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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