Earlier today in Thailand TL Promotions put on their latest show, headlined by a WBA Asia South Featherweight title bout between Arnon Yupang (5-1, 2) and the debuting Nonthasith Petchnamthong (1-0).
Entering the bout Arnon was looking for his first defense, and on paper he had to be favoured. He had fought 5 times as a professional before this, he had rounds under his belt and was a something of a proven quality. At least on paper.
The reality however is that Arnon's experience as a professional was still pretty limited. He had debuted in November 2019 and his first 4 bouts came in less than 8 weeks, with 3 of those being 3 rounders. His only win of any note at all had come against Kwanthai Sithmoreseng, who was shot, old, fighting well outside his best weight and was never great even in his pomp. It was a good win on paper, but only on paper.
From the early going Nonthasith didn't look like a debutant going in against an unbeaten an unbeaten and fast rising hopeful. Instead both of them looked relatively inexperienced. That however didn't prevent this from being a good bout, with both men showing off some good skills despite some obvious areas to work on.
Nonthasith took center ring early and although he struggled timing Arnon in the first round he was smartly to counter the more experienced man, looking to land big counters as Arnon let his shots go. As the action went on we saw Arnon begin to pick his shots better though when he made a mistake Nonthasith made him pay with some clean sharp counters, that genuinely caught the eye.
By round 4 we were seeing Nonthasith coming forward more, forcing things himself and making Arnon doubt himself. The champion was still there, and never looked hurt, but he now looked apprehensive of getting into a fight with the challenger and was becoming more conservative with his output.
To his credit Arnon never gave up, though it was clear that Nonthasith was trying to lay traps, fighting with his hands down, and was landing the better shots. Arnon always gave an effort and tried to respond when he was caught, but he was, typically, coming off second best.
Feeling his title was slipping away Arnon finished very strongly, trying to turn it all around in round 10. That was one of his best rounds, but it was too little too late Nonthasith had his armed raised after the scorecards were read out.
We'll admit that despite the inexperience in professional boxing for both fighters, they were both really solid, and hopefully we see more of both fighters. Nonthasith looked like a very well schooled fighter, though that should be no surprise given his background in Muay Thai, and Arnon has got plenty to like and shouldn't be written off after this loss.
Yesterday TL Boxing Promotions, the company who put on "The Fighter" series, announced their next show would take place on August 29th at Suamlum Night Bazaar, Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok.
Whilst they didn't announce all the bouts on that show they did announce the main event, which will be a WBA Asia South Featherweight title bout.
That title bout will see unbeaten champion Arnon Yupang (5-0, 2) make his first defense as he takes on the debuting Nonthasith Petchnamthong (0-0), who Muay Thai fans may know as Prachanchay PK Saenchaimuaythai.
The 23 year old Arnon won the title in July, when he beat Inthanon Sithchamuang, and despite being a regional title holder already he has only been a professional since late last year, making his debut in November. He began his career with 4 wins in the space of around 7 weeks in "The Fighter" before his career best win against Inthanon.
Sadly we really don't know much about his opponent, though we have been informed he is an experienced Muay Thai fighter, and is actually close friends with Arnon. Whether that means the two will be nice or look to show who is the better fighter is unclear.
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