To kick off an exciting weekend of boxing fight fans turned their attention to Thailand for a WP Boxing event shown on WorkPoint in Thailand and DAZN internationally. It wasn't a massive show, but it was a rare chance for fight fans in the west to see boxing from Thailand on a premium service, and it was a chance to see a nice mix of young prospects, veterans and notable names all in action.
The DAZN broadcast of the show kicked off with a fairly low key bout, as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) made light work of Wichet Sengprakhon (11-10, 6), stopping him in 3 rounds in a rematch of a bout the men had back in December. With this win Danai has now reeled off 6 straight victories after starting his career 2-2 and it seems clear the youngster does have some potential, even if Wichet was an incredibly limited opponent. As for Wichet he has now lost 4 of his last 5 including 2 to Danai.
The first major bout of note on the show saw WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion Phongsaphon Panyakum (12-1, 6) [พงศพล ปัญญาคำ] retain his title in impressive fashion, as he battered former world title challenger Karoon Jarupianlerd (44-11, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์], aka Petchbarngborn Kokietym, over 10 rounds.
The opening round was one sided, with Phongsaphon coming forward, pressing his man backwards and pounding him against the ropes. Rounds 2 and 3 were even more one sided, with Karoon doing his best to protect himself and land the occasional counter, the best of which came late in round 3. Sadly for Karoon he simply couldn't get Phongsaphon's respect and the younger man continued to walk him down round after round. Despite the pressure from Phongsaphon the veteran wasn't just folding however and in round 5 he managed to walk the younger man on to plenty of good shots. Sadly for him they merely seemed to irritate the younger, fresher, hungrier man, rather than really bother him.
Despite taking a hammering round, after round, after round, Karoon refused to go away and as we went into the second half of the fight he had more and more success, landing some lovely clean uppercuts as Phongsaphon held his feet up close. They continued to be more of a hinderance than a real problem for Phongsaphon, though they did show that the youngster did have a lot of work to do defensively, even if he was in control of the action.
After 10 rounds the decision was a formality with Phongsaphon taking a clear unanimous decision, with scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 98-92a second time, though credit goes to Karoon for making this a fun bout, with his gritty determination and will to win showing through out the contest. Despite his excellent effort it is worth noting that even if he had won Karoon wouldn't have won the title given he failed to make weight for the bout, coming in at 116.7lbs.
The main event of the bout saw former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-8-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], also known as Ekkawit Songnui, in what was a clear tune up for Srisaket.
From the opening round it was clear the talented 2-time world champion had little respect for his older, smaller foe and applied constant, though very basic pressure. Kwanthai, to his credit, tried to fight back in spurts, but was second best in every area and was dropped for the first time in rounds 3 as the pressure got too much for him. Kwanthai managed to beat the count, and complete the round, though remained on his stool at the start of round 4, with a badly swollen left eye.
Despite winning this without needing to break a sweat, we suspect Srisaket would have wanted more than just 9 minutes of action here to shake whatever ring rust he had. He looked dominant from the opening bell, but never got out of second gear. As for Kwanthai this was another performance from him that suggests he simply hasn't got it any more, and should seriously consider leaving the sport rather than taking any more punishment.
The final notable bout on the show saw rising Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (14-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] defeatformer 2-time world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-10, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่], and retaining WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
Sadly at the weigh in Pungluang had missed weight, by a staggering 5lbs, making him ineligible to win the title, though the bout went ahead regardless.
The opening couple of rounds saw Chainoi control the action well behind his jab, keeping the usually aggressive Pungluang at range. The veteran came to fight, but he was struggling to close the distance, with Chainoi not only having the better jab but also the better movement and quicker footwork. In round 3 we finally saw Pungluang having some sustained success, getting close, and showing his trademark smile as he began to cut the cut the distance. His success parlayed into more success in round 4 as he landed some huge overhand rights on to the youngster, who was being give a genuine chin check by the veteran. The youngster was outworking and out landing Pungluang still, but things were getting tougher for the promising youngster.
Despite some worries in rounds 3 and 4 Chainoi managed to get back behind his boxing and ended up controlling much the rest of the bout, though he did seemed to be buzzed at one point in round 7as a right hand from Pungluang landed clean. That big shot aside the youngster never looked too phased by the veteran, who seemed to lack the fire and vigour we've seen from him in the past. In fact it seemed like he was there with the purpose of asking questions of Chainoi, without really going through the gears himself and showing what he can really do.
After 10 rounds it was a wide decision win for Chainoi, and his biggest win to date, but it felt like there was more both men could have done here. On paper this is a good win for the youngster, but it wasn't the type of bout that will prepare him for a world title bout any time soon.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see world ranked Super Bantamweight contender Chainoi Worawut (13-0-1, 12) [ชายน้อย วรวุฒิ] battling against former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่] on an event shown by DAZN worldwide and Workpoint in Thailand.
Today, ahead of the bout, the two men took part on their weigh in, for a bout that was supposed to be for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title, held by Chainoi.
On the scales the defending champion had no issues at all making weight, coming in at 121.7lbs, comfortably under the Super Bantamweight limit. He looked in good shape, and seemed like a man with a point to prove. If successful he will retain the title and continue his climb towards bigger and better things.
Pungluang on the other hand, a 63 fight veteran and a 2-time Bantamweight world champion, completely messed up on the scales, came in flabby looking and hit the scales at an embarrassing 127lbs. That's 5lbs above the title limit, and a full 1lb above the next divisional limit, the Featherweight limit. This is shameful from the veteran who, obviously, can't win the title. If he is victorious the title will become vacant.
The unbeaten Chainoi is one of the most exciting prospects in Thailand and the 23 year old seemed to be on the verge of a getting a huge chance to shine here on DAZN in front of a global audience. He was getting the chance to make his third defense of his regional title and was taking on a former world champion. Sadly though it appears Pungluang has done his best to try and take some shine off the bout, and to also, potentially, give himself an unfair advantage to over the 23 year old youngster.
Although this is incredibly unprofessional from Pungluang it is worth noting he was 131lbs in November, when he lost a decent to Amnat Ruenroeng, and he has been as high as 142¼lbs, for his 2018 bout with Czar Amonsot. His days of being a world class fighter are well behind him, but he is a fun and aggressive fighter to watch and he is certainly the biggest test Chainoi has faced so far. It's just a shame he has failed to even come close to the weight limit for the bout.
(Image credit - WP Boxing)
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 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).
On Saturday we'll get the latest episode of WP Boxing live on Work Point TV from Bang Phun. The real talking point of the card will see former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-4, 6) battle with former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36).
Originally this was supposed to be a WBC regional title fight at 126lbs, however things got changed very late on, in fact on the week of the fight.
Now the bout won't be a title bout, and will instead be an 8 round contest, at a contracted 131lbs, with no title on the line.
Today the two men took part in their official weigh in and both men came in at 131lbs dead on, making the new weight for the bout, which was no real surprise given that both men are from way down the weights.
Reportedly the weight and length of the bout were changed due to Amnat suffering an injury to his a few days ago. As a result it appears this could be one of two bouts between the two men. Amnat has offered a second bout with Pungluang for the future, regardless of tomorrow's result, and there is talk about a 1 million Baht side bet on that rematch, if it gets made.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
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