Over the past day or two TL Promotions, who put on televised shows on Thairath, have announced that their planned January 30th show has been "postponed", due to Covid19, and as a result their first show of the year will now take place in February 27th.
Originally the January 30th card was supposed to feature former IBF Flyweight king Amnat Ruenroeng (21-4, 6) battling against Arnon Yupang (6-1, 3) for the WBA Asia South Featherweight title and Nonthasith Petchnamthong (2-0) battling Suradech Ruhasiri (6-3, 5) in a bout for the WBA Asia South Bantamweight title.
Right now it's unclear if either of those bouts will be re-arranged for the new date, or whether TL Promotions have dumped that bout all together to focus on other contests going forward. With that in mind we'd expect more details of what we'll be getting on the February card later this month, or very early next month.
Although a relatively unknown promoter in the west TL Promotions have made waves with their excellent "The Fighter" series, and they have done a fantastic job in bringing through some very exciting Thai talent, such as Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (10-0, 5). Thy have also consistently put shows worth watching, such as their March 2020 card which had 2 barn burners on it, both resulting in upsets. Fingers crossed when they get up and running for 2021 we end up with more exciting bouts and enthralling events from one of the more under-rated promoters in Asia.
Over the past day or so news in Thailand has broken about the next TL Promotions show.
The show, which will be aired on Thairath, will take place on January 30th and will feature a former world champion in the main event, and a very noteworthy prospect competing on the co-feature.
The former world champion in question is former IBF Flyweight king Amnat Ruenroeng (21-4, 6), who will find himself battling against Arnon Yupang (6-1, 3) for the WBA Asia South Featherweight title.
Despite being 41 years old Amnat has had a career revival in recent years with wins against Karoon Jarupianlerd, aka Petchbarngborn Kokietgym, Brian Lobetania and Pungluang Sor Singyu, as well as an excellent performance against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. That performance against Srisaket saw many suggesting that the former WBC Super Flyweight champion is on the slide, though it perhaps under-played just how crafty and ring smart Amnat is.
At 23 years old Yupang is the much younger man, but also the man who can ill afford another loss following a defeat earlier this year against a then debuting Nonthasith Petchnamthong. He certainly has youth on his side, but Amnat is proving, even at an advanced age, that he is no push over.
Talking about Nonthasith Petchnamthong (2-0) he will also be on the show as he takes on Suradech Ruhasiri (6-3, 5) in a bout for the WBA Asia South Bantamweight title.
For Nonthasith this will be his first defense of the Bantamweight title and see him looking to build on an October win over former world champion Kompayak Porpramook. As for Suradech, the 28 year old is looking to bounce back from 3 straight losses.
Earlier today in Thailand TL Promotion held their latest show. Although it wasn't the biggest, best or most notable it was a card headlined by a very, very interesting match up and the pay way to kick off a very busy day of boxing.
That main event saw novice professional Nonthasith Petchnamthong (2-0) take a monster step up in class to take on former WBC Light Flyweight world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41), who is past his best but still a nightmare of an opponent.
The 26 year old Nonthasith, who only debuted in August when he beat Arnon Yupang, was under pressure from the off. Porpramook, also known as Suriyan Satorn, was on the offensive straight away, taking the center of the ring and pressing the novice from the opening. It was the typical Kompayak gameplan, and the type of thing that has made him a cult star with the hardcore fans of the lower weights.
Sadly for Kompayak his pressure wasn't always the most effective. Often he was too slow, showing his age, and under-sized, with this bout coming at Bantamweight. The former world champion caught Nonthasith plenty, but could never really dent him, and as the fight went on Nonthasith's youth, energy and work rate began to see him rack up round after round.
Kompayak was shaken once or twice in the middle to late rounds, but never badly hurt. In fact the only real time either man was in any real discomfort was when Nonthasith took one low. Even then he shook it off rather quickly and resumed control of the bout.
After 10 rounds it was a clear win for Nonthasith, but one he had to work for, every round. It was an impressive win for a second professional bout, and a real, genuine test.
As for Kompayak, he has proven, again, that he is one of the most under-rated, fan friendly, fighters out there and a true servant to Thai boxing. The 38 year old is certainly coming to the end of his career, but with energetic, hungry performances like this, we do hope he sticks around a bit long as he still manages to make really fun contests and always give his all. A lot more than can be said for some fighters out there.
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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