Earlier today in Thailand we got the latest show from Tantelecom Boxing Promotion, who put on a small, but notable Thai card, which was streamed live over their Facebook page.
In one of the more notable bouts on the card we saw talented youngster Nattapong Jankaew (6-0, 3) extend his perfect record as he took a clear 10 round decision win over former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (34-14-1, 12), aka Wittawas Basapean. The 24 year old Nattapong, a former amateur standout for Thailand, did what was needed to easily outbox the determined but over-matched Samartlek, who gave his all but lacked the speed and skills needed to really push his younger, fresher, quicker and more skilled compatriot. Although Nattapong controlled the action he never came close to stopping Samartlek, instead preferring to box, move and and rack up the 10 rounds of experience.
During the commentary for the bout much was made of Samartlek's bout with Naoya Inoue, way back in 2014. Since that bout however Samartlek has gone 17-9-1, including a loss to the now retired Akira Yaegashi and losses in 7 of his 9 coming in to this bout. It shows that Samartlek has fallen a long way from being a world title challenger, but he is very much a reliable gatekeeper and these rounds will serve Nattapong well.
The other main bout on this card ended in a bit of a surprise as former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36) stopped 22 year old hopeful Campee Phayom (20-5-2, 12) in the 7th round, to claim a regional WBA belt at Super Featherweight.
On paper this might not look like too much of an upset but the reality is that Pungluang has been well past his best for years, and was fight not just a weight or two higher than his best but 3 weights higher than his best! He had also gone 1-5 in his last 6 bouts, dating back more 4 years and hadn't scored a stoppage win since he stopped Ryo Akaho 5 years ago!
Prior to the stoppage this was a competitive bout, and Campee certainly had his moments, but he couldn't ever hurt the veteran who gradually ground him down before taking him out in sensational fashion. This is a big loss for Tantelecom, who had seen Campee as one of their brightest hopes, though it will likely help Pungluang get another few paydays.
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