Earlier today Thai kick boxing star Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (1-0, 1) made his professional boxing debut, as he took on fellow kick boxer, and boxing debutant, Omar Elouers (0-1) from Morocco.
Despite the bout being an all debutant bout both men showed very decent skills, a product of their days in kick boxing. Both looked relaxed and threw some very nice, clean, crisp shots. Both however did show some pretty clear areas to work on, particularly in terms of their defenses, with Petchdam being particularly guilty of trying to lean out of the way of punches.
Despite showing defensive flaws Petchdam showed the offensive tools he needed and he began to let his shots go with Elouers pinned on the ropes in round 5, when he landed a string of big left hands up top. Although no single shot looked massively damaging they were landing clean and landing in volume, eventually forcing Elouers to the canvas, where he took the 10 count.
Although this wasn't an awful bout, given that both were debutants, it is clear that both would probably be better off remaining in kick boxing, rather than boxing. Petchdam showed some good power and offensive work, but a lack of imagination and got by on his strength, work rate and power, rather than his skills, whilst Elouers managed to show some flaws with the Thai, but failed to ever punishment him for them.
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.
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