A recent Thai article on the excellent Komthai have revealed that Petchyindee and CPF have some big plans for the talented Panya Pradabsri (31-1, 20) [เพชรมณี ก่อเกียรติยิม], aka Petchmanee CPF.
At a recent event Panya's promoter revealed that they are looking to get their man a world title fight with either the WBO Light Flyweight champion or the WBA "regular" Light Flyweight champion.
The Thai, who has won 13 in a row following a very questionable decision in China against Xiong Zhao Zhong, is currently ranked by the WBO (#3), WBA (#5) and WBC (#14) and is looking to make the most of those rankings. His team have expressed their desire for him to face either WBO champion Elwin Soto (16-1, 11), the hard hitting Mexican who shocked the division last year with a stoppage over Angel Acosta, or WBA regular champion Carlos Canizales (22-0-1, 17), the Venezuelan nightmare who has beaten a trio of notable Asia fighter since 2018.
Whilst they are the two men that Panya is targeting, the hope is to not only secure the fights, but also home advantages, something the fighter's team admitted wasn't going to be easy, but something they were going to do everything they could to secure.
Prior to that match up Panya will be in action later this month, in a tune up bout against an Iranian opponent with the hope being that he will just tick over as his team go to work behinds the scenes and look to land him a long awaited shot at the top.
Earlier today we were informed that Panya Pradabsri (29-1, 18), aka Petchmanee Kokietgym, would be back in the ring on December 20th as he takes on Filipino foe Jerry Tomogdan (29-10-4, 15) in Bangkok.
The once beaten Thai is said to be closing in on a WBO Light Flyweight world title bout with Elwin Soto, and Thai sources are reporting that if he wins here that will be the route he goes down. It's unclear at the moment if he'd just be getting at the champion or need an eliminator, but he is going to be going the WBO route.
Whilst Tomogdan isn't a gimme of an opponent, and is a solid enough regional level foe, it is assumed the Thai will easily defeat him and claim the OPBF "silver" Light Flyweight title.
Also on the card will be former world title challenger Noknoi Sitthiprasert (71-5, 44), who is now listed on boxrec by his birth name of Narast Aienleng, who is looking to secure a WBA Flyweight title fight next year against Artem Dalakian (19-0, 14). The highly experienced Noknoi will be up against Thai based Brazilian teenager Dionatha Santos Tobias (0-2), in what is a frankly disgusting looking mismatch.
For fans wanting to watch this card, it will be shown live on Channel 7, from 13:45 local time, with a 2 hour time slot being set aside for the broadcast.
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According to sources in Thailand WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] is a wanted man, with offers put towards him from the teams of two notable contenders.
The better known of those contenders is China's former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (27-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠], who is said to have offered to travel to Thailand for his world title challenge and would be available relatively soon. The bout would, potentially, see Knockout avenge the loss of Petchmanee Kokietgym, who was beaten by the Chinese fighter earlier this month.
The other contender is OPBF champion Tsubasa Koura (11-0, 8) [小浦 翼], who will defend his title on November 11th against Masataka Taniguchi (8-1, 6) [谷口 将隆] and then chase a world title fight. The offer here is dependent on Koura beating Taniguchi, and would see him getting his shot in 2018, supposedly in March. What is notable about this offer is that Koura's team are attempting to get Knockout over to Japan for the contest, suggesting that relatively money is on offer for this bout.
What happens next is yet to be seen, though it is good to see notable names now chasing the unbeaten champion.
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