, but was down again soon afterwards and counted out.
With the win Sakamoto will likely now begin a chase of WBO champion Kimura, seeking a rematch with the man who beat him last year. As for Kwanthai this is likely to be his last notable bout.
At 33 years old and fighting well above his best weight his career Kwanthai really doesn't have much left to offer the sport, and this was his 3 loss in 7 bouts, having previously been 45-2-1.
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Earlier today the Muto gym announced their next big card, which will take place on December 3rd at the EDION Arena Osaka, and feature 4 title bouts, includng a title unification bout.
One of those bouts will see Masahiro Sakamoto (10-1, 6) [坂本 真宏] attempt to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title, in his second shot at the belt, as he takes on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง]. For Sakamoto this will be his second title fight, having lost a bout for this very title last November against current WBO world chamoion Sho Kimura. Interestingly Kwanthai was preparing to face Sakamoto earlier this year for the WBO Asia Pacific title, before Kimura got the call to fight the then WBO world champion Zou Shiming.
Another of the bouts will see Hirofumi Mukai (14-5-3, 4) [向井 寛史] battle against Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-9-1, 19) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง] for the WBO Asia Pacific title, which has previously been held by Mukai. The bout, between former world title challengers, is really a must win for both fighters with neither really able to take another loss if they are to remain relevant. For Mukai the bout will be his second since being stopped by Rex Tso earlier this year whilst Inthanon will be seeking to avenge his 2016 loss to Mukai, who stopped him last year. Tha Thai is 0-2 in Japan and will be hoping to make it third time lucky in the Land of the Rising Sun.
In another bout we'll see Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) defend his OPBF Bantamweight title on against Japan's Seizo Kono (19-8-1, 12) [高野誠三], in what will be Yap's second defense of the title and comes on the back of his incredible cone-back against Kentaro Masuda. For Kono the bout will be his his second title, with his only other one being a battle with Rey Vargas for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title back in 2013. The bout should be a really interesting one, and much better than the records of the two men suggest. A win for Yap would almost certainly improve his world rankings and help him get a long pursued world title fight, though he will likely need another win or two given the depth at Bantamweight right now.
The final bout, and technically the main event of the show, will see the heavy handed Koki Tyson (13-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] in a bout which not only be for Tyson's OPBF Middleweight title, but also the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title, with the winner unifying the two titles. For Tyson this bout will be his second defense whilst Akiyama will be getting his will be getting his second title fight, after having challenged Akio Shibata for the Japanese and OPBF titles back in 2015. The winner here may find themselves sneaking into WBO world rankings, and potentially beginning moving towards a world title fight.
Whilst it's yet to be confirmed it's expected that we'll be able to see this card on boxingraise, with many other Mutoh shows also on the service. Hopefully this will be confirmed either later ths month or in November and then we'll get the chance to see all 4 title bouts.
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It feels like we've been waiting ages to hear what was going on with WBO Flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明]. This past week however saw us finally get some concrete details on what was coming up next for the Chinese star.
It's now been announced that Shiming will make his first defense against Japanese challenger Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔], who had been preparing to defend his WBO regional title against former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26) on July 11th.
Kimura, who's biggest win to date was his 2016 majority decision win over country-man Masahiro Sakamoto, will be the first Japanese fighter to face Shiming and he will be fighting outside of Japan for the 5th time.
For Shiming the bout will be his first defense of the title, which he won last November, and sees him finally getting his career back on track after a frustrating 2017, which has seen dates fall through several times already.
Although the bout isn't a huge one it could, potentially, set the stage for a unification bout between Shiming and WBA champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Ioka attending the fight to help build towards that potential showdown.
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