This past weekend we had a really interesting card from Thailand as TL Promotions put on their latest show under "The Fighter" banner. The card featured two noteworthy bouts and both of those bouts were followed up by some pretty interesting news stories.
One of those stories was in regards to a match up between Tanes Ongjunta (8-1, 4) [จอมโว ก.ศักดิ์ลำพูน] and former world champion Kompayak TC Muay Thai (61-12, 41), [คมพยัคฆ์ ทีซีมวยไทย].
According to Komthai this will be Kompayak's final bout and he is now retiring following his long career, which began more than 20 years ago!
Although never a superstar of boxing Kompayak has had incredible career behind him. He has been a credit to Thai boxing, a true stalwart of the Thai scene and the type of fighter who has done so much more in the sport than many realise. He has reached the pinnacle of the sport, winning the WBC Light Flyweight in 2011, featured in instant classics, against Adrian Hernandez and Koki Eto, he has fought on the road, and has gone on to help bring the new generation of Thai fighters through.
The other news story regards teenage prospect Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (11-0, 6) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน], aka Sangarthit Looksaikongdin, who defeated former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-8, 41) [ชลธาร อ.พิริยะภิญโญ], aka Suriya Tatakhun, over the weekend.
Following his win Phoobadin appeared to call out Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี], who's in action on April 3rd defending his WBC Asia Lightweight title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon. In all honest there isn't too much competition left in Thailand for Phoobadin and Apichet is one of the very few interesting match ups left at home for him. Given his call out was public there is real hope this bout will take place.
Outside of Apichet the only other potential bouts for the unbeaten Phoobadin at home are bouts against Thai based Dutchman Nick Frese (10-1, 8), the aforementioned Kaewfah Tor Buamas, former Apichet foe Musheg Adoian (7-3, 7), who's a Thai based Armenian, and former world title challenger Downua Ruawaiking (16-1, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong. Outside of that small number of men he will need to begin looking at international opponents.
Just moments ago we had the anticipated rematch between unbeaten Thai Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian Musheg Adoian (7-3, 7), who dropped Apichet twice back in their first bout in October, on the latest episode of WP Boxing.
Their first bout had seen Apichet escape with a majority decision win, a results that many had issue with with many feeling that Adoian had done enough to take home the win.
With the expectation high following their first bout we were expecting another close one, but sadly that never came to fruition.
The talented Apichet boxed well in the opening round, using his speed and movement to take the round and establish himself early doors. Much like he had in their first bout.
We saw the momentum shift drastically in round 2 as Adoian had Apichet in all sorts of problems, with the Russian's power affecting him, as it had in their first fight. For much of the round the Thai was stumbling all over the place, whilst showing his heart to stay up right. It was the first dramatic round of the fight, and was a tough one for the unbeaten.
Despite being hurt in round 2 Apichet bounced back well, having a solid round 3 and then he really took over in round 4 as Adoian began to show signs of real discomfort thanks to what appeared to be an injury to his left arm. The Russian took a hammering through the round, whilst regularly clutching his left and shaking out his arm, as if to try and get some feeling back in to it. From there on the bout had the feel of a foregone conclusion.
Adoian continued to fight, essentially as a 1-handed fighter, and gritted out the second half of the fight, but looked, quite clearly, like a wounded animal who had his powerful hook and distance establishing jab. Without those it allowed Apichet to control range and come inside knowing that Adoian only had 1 weapon to use on him, and it was a rather looping over hand right.
Unsurprisingly the results was a clear and uncontroversial one, with Apichet taking the decision 79-73 on all 3 cards to retain his WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title, in a very anti-climactic contest.
Tomorrow on the next WP Boxing show we have a really interesting rematch, as Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7) meet for the second time in just over 2 months.
The men first fought back in October with Aphichet taking a razor thin 8 round majority decision of Adoian, who twice dropped the unbeaten Thai in but couldn't convince the three Thai judges that he deserved the victory. Due to the controversy of the decision, which was questioned both internationally and by Thai's, the teams quickly got together and arranged this rematch. For once boxing actually did the right thing!
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made weigh for the bout with no issues.
Apichet hit the scales at 135lbs dead on, slightly heavier than his challenger, who was 134.5lbs for the bout. Both men looked in great condition, though we would actually say the Russian looked the stronger man, slightly, and both very much up for the bout on Saturday, which should prove to be a thoroughly intriguing one.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on WP Boxing's Facebook and YouTube channels.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
In the past we have regularly complained about the horrific match making that has plagued Thai boxing. It's the reason why so many Thai fighters run up long winning runs without having been tested. Whilst some are very, very talented and worthy of their records, others have records more padded than a glass vase ordered from Amazon, and they get exposed very quickly when they step up.
Thankfully this year we have seen a number of Thai promoters step up to the plate and rather than feeding their fighters a string of easy wins they have actually matched their guys in interesting looking, match ups with meaning. At least some Thai promoters have.
Among those promoters are Taweesin Laosuwanwat, of TL Promotion, and Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, of Nakornluang Promotion (NKL), who have agreed to a brilliant match up for the December 5th edition of WP Boxing.
The match up in question will see former world title challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16) takes on fast rising Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), in what is a genuine great Thai bout.
Coming in to this one Phongsaphon will be seeking an 11th straight win, as he builds his career following a debut loss to Japan's Kai Ishizawa. During that 10 fight run he has beaten the fantastic Thananchai Charunphak and former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym and Pigmy Kokietgym, and he looks like a really promising prospect, despite that early career loss.
Dennapa, also known as Sarawut Thawornkham is best known for his 2019 bout against Artem Dalakian for the WBA Flyweight title. Since losing to Dalakian, in 10 rounds, he has gone 1-1, with a loss earlier this year to Jeny Boy Boca of the Philippines. For the 29 year old a loss here would almost certainly end his career, which also began with a debut loss in Japan.
On the line for this match up will be the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title.
Also set for this show will be the rematch between Apichet Petchmanee (7-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี] and Thai based Russian challenger Musheg Adoian (7-2, 7). These two fought in October, with Apichet scoring a controversial 8 round majority decision to retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title, despite being dropped twice. Given how good their first bout was this is another fantastic bit of match making and credit goes to all involve.
After years of complaints it now appears that the Thai boxing scene is starting to listen!
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