Earlier today we got the latest show from the WP Boxing series, run by Nakorluang and shown on Work Point. The card was one of the most interesting in the series with several notable names, a brilliant main event a really fun overall show.
The event kicked off with fast rising Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9), who took his latest win, and defended his regional WBC title, with a 4th round KO win against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-14-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
The 39 year old Pigmy looked old and under-sized at the weigh in and those issues seemed clear when the men got in the ring today. To his credit he tried, he came forward and he attempted to make a fight of things, but he was totally out classed from the off by the taller, longer, younger, faster, and sharper Thananchai. The younger man was in control through out, and turned up the heat in round 4, dropping Pigmy twice, with the veteran being counted out in agony after the second knockdown, from a brutal body shot.
The second bout, as we often see with WP Boxing shows, was the main event and saw former world champions face off.
This main event saw IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (21-4, 6) battle former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36), in what looked like a really interesting match up. This was originally announced as being a regional title bout at 126lbs, but Amnat reportedly suffered an injury and requested the bout took place at 131lbs, which Pungluang agreed to.
Despite the change in weight the bout delivered. Big time. From the off we had intense action, with Pungluang pressing forward and trying to break down Amnat, who was landing some brilliant counters, slipping shots and showing his incredible skill level. Following a brilliant opening round we saw the action get better and better and rounds 2 through 5 were brilliant. Amnat's ability to soak up the pressure, counter, and use his skills were eye catching, but so too was Pungluang, his pressure, tenacity and toughness. This made it a thrilling contest. It also had some dirty stuff thrown in for extra drama, with Pungluang illegally sending Amnat down in round 5.
Amnat seemed to struggle in rounds 6 and 7, it seemed like his old legs, the body shots of Pungluang and Pungluang's natural strength were breaking him down. It seemed like Amnat would struggle to make it over the finishing line, and then he found his second wind and boxed amazingly, like a man half his age, to secure the final round.
Having gone the distance we then went to the score cards, which favoured Amnat, reportedly with scores of 78-74, and 77-75, twice.
We'll be honest that was one of the best bouts we've seen in Thailand this year, and we would love to see it re-run, over 10 rounds, at 126lbs with a regional title on the line. For those who missed it, it is well worth watching,
In a stay busy bout we also saw Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40), aka Nawaphon Nakorluang and Nawaphon Kaikanha, pick up his 50th victory as he scored an easy stay busy stoppage win over Yutthichai Wannawong (10-11, 7).
Earlier today fans tuning into WP Boxing from the Work Point studio in Bang Phun saw WBC Asia Bantamweight champion Nawaphon Kaikanha (49-1-1, 39) record his latest win, as he easily over-came the over-matched Suradech Ruhasiri (6-3, 5).
From the opening moments Nawaphon looked relaxed, calm and confident. Suradech on the other hand looked nervy, worried and it was quickly made clear that he couldn't get Nawaphon's respect whilst the more experienced was simply walking him down. Suradech, to his credit, was maintaining some room and space in the first two rounds, but was working hard and moving a lot to stay from Nawaphon.
Sadly as we got into round 3 Suradech was starting to slow, down and was unable to get the space to breathe and set himself. That a recipe for disaster whilst Nawaphon kept coming.
In round 4 the pressure and power shots of Nawaphon simply became too much, and a huge right hand from Nawaphon laid out his less experienced rival.
The win is Nawaphon's 13th in a row, 11th by stoppage, since losing to Juan Hernandez back in March 2017, in a bout for the then vacant WBC Flyweight. The win takes him one step closer to a second world title bout, though hopefully we will see him in a step up bout before he gets a second shot at world honours
Over the last 2 days Work Point have confirmed the dates of their next 2 cards, which will come on back to back Saturdays live from their studios on Bang Phun!
The first of those cards will come on July 25th and will be headlined by a WBC Asia Bantamweight title bout between former world title challenger Nawaphon Kaikanha (48-1-1, 38) and Suradech Ruhasiri (6-2, 5). Whilst this is the main event it looks like a massive mismatch, with Suradech coming in to the bout on the back of successive losses, including a stoppage loss last time out to Daiki Funayama in Japan.
On paper the main event is a mismatch, though we do quite like the main supporting bout, which will see Phongsaphon Panyakum (8-1, 3) take on Sophon Klachun (5-4-1, 1). On paper this doesn't look competitive, but Sophon did impress us when he pushed Dynamic Kenji all the way in 2019 and he is better than his record suggests. He's also the naturally bigger man, with Phongsaphon scoring wins against naturally smaller men than Sophon.
The second card will come on August 1st and will be headlined by the re-scheduled showdown between former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง]. This is a bout that was supposed to take place much, much earlier in the year, but has been re-arranged several times due to the global situation.
At the time of writing this is the only bout confirmed for the August card, though more bouts are expected to be announced later this month.
Although not confirmed, we expect to see both cards on DAZN in the US, as other WP Boxing events have been in the past.
Earlier today fans, in both Thailand and the US, were able to see the latest WP Boxing card, which was available on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US, and took place in the Workpoint Studios in Bang Phun.
The broadcast opened up with former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, taking a close and hotly contested 6 round decision win over Filipino Renz Rosia (15-9-1, 8). The bout wasn't the most entertaining we saw during the day, but was hotly contest and neither man had come to the ring to make up the numbers. The second half certainly felt like the pace, from both, was increased and as we went to the bell it was hard to know who had won. In the end the decision went to the local, though had this taken place outside of Thailand we would assume the decision would have gone to Rosia.
The main event of the card saw Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (47-1-1, 37), otherwise known as Nawaphon Kaikanha stopping Indonesian visitor Patrick Liukhoto (9-2-1, 7). The bout saw Nawaphon pressing the action through out and eventually he broke down the visitor to record his second defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. It's now clear, more than ever, that Nawaphon needs a serious step up in class again and that wasting at this level will not prepare him when he does fight another top fighter, so fingers crossed he will take on a serious test in the not so distant future. He's too good to keep wasting his time at this level.
Also on this card was fast rising youngster Chainoi Worawut (7-0-1, 7), aka Thattana Luangphon, who stopped Indonesian journeyman Hendrik Barongsay (29-31-3, 18) in the 4th round of their bout. At 22 years old Chainoi is a talented youngster, but we'd again like to see him stepping up in class, especially if he's to feature in a notable on a WP Boxing card.
Earlier today we had the latest WP Boxing event, with the main bout from the card being a match up between former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (45-1-1, 35) [นวพล NKL] and former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15-5, 32). On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, though one where the younger and hungrier fighter was expected to over-come experience trial horse, who was years removed from his best years.
The fight wasn't the most exciting but it did seem like Jaro was getting the better of the early rounds, using his experience and aggression well. That however didn't seem to impress the judges, who had Nawaphon in a commanding lead after 4 rounds. The questionable scorecards likely made Jaro realise he had to go for the KO but it was whilst he was being aggressive that he was caught by a hard body shot from the Thai. The shot managed to not hurt Jaro, but also drop him. He was in agony and tried to get to his feet, but was counted out.
Jaro seemed to complain about the stoppage, but he was beginning to slow and show his age, and it wasn't a particularly quick count or anything.
With the win Nawaphon retains WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, making his second defense. This was his 9th win since losing Juan Hernandez in a WBC Flyweight world title bout. As for Jaro he has now been stopped 9 times in his career, and at 37 it's hard to know what he really has left to offer.
Also scoring a win on this card was former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (43-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, who stopped a Filipino Matthew Arcillas (6-2, 6) in 3 rounds on the card.
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