Earlier today sources in Thailand reported the details regarding the next defense of the WBA Minimumweight "super" champion Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท]. They not only reported the when but also the who and it now appears we have taken a huge step towards seeing Knockout fight for the first time in over a year.
The unbeaten champion was last seen in the ring in March 2020, when he out pointed Japanese veteran Norihito Tanaka [田中教仁], just days before boxing in Thailand was put on hiatus due to Covid19. There had been talk of him defending his title in September 2020 but those plans fell though and rumours, at the start of this year, suggested his team were looking for a May bout.
Today our sources reported that unbeaten Thai world champion will indeed be defending his title in May, with a bout set for May 29th against Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (23-6-1, 13), also known as Siridech Deebook.
For Knockout this will be his second defend of the WBA "super" title, which he was awarded last year after a host of defenses of the "regular" title. Coming in to this he is widely regarded as the best in the division. As for Pongsaklek this will be his first world title bout, and he comes into the bout on the back of 6 straight wins, albeit against very weak opposition.
The bout is a bit of a mismatch, but with Covid19 restrictions still in place in Thailand, when it comes to entering a exiting the country, the options for Knockout were limited. With that in mind this is not an awful match up, and it's always good to see a "Blood Line Battle", the name used for all Thai world title bouts, even if it does seem to have a very very clear favourite.
Yesterday in Bang Phun, on the main event event of a WP boxing show, fans were given a genuine upset as Thai based Dutchman Nick Frese (10-1, 8) suffered his first professional loss, which came to China's unheralded Kenbati Haiyilao (6-2-1, 1).
From the opening round Haiyilao looked like he was up for it, and hungry for the upset. He quickly established himself behind his jab and used his size excellently to keep Frese from using his power. The activity and accuracy of Haiyilao kept Frese at range and stopped the local favourite from establishing himself early on.
As the bout went on Haiyilao ran up a bigger and bigger lead, fighting a very controlled fight and even dropped Frese, despite not being a puncher. By then the bout was essential over in regards to the scorecards, and it was a case that if Haiyilao stayed up to the final bell he was going to get the upset win.
Credit though needs to be given to Frese who tried to salvage the bout late, coming on strong in the later rounds to claw back some points. By then however it was too little too late, and Haiyilao had done enough to earn the decision on the scorecards of the judges.
Given how WP Boxing has worked in the past with some rematches, we wouldn't be massively shocked by a rematch here, if Frese wants one, but it may not be a wise decision for him given how bad he looked here compared to the Chinese fighter.
The show also included wins for Saenganan Sithsaithong (26-1, 7), aka Thiranan Matsali, who defeated Suradech Ruhasiri (6-1, 5) with a 6 round decision, Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (20-6-1, 13), aka Siridech Deebook, scores his second decision win over rugged Filipino Romshane Sarguilla (7-5-2, 4), and teenager Yodtanong Chaepet (3-0, 1), who took a decision win over Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (2-2, 1)
As part of a Thai double header earlier today fans tuning into Workpoint had the chance to see Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (17-6-1, 13), aka Siridech Deebook, take a beating at the hands of Filipino visitor Marco John Rementizo (9-3, 6).
This was Pongsaklek's 5th bout of the year, following notable wins over Kompayak Porpramook and Seita Ogido, avenging a loss to Kompayak suffered prior to beating him. For the Filipino this contested was his 7th bout of the year, and followed a very close loss in Thailand to the touted Satanmunglek CP Freshmart, aka Tanawat Nakoon.
The Filipino, who had been very unlucky in a previous visit to Thailand, made his intent known in the opening seconds, dropping the local. It was called a slip but seemed to be a sign that Rementizo hadn't just travelled to pick up another loss. He spent much of the round landing right hooks at will and had Pongsaklek looking like a raw novice.
Things went from bad to worse for the Thai, who was dropped hard in round 3. He got up but looked out of it when the bout continued and he ate a number of hard clean headshots. The bell seemed to save him here but he looked hurt still in round 4, as Rementizo hunted the stoppage. To his credit Pongsaklek proved his toughness, gutting it out and mounting a small comeback as he looked to use his physical strength to bully the Filipino.
The Thai's toughness was impressive, but he was down again, early in round 5 and had to rely on his heart and sheer determination to get back to his feet, again. After the bout resumed Pongsaklek was getting a battering, but somehow he stayed in the fight, firing back and getting every benefit from the referee, who could have stepped in several times.
With bruising around his face, 2 knockdowns against him and really being on the wrong end of a battering it seemed Pongsaklek was going to be stopped sooner or later. He was shaken several times in round 6, as the right hooks from Rementizo landed incredibly clean. There seemed to be more opportunities for the referee to stop the bout, or at the very least give a knockdown against the Thai who seemed to be held up by the ropes on at least one occasion.
The bout finally came to an end early in round 7 when Rementizo landed a dynamite right hook. He through a follow up straight left, but Pongsaklek was out cold as that shot headed his way. Finally the referee stopped the bout, though it was way too late.
For Rementizo this was was huge and came from a fantastic all round performance. For Pongsaklek this loss will be a very damaging one. He took a lot of head shots, and was allowed to take far too much punishment.
Sadly there needs to be a serious review of the referee for this bout. He should have stopped this much, much earlier. There is giving a fighter a chance, and then there is trying to get a fighter hurt, and this seemed more like he was risking Pongsaklek's health, rather than helping him get a win. A really poor job by the referee and by Pongsaklek's corner, who should have looked after their fighter.
Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see a very interesting match up from Thailand, as Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (17-5-11, 13) faced off with Japan's Seita Ogido (12-4-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太].
The bout saw the Thai successfully defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against the Japanese challenger, but he was forced to work for the win.
It was clear that Ogido had not travelled to lose, and he was regularly backing the Thai up with his sharp punching, even mocking him at times. Sadly for Ogido his ability to back up the Thai often counted for little as the Thai managed to landed the heavier looking shots, often landing eye catching hooks and uppercuts on the Japanese challenger as Ogido came in. It was those shots that seemed to please the ringside judges.
In the final round Ogido seemed to know he needed to do somethign big to get the decision, especially in Japan, and he did look to land bigger shots. Pongsaklek however smartly avoided a war, picked his moments well, landing a gorgeous right hand mid way through the round, and made his way to the final bell without too much drama to take the unanimous decision and retain his title.
The Thai would take the win with scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 118-109. The 118-109 card did seem too wide, but there is no doubting who deserved the win. Saying that Ogido was competitive and this possibly the best we've seen from him, and hopefully he takes this as a learning experience as he is a talented youngster, with the potential to wins titles down the line.
On October 20th fight fans around the globe will be able to see the Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (16-5-11, 13) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against Japanese challenger Seita Ogido (12-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太].
The Thai is enjoying his second reign with the title and will be looking to make his first defense since reclaiming the title with a win over Kompayak Porpramook.
For Ogido this is a chance to claim a regional title, after having failed to win in two bouts for the OPBF title and another for the WBC Youth title. He's been touted for a while as a real hopeful but now needs a big win, and would count as a big win.
For fans interested in this bout will be streamed live on Workpoint, who also operate a live youtube channel, meaning fans can watch this live on youtube.
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