After rumour and speculation we now, finally, know what's next for former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น]!
The exciting and well like Thai puncher has been confirmed as returning to the ring on March 7th as part of the next WP Boxing event, which will shown on Work Point in Thailand, and is also likely to be shown on DAZN in the US.
The details regarding the bout aren't really that clear at the moment, as in who he will face and how long the bout will be, but to have a date is at least something. As is the fact we know the event will take place in Thailand, from Work Point studios.
For Srisaket this will be his first bout in almost a year, following lats April's loss to Juan Francisco Estrada, and will let him shake off some ring rust before returning to a high level later in the year.
Although Srisaket is the big attraction for the show from what we understand he won't actually be the main event. That honour goes to a match up between teenager Thananchai Charunphak (7-1, 5) veteran Kompayak Porpramook (60-8, 41), aka Suriyan Satorn, who face off in a Flyweight bout.
It's also worth noting that the schedule for the Work Point shows for 2020 is known. This March 7th card will be the first, with the others taking place on April 4th, May 2nd, June 13th or June 20th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th. So not only do we know when Srisaket will be back but also when the stellar WP Boxing events are scheduled. In the past they have been available through US DAZN, and are likely to be available this year as well for US subscribers to the streaming service.
(Image courtesy of มวยโลกแฟนคลับ)
The poster may be out of date, but the fight isn't.
Earlier this year we brought you the story that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (38-0, 13) was going to defend his title against South Korean fighter Young Kil Bae (26-4-1, 21) on June 2nd in Bangkok. That bout was signed and sealed, until Bae sadly suffered an injury which forced him to be replaced from the contest.
In the end Bae's injury saw his place being taken by Filipino champion Jerry Tomgodan, who was stopped in 9 rounds by Menayothin.
Now it's been announced that Bae will get his shot at the champion, with the teams agreeing to stage the bout on November 27th.
According to the promoter of the show, Petchyindee, the bout will air on Channel 7 as part of a 3 hour card from the Phitsanulok town hall. The only other bout currently announced for the show will see former world champions collide as Oleydong Sithsamerchai (56-1-1, 21) battles Pornsawan Porpramook (28-6-1, 17)
For Wanheng this will be his third defense of the title this year, and it's expected to be his final defense before he will be forced to fight in a mandatory defense, likely against Denver Cuello. As for Bae it will be his first world title fight.
Interestingly Bae is married to fellow fighter Hee Jung Yuh, who fights Naoko Fujioka for the WBO Female Bantamweight title in October in Japan. If both Bae and Yuh score the upsets they will become one of a very small number of couples to have each won world titles.
Young Kil Bae out of world title fight with Wanheng Menayothin!
Wanheng Menayothin set to defend title against Korean foe!
(Image courtesy of AK Promotions)
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