Earlier today we got the latest show from the WP Boxing series, run by Nakorluang and shown on Work Point. The card was one of the most interesting in the series with several notable names, a brilliant main event a really fun overall show.
The event kicked off with fast rising Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9), who took his latest win, and defended his regional WBC title, with a 4th round KO win against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-14-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
The 39 year old Pigmy looked old and under-sized at the weigh in and those issues seemed clear when the men got in the ring today. To his credit he tried, he came forward and he attempted to make a fight of things, but he was totally out classed from the off by the taller, longer, younger, faster, and sharper Thananchai. The younger man was in control through out, and turned up the heat in round 4, dropping Pigmy twice, with the veteran being counted out in agony after the second knockdown, from a brutal body shot.
The second bout, as we often see with WP Boxing shows, was the main event and saw former world champions face off.
This main event saw IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (21-4, 6) battle former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36), in what looked like a really interesting match up. This was originally announced as being a regional title bout at 126lbs, but Amnat reportedly suffered an injury and requested the bout took place at 131lbs, which Pungluang agreed to.
Despite the change in weight the bout delivered. Big time. From the off we had intense action, with Pungluang pressing forward and trying to break down Amnat, who was landing some brilliant counters, slipping shots and showing his incredible skill level. Following a brilliant opening round we saw the action get better and better and rounds 2 through 5 were brilliant. Amnat's ability to soak up the pressure, counter, and use his skills were eye catching, but so too was Pungluang, his pressure, tenacity and toughness. This made it a thrilling contest. It also had some dirty stuff thrown in for extra drama, with Pungluang illegally sending Amnat down in round 5.
Amnat seemed to struggle in rounds 6 and 7, it seemed like his old legs, the body shots of Pungluang and Pungluang's natural strength were breaking him down. It seemed like Amnat would struggle to make it over the finishing line, and then he found his second wind and boxed amazingly, like a man half his age, to secure the final round.
Having gone the distance we then went to the score cards, which favoured Amnat, reportedly with scores of 78-74, and 77-75, twice.
We'll be honest that was one of the best bouts we've seen in Thailand this year, and we would love to see it re-run, over 10 rounds, at 126lbs with a regional title on the line. For those who missed it, it is well worth watching,
In a stay busy bout we also saw Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40), aka Nawaphon Nakorluang and Nawaphon Kaikanha, pick up his 50th victory as he scored an easy stay busy stoppage win over Yutthichai Wannawong (10-11, 7).
Tomorrow on WorkPoint TV in Thailand we'll get the chance to see WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight champion Thananchai Charunphak (10-1, 8) defending his title against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-13-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
Today the two men took part for the weigh in for their bout, and on the scales both men made the 112lb limit for the bout, coming in dead on the limit.
Despite the fact both men came in at the same weight they looked very different at the weigh in.
The fresh faced 20 year old Thananchai looked in great shape, he looked young, tall, lean, and like a man on his way up through the ranks heading towards the world rankings. He looked like a man who hasn't had a hard or punishing career, but is instead a man who is at the start of his career, a career that promises a lot.
Pigmy on the other hand looked old, small, balding and like a man that, in fairness, they'd pulled off the street with the promise of food. He looked like someone who father time hadn't been nice to and looked like he should have been several weight classes lower than Thananchai. It really didn't look like he was ready to fight a rising, and very highly regarded prospect.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on WP Boxing's YouTube and Facebook accounts.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
Earlier today in China fans were able to see former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (18-2-2, 11) [木村翔] return to the ring for the first time since losing the world title to Kosei Tanaka last year.
The exciting Japanese fighter was up against Thai veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (60-11-2, 24), aka Wicha Phulaikhao, and really did as he pleased from the opening round.
Kimura managed to show a crisp jab in the opening round, showing that he had worked on correcting some of the technical flaws that have held him back at times, before moving through the gears in rounds 2 and 3 to stop the Thai, who was dropped 3 times in round 3.
With the win Kimura becomes the new OPBF Flyweight Silver champion. Had the Thai won the title would have remained vacant following his failure to make weight yesterday.
Also on the card was was an exciting brawl between Fangyong Zhang (12-4-1, 3) and Ryuto Maekawa (11-2-1, 7), which saw the Chinese fighter taking a technical decision following a head clash. There was also an excellent performance by Shichao Gao (3-0-1, 1) who impressed and stopped Koji Igarashi (4-4, 3) in the second round.
Earlier today former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-2-2, 10) [木村翔] and Thai veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (60-10-2, 24), aka Wicha Phulaikhao, took part in in their weigh in for a bout that will take place tomorrow for the OPBF Silver Flyweight title.
On the scales Kimura had no problems making weight, coming in on the 112lbs limit and looking strong and powerful. Amazingly however the Thai veteran, who was dwarfed at the weigh in, came in at 114.6lbs, way over the limit. That was despite looking tiny at the weigh in.
After Pigmy failed to make weight there was an agreement that the Thai would have to weigh 56KG's or less tomorrow morning, or the bout would be cancelled. Kimura can still win the OPBF silver title however the Thai can't, regardless of his weight tomorrow.
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Later this month we'll see former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-2-2, 10) [木村翔] battle against Thai veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (60-10-2, 24), aka Wicha Phulaikhao in China.
Today, ahead of that bout, Kimura took part in a public work out.
The work out saw saw Kimura hitting the mitts with his trainer and show a real heaviness to his punches. There seemed to be real spite in what Kimura threw and a new found compactness to his work, something that is different to what we have come to see from the popular fighter form the Aoki gym. Interestingly he will be wearing tailor made Adidas gloves for the bout.
Kimura sounded confident of stopping Pigmy, something we all seem to expect and after today's work out it seemed a case of "when" not "if" that stoppage would come.
Also, a rather interesting note for Japanese fans, Kimura will be commentating on the upcoming bout between Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] and Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一], though that will only be for Japanese fans watching the TV broadcast, not those watching on the international feed.
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