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.
Yesterday in Bang Phun, on the main event event of a WP boxing show, fans were given a genuine upset as Thai based Dutchman Nick Frese (10-1, 8) suffered his first professional loss, which came to China's unheralded Kenbati Haiyilao (6-2-1, 1).
From the opening round Haiyilao looked like he was up for it, and hungry for the upset. He quickly established himself behind his jab and used his size excellently to keep Frese from using his power. The activity and accuracy of Haiyilao kept Frese at range and stopped the local favourite from establishing himself early on.
As the bout went on Haiyilao ran up a bigger and bigger lead, fighting a very controlled fight and even dropped Frese, despite not being a puncher. By then the bout was essential over in regards to the scorecards, and it was a case that if Haiyilao stayed up to the final bell he was going to get the upset win.
Credit though needs to be given to Frese who tried to salvage the bout late, coming on strong in the later rounds to claw back some points. By then however it was too little too late, and Haiyilao had done enough to earn the decision on the scorecards of the judges.
Given how WP Boxing has worked in the past with some rematches, we wouldn't be massively shocked by a rematch here, if Frese wants one, but it may not be a wise decision for him given how bad he looked here compared to the Chinese fighter.
The show also included wins for Saenganan Sithsaithong (26-1, 7), aka Thiranan Matsali, who defeated Suradech Ruhasiri (6-1, 5) with a 6 round decision, Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (20-6-1, 13), aka Siridech Deebook, scores his second decision win over rugged Filipino Romshane Sarguilla (7-5-2, 4), and teenager Yodtanong Chaepet (3-0, 1), who took a decision win over Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (2-2, 1)
Earlier today in Thailand, like on Workpoint and DAZN, fans were able to see two of the hottest Thai based hopefuls in action, and although both picked up wins there was certainly question marks left hanging over one of the two.
The first of the two unbeaten fighters was Apichet Petchmanee (4-0, 2), who turned professional last year with back to back quick wins. Unfortunately today he was rather lucky as he narrowly over-came former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-4, 41).
On paper this was a huge step up in class for Apichet, but what he was supposed to manage with no real issues against a smaller, older man who hadn't been particularly active in recent years and was a long way removed from his prime days as a Featherweight. Surprisingly however Chonlatarn showed next to no respect for the unbeaten prospect, and seemed to out battle, out punch, out war and out fight Apichet at times, clearly rocking him more than once.
Although being tagged more than he had in his first 3 professional bouts Apichet showed his toughness and dug in deep, doing just enough to earn the decision on the official cards, and retaining his unbeaten record. Despite the win it seems like Apichet really isn't developing as hoped and it's maybe best for him to move back up in weight, from Lightweight to Light Welterweight, as he certainly seemed more authoritative with the extra 5 lbs behind his shots.
The other was Thai based Dutch born fighter Nick Frese (10-0, 8), who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title with a 6th round win over Filipino Sonny Katiandagho (12-5, 7), who has now lost 4 of his last 5 including 3 losses by TKO. Frese dominated this from the off and was show boating whilst breaking down the Filipino in a very good performance from the unbeaten man.
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