Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see the unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] making his next defense, as he takes on Japanese challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁].
The bout, which will be shown on Thai CH7 HD, is one of the few big boxing events still set to take place in Asia, which has seen the sporting calendar being put on hold in some countries, and is one of the few real highlights set to come from the regional this month.
Today the two men engaged in their weigh in for the bout, and both men hit the scales bang on the divisional limit of 105lbs, whilst looking in good shape. Neither looked shredded but both looked very solid on the scales.
For Tanaka this will bee his first world title fight, and the 35 year old isn't expected to get another shot if he loses here. As for Knockout this will be his 8th defenses, and history is very much on his side as no Japanese male fighter has ever won a world title bout in Thailand.
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This coming week we'll see unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] defending his title against Japanese challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁] in Thailand.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men went through their medical examinations, and were not only tested for their general health but also coronavirus.
Thankfully no issue has been found for either man, with Tanaka going as far as to tell the Japanese media that not only was there "no problem" but that he was "looking forward" to the weigh in tomorrow.
Rather interestingly it's been reported that Tanaka was actually 105lbs earlier today, giving the feeling that making weight will be no issue at all for the challenger. Sadly however we've not heard much in regards to the champion, and how he's doing making weight. In recent bouts he has looked lacklustre and there is the potential that a struggle to make weight has lead to his under-whelming performances.
For those wanting to watch the bout it will be In regards to TV Channel 7Hd will be showing the card from 13:45 to 15:45 local time.
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Despite a recent announcement from the JBC that all domestic activity will be suspended during the month of March that doesn't mean all bouts involving Japanese fighters have been called off. On March 3rd wee see one Japanese fighter challenging unbeaten WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] in Thailand, and that bout will still go ahead.
The bout in question is, of course, the between the champion and Japanese challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁], who gets his first world title bout at the age of 35.
Today Tanaka left Japan, getting a flight out of Narita Airport to Thailand.
The plan on travelling so early, given the relatively short distance between the two countries, is to give himself time to adapt to the harsh conditions of Thailand, getting used to things like the heat and humidity, and finish up preparing in the "Land of Smiles".
At the time of writing Japanese men are 0-24-1 in world title bouts in Thailand, so a win for Tanaka would be a real note in Japanese history, but he is very much the under-dog against the flawed, and often frustrating, unbeaten champion.
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Knockout defends WBA title against Norihito Tanaka!
We've known for a little while that WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] will be back in action on March 3rd, to defend his title against Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁]. Now it's been confirmed that that card will feature a major as well as the world title bout.
The debut in question is that of Muay Thai great Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (0-0) who we believe will be facing fellow debutant Omar Elouers (0-0), in what is going to be a 10 round bout at Lightweight.
In combat sports in general Petchdam has scored almost 100 wins so his move to boxing is an exciting one and will hopefully be the start of another great Thai career in the professional ranks. Sadly though it's a shame that he's taking one someone else from a different combat sport background and not professional boxer.
As with the world title fight this will be televised lived on Channel 7 in Thailand.
Earlier this month we reported that WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] would be defending his belt in March against Japanese fighter Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁].
That bout was officially announced in Thailand earlier this week, in a press conference held by Knockout's tea.
Today Tanaka and his team held a press conference of their own, speaking about the contest and their preparation plans.
At today's press conference it was revealed that talks for this bout had been underway since December, but had been very protracted and were only completed earlier this month. Despite that Tanaka seemed confident, and spoke about becoming the first Japanese man to travel to Thailand and bring back a world title. So far Japanese fighters have gone 0-24-1 in world title bouts in the country, and Tanaka was quite brash in saying "I will change history by winning" [Translated].
In regards to the champion, Tanaka "I know that he has won in all 20 races so far, but it is not like a monster. I think that I will engage with myself." [Translated] and as for the type of fight he's expecting, it's going to be rough "I think we'll be butting, elbowing, and low blows. It's fine." [Translated]
The plan is to get over to Thailand early, arriving on February 26th, and finishing preparations for the fight in Bangkok, before heading to Nakhon Sawan for the fight. Tanaka appears to be fully aware of the conditions of bouts in Thailand, the drawn out introduction ceremony and the harsh fighting conditions of being out in the sweltering heat. Being aware of them and coping with them are two very different things, but things that Tanaka will be hoping his extra days in Thailand will help with.
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