Just over a week ago we saw the announcement that there would be boxing in Christmas day in Thailand, with Petch CP Freshmart (58-1, 43), aka Tasana Salapat, defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against fellow Thai Kongfah Nakornluang (33-3, 21), aka Chaiwat Buatkrathok.
Sadly that show was cancelled yesterday when the promoter announced the event was pulled due concerns about Covid19, and how the event could lead to an increase in case numbers.
Thailand, which has kept numbers under control remarkable well for such a populated country, has seen some very high numbers in recent days compared to what it have been seeing through much of 2020, and the promotional company along with the sponsors realise it's not worth the risk.
Although the bout is cancelled, we wouldn't be surprised to see the bout end up being re-arranged for 2021, as it's the sort of fun match up that could help set Petch up for a second shot at one of the bigger international names.
Earlier today Komthai reported that there will be televised boxing on Christmas day in Thailand this year, and it actually feature a relative notable main event.
That main event will see Petch CP Freshmart (58-1, 43), aka Tasana Salapat, defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against fellow Thai Kongfah Nakornluang (33-3, 21), aka Chaiwat Buatkrathok.
On paper this looks like and interesting one, though if we're being honest we can't see anything but a win for the champion, who should be far too talented, hungry and powerful for the challenger. Just looking at his record Kongfah looks decent as a challenger, but his wins have almost entirely been against novices, and he's lost 2 of his last 3, including one in 2019 to Reymart Gaballo.
Whilst Petch hasn't scored any stellar wins of his own he has shown he's well above this level of bout with wins against the likes of Aries Buenavidez, John Rey Lauza, and Jestoni Autida. He also looked decent in his sole loss in 2018 to Takuma Inoue, where he looked a capable fighter but not on the same level as Inoue.
The show will be televised, as mentioned, on Christmas day, with the broadcast beginning at 13:45 local time on Channel 7.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see once beaten Thai youngster Wanchana Menayothin (16-1, 9) battle against Thai based Moroccan novice Omar El Ouers (0-1-1) in a bout for the lightly regarded WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Featherweight title.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and medical check ups.
Thankfully both men passed the medical with no issues, and both men also made the 130lb weight limit, though it does seem that specific weights for both men haven't been made public.
For the 21 year old Wanchana the bout will see him looking to claim his second professional title, following a short reign as the WBC Youth Intercontinental champion back in 2017. It will also serve as the first title bout for El Ouers, who only made his debut earlier this year.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it will be shown on Thai CH7 HD from 13:45 local time. Others set for the show include the world ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana (57-1, 42) and Kongfah CP Freshmart (33-1-1, 16), both of whom are expected to have simple wins in stay busy bouts.
Over the last couple of days we were informed Petch Sor Chitpattana (52-1, 37), aka Tasana Salapat, would be back in the ring on November 29th when he would be making his first defense of the OPBF Silver Bantamweight title.
The once beaten Thai fighter, who lost at the end of 2018 to Takuma Inoue in a WBC "interim" title bout, will be up against Filipino foe Aries Buenavidez (13-3, 7), who will be fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time in his career.
The aggressive Thai has won 4 in a row since losing to Inoue, and whilst his competition during that winning run is awful, he will be favoured to come out on top here as he continues to build towards bigger and better things. As for Buenavidez, this is, by far, the biggest fight of his career, and a win will help him secure some bigger fights down the line.
For fans wanting to watch this, it will be aired on Channel 7, from 13:45 local time, on November 29th.
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It's fair to say that boxing has had some frustrating moments during the years and some bouts that have just been pushed back and cancelled, or were never scheduled to even take place.
Today we were informed that the WBC Minimumweight title bout between Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] has now been set for May 31st.
The bout was originally scheduled for March 1st, then pushed to late March, then was said to have been pencilled in for April 24th but today it's been officially pushed all the way back to the end of May. There's been no clear reason given, as to why this has been pushed back so far, though it is worth noting that the bout has got a TV slot, and the promoter also has the April time slot.
The Wanheng Vs Fukuhara bout is set to be aired on Channel 7HD, from 13:45 to 15:45. The April 24th slot is on Channel 28SD, and has been set aside for an OPBF Bantamweight silver title bout between Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and "Nicky Jordan", who we believe is is Indonesian Nicky Jordan Nainggolan (6-6, 3).
It really is a shame that Thai boxing appears to be really struggling this year with TV options, and whilst it's great that WP Boxing is back, and is available on DAZN, it does seem that CH7's recent change in policy is a major problem.
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