Yesterday WP Boxing announced that they would be making a big announcement at 6PM today, local time, and that's exactly what they did. And in fairness to them they did make a pretty big announcement, as they confirmed their first show of 2021.
The show will take place on March 13th at the Work Point Studios, in Bang Phun and it looks like a very notable one.
The main event of the show will see former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-7-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], also known as Ekkawit Songnui. The folks at WP Boxing have almost accepted this isn't going to be a competitive bout, and have event referred to it as a "warm up before the world championship bout", with Srisaket set to face the winner of the WBA/WBC unification bout between Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada, who also clash on March 13th.
The chief support bout will see world ranked Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (13-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council title against former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่]. This should be a really good match up, with the hard hitting Chainoi actually being tested by a rugged, tough, veteran. The youngster should be favoured, but this is not a gimme for him and we suspect he will be asked some real questions, including questions about his stamina and his ability to cope with pressure.
A second title bout will see WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion Phongsaphon Panyakum (11-1, 6) [พงศพล ปัญญาคำ] defending his belt against former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-10, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์]. The talented Phongsaphon is quickly becoming one of the rising stars of the Thai scene, and despite only being 20 years old is making a name for himself. Following a loss on his debut, to Kai Ishizawa in 2017, Phongsaphon has built himself a credible reputation and a win here would move his career forward significantly. As for Petchbarngborn his career is best known for his 2016 bout with Naoya Inoue, and since then he has gone 9-2 and put up a very credible effort in both of those losses.
For fans wanting to watch this it will aired on WorkPoint in Thailand and around the world on DAZN, giving fans world wide a chance to not only see Srisaket but also two of the most promising young Thai's out there.
Earlier today WP Boxing gave the public a heads up on their future plans, revealing that they would be making a "a big announcement tomorrow at 6PM Thailand time."
The message about a big announcement was released alongside a video showing off some of the highlights of the WP Boxing series so far, and showing off some of the fighters they have under their banner.
We suspect the announcement will relate not just to them continuing to run monthly shows through the rest of 2021 but also potentially announcing their February or March shows.
Given how WP Boxing have done things in the past we expect them to announce at least one solid regional level bout for their first show of the year, and a potential stay busy bout for one of their bigger names, with solid match ups then being announced through out the year for their events.
For those who haven't followed WP Boxing in the past their fighters include the likes of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], world ranked contender Chainoi Worawut (12-0-1, 11), and rising hopefuls Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี].
Earlier today on WP Boxing we saw rising Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (11-1, 6) score his most impressive win to dat, as he stopped former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-11, 41), in 4 rounds to retain the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title.
From the off Kompayak showed his trademark tenacity, fire and hunger, coming forward, though it was clear there was a gulf in size difference between the two men. That size different neutralised the success of Kompayak, and he was further hindered by the power and speed of the younger man, who seemed capable of turning the tables when he wanted. That was seen near the end of round 2 when Kompayak was backed up but fought his way off the hook.
Despite it being clear that Pongsaphon had all the advantages, other than experience, Kompayak kept trying to make a fight of things, throwing huge hooks in round 3. It was however a draining effort, and he was giving a lot of effort for limited success, whilst also taking a lot of punishment.
In round 4 the punishment Kompayak was taking became too much. He was rocked during an exchange and back up on to the ropes before going down and taking the 10 count on his knees, with the fight beaten out of him.
For, possibly the first time, we had seen Kompayak say enough was enough, knowing he had nothing in the arsenal to beat the younger man. Kompayak had landed plenty himself but couldn't budge Phongsaphon, who seemed to sting Kompayak with every shot he landed.
Maybe it is time Kompayak called a halt on his career, though on this performance we would disagree. He was in with a bigger, stronger, younger fighter who he fought at short notice. Unless he wants to call it quits we wouldn't begrudge seeing him again. As for Phongsaphon this is a very good name to have on his record, even if Kompayak is a faded fighter to what he once was.
Tomorrow at the WorkPoint Studios in Bang Phun we get the next episode of the popular WP Boxing series. One of the more interesting bouts on that card will see rising Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5) take on former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41), with Phongsaphon looking to defend his WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title against the veteran.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the 115lb weight limit with no issues.
Phongsaphon, the much taller and younger man, hit the scales at 114.6lbs, well under the divisional limit. Not only was he under the limit but he looked in incredible shape and genuinely towered over the challenger, who looked diminutive by comparison. Despite being the shorter man Kompayak was the heavier man, weighing in bang on the 115lb limit for the bout.
Coming in to this Phongsaphon is currently riding a 10 fight winning streak, following a loss on debut to Kai Ishizawa, and looks like he is quickly becoming one of the staples of the WP Boxing product. As for Kompayak he has lost his last 3 and 5 of his last 6, but always gives a very credible effort and will be there to give Phongsaphon a genuine test here, as he's done with everyone else he has faced in recent years.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on WP Boxing's Facebook and YouTube channels.
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Earlier today sources in Thailand reported that Thai youngster Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5) would be facing a chance of opponent on December 5th as original opponent Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-3, 16), aka Sarawut Thawornkham, had suffered an injury in training ahead of their December 5th bout on WP Boxing.
Thankfully it didn't take Nakornluang long to find a suitable replacement, with former world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41) stepping in to replace Dennapa
We'll admit we were really excited by the original match up, and it looked like a serious test for the Thai youngster, who seemed like he was set for a very credible step up in class. It's a shame to see that bout being cancelled, especially at such short notice. However seeing Kompayak as the replacement opponent really does ease some of the disappointment of Dennapa pulling out.
We've seen Kompayak fighting twice this year, and although he has lost both of his bouts he has been a stubborn, aggressive opponent, and isn't turning up for a pay day. He gave Thananchai Charunphak a good test in March and was hungry to upset the naturally bigger Nonthatish Petchnamthong in October. We expect to see him showing his aggression and hunger here against Phonsaphon in what could be a bit of a hidden gem.
This will also be Phongsaphon's third bout of the year and he will be looking to secure his third stoppage of 2020, following low key wins over Sophon Klachun and Arthit Kaewbantid.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, and the entire show, it'll be available on the WP Boxing Facebook and YouTube pages.
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