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.
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Following the main event in Thailand earlier today, we saw an interesting face to face take place featuring two former world champions from Thailand.
That face to face, which was staged as part of today's WP Boxing event in Bang Phun, saw former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-4, 6) face off with former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36).
Both men took to the ring, fully dressed and in masks, and it was made very clear that these two were, surprisingly going to be in action shortly, on an upcoming WP Boxing event, making for a huge all-Thai bout in the near future.
The bout will take place on November 7th, as part of the November WP Boxing event, and is a strangely intriguing bout between two faded world champions who have recently shown that they still have something left in the tank.
It wasn't that long ago that Amnat went 10 rounds, in a surprisingly competitive bout, with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and it was even more recently that Punglung Sor Singyu upset Campee Phayom.
Although both men are past their best we still expect this to be a very entertaining, competitive, and interesting match up!
Earlier today in Thailand we got the latest show from Tantelecom Boxing Promotion, who put on a small, but notable Thai card, which was streamed live over their Facebook page.
In one of the more notable bouts on the card we saw talented youngster Nattapong Jankaew (6-0, 3) extend his perfect record as he took a clear 10 round decision win over former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (34-14-1, 12), aka Wittawas Basapean. The 24 year old Nattapong, a former amateur standout for Thailand, did what was needed to easily outbox the determined but over-matched Samartlek, who gave his all but lacked the speed and skills needed to really push his younger, fresher, quicker and more skilled compatriot. Although Nattapong controlled the action he never came close to stopping Samartlek, instead preferring to box, move and and rack up the 10 rounds of experience.
During the commentary for the bout much was made of Samartlek's bout with Naoya Inoue, way back in 2014. Since that bout however Samartlek has gone 17-9-1, including a loss to the now retired Akira Yaegashi and losses in 7 of his 9 coming in to this bout. It shows that Samartlek has fallen a long way from being a world title challenger, but he is very much a reliable gatekeeper and these rounds will serve Nattapong well.
The other main bout on this card ended in a bit of a surprise as former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36) stopped 22 year old hopeful Campee Phayom (20-5-2, 12) in the 7th round, to claim a regional WBA belt at Super Featherweight.
On paper this might not look like too much of an upset but the reality is that Pungluang has been well past his best for years, and was fight not just a weight or two higher than his best but 3 weights higher than his best! He had also gone 1-5 in his last 6 bouts, dating back more 4 years and hadn't scored a stoppage win since he stopped Ryo Akaho 5 years ago!
Prior to the stoppage this was a competitive bout, and Campee certainly had his moments, but he couldn't ever hurt the veteran who gradually ground him down before taking him out in sensational fashion. This is a big loss for Tantelecom, who had seen Campee as one of their brightest hopes, though it will likely help Pungluang get another few paydays.
Earlier today in Kanazawa fight fans got a really interesting match up as former world title challenger Genesis Servania (34-2, 16) took on 2-time former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-8, 35), aka Panya Uthok. On paper this was a match up that promised a lot, given the quality of the fighter, but was also a match up between two men who were certainly beyond their best and were seen as being on the slide, after rather long and hard careers.
The bout began with Servania coming forward, fighting behind his jab, before stepping up his pressure in round 2, when he began to work the body of Pungluang up close. To his credit Pungluang fought back, but was regularly coming off second best.
In round 5, with Servania then comfortably in the lead, the two men clashed heads and Servania was left cut. The cut was in a rather unusual place, at the top of his cheek just under the eye, but was deep and worsened in rounds 6 before forcing the bout to be stopped less than a minute into round 7.
With the cut being caused by a clash of heads we went to the cards, which all favoured Servania with scores of 70-65, and 70-64, twice.
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