Yesterday it was reported in Thailand that two leading Thai promoters would be benefiting from the WBC's Covid-19 relief fund.
From what is being reported Petchyindee and Nakhon Luang will both receive funds to help them through the current situation and help develop new world champions in Thailand.
From what under-stand their will also be a push to help with the WBC Muay Thai, with with a presentation ceremony taking place later this month to help strengthen the relation between the WBC, and Thai combat sport.
The amounts for the two promoters haven't been disclosed in the Thai press but what does seem clear is that they are desperate for some funding given that Thailand hasn't been able to hold shows for months and several planned cards have had to be cancelled. Given that the Thai boxing scene really depends on sponsorship and TV exposure, both of those will have dried up with the lack of recent action.
Fingers crossed that boxing in Thailand will bounce back quickly in the near future, as there was big plans and big bouts pencilled in before the current global situation cancelled things like US debut of WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม], who was supposed to face Filipino foe Marco John Rementizo (12-3, 9) in April.
Earlier today news broke from Thailand regarding the potential next world title defense of WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม].
The long reigning, and very long term unbeaten world champion, will be defending his title on April 25th, in what will be his 13th defense of the title. His opponent for the bout has been revealed as being Filipino foe Marco John Rementizo (12-3, 9).
The most interesting part of the story isn't the who and when, but the where, with the news also reporting that this bout will be taking place in the US, making it the US debut of the unbeaten world champion. However no venue, or even state, has been reported in the Thai press.
The unbeaten champion, the longest reigning male world champion in the sport, has been the WBC king at 105lbs since November 2014, when he won the title from Oswaldo Novoa. Whilst his reign has been long it's also not been the best, with his most notable wins coming against the likes of Saul Juarez, Tatsuya Fukuhara and Simpiwe Konkco.
Sadly Rementizo is very much in line with Wanheng's typical young Filipino Challengers. The 20 year old Southpaw has lost in the opening round, being blown out by Samuel Salva and MJ Bo, and has alos lost a decision to Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart, in what was actually a really well contested and close bout.
According to the news sources the bout is set to be announced in the new future.
(Image courtesy of Komthai)
Earlier today the Global Boxing Organisation announced some of the line up involved for the upcoming March 3rd show "Battle of the Asian Rising Star", to be held at the Limketkai Rotunda, in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
The fighters announced for the card include former OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (29-13, 14), who will be fighting for the first time since leaving the Mutoh Gym, Jess Rhey Waminal (12-2-1, 7), and Marco John Rementizo (9-3, 6), who is looking to build on his big win over Pongsaklek Sithdabnij.
At the moment not all the bouts have been announced, but this is looking like a notable card just from the names already released for the show.
As part of a Thai double header earlier today fans tuning into Workpoint had the chance to see Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (17-6-1, 13), aka Siridech Deebook, take a beating at the hands of Filipino visitor Marco John Rementizo (9-3, 6).
This was Pongsaklek's 5th bout of the year, following notable wins over Kompayak Porpramook and Seita Ogido, avenging a loss to Kompayak suffered prior to beating him. For the Filipino this contested was his 7th bout of the year, and followed a very close loss in Thailand to the touted Satanmunglek CP Freshmart, aka Tanawat Nakoon.
The Filipino, who had been very unlucky in a previous visit to Thailand, made his intent known in the opening seconds, dropping the local. It was called a slip but seemed to be a sign that Rementizo hadn't just travelled to pick up another loss. He spent much of the round landing right hooks at will and had Pongsaklek looking like a raw novice.
Things went from bad to worse for the Thai, who was dropped hard in round 3. He got up but looked out of it when the bout continued and he ate a number of hard clean headshots. The bell seemed to save him here but he looked hurt still in round 4, as Rementizo hunted the stoppage. To his credit Pongsaklek proved his toughness, gutting it out and mounting a small comeback as he looked to use his physical strength to bully the Filipino.
The Thai's toughness was impressive, but he was down again, early in round 5 and had to rely on his heart and sheer determination to get back to his feet, again. After the bout resumed Pongsaklek was getting a battering, but somehow he stayed in the fight, firing back and getting every benefit from the referee, who could have stepped in several times.
With bruising around his face, 2 knockdowns against him and really being on the wrong end of a battering it seemed Pongsaklek was going to be stopped sooner or later. He was shaken several times in round 6, as the right hooks from Rementizo landed incredibly clean. There seemed to be more opportunities for the referee to stop the bout, or at the very least give a knockdown against the Thai who seemed to be held up by the ropes on at least one occasion.
The bout finally came to an end early in round 7 when Rementizo landed a dynamite right hook. He through a follow up straight left, but Pongsaklek was out cold as that shot headed his way. Finally the referee stopped the bout, though it was way too late.
For Rementizo this was was huge and came from a fantastic all round performance. For Pongsaklek this loss will be a very damaging one. He took a lot of head shots, and was allowed to take far too much punishment.
Sadly there needs to be a serious review of the referee for this bout. He should have stopped this much, much earlier. There is giving a fighter a chance, and then there is trying to get a fighter hurt, and this seemed more like he was risking Pongsaklek's health, rather than helping him get a win. A really poor job by the referee and by Pongsaklek's corner, who should have looked after their fighter.
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