We saw a new OPBF Silver Light Welterweight champion being crowned in Thailand today, as former amateur stand out Apichet Petchmanee (2-0, 2) stopped countryman Sadudee Tor Buamas (8-1, 6) in a short but entertaining contest in Bang Phun.
On paper the match up looked brilliant, with Apichet taking on his second unbeaten in as many fights. In reality however it was a mismatch with Apichet taking control early and doing as he pleased. Apichet began by taking center ring but seemed to quickly realise that luring Sadudee in made more sense, and he managed to land several good right hands as his foe came towards him. The novice professional seemed to be having a lot of fun in there, even mugging off Sadudee and playing to the crowd at one point. Despite taking a fair bit of punishment Sadudee also played to the crowd, at least at the end of the round, when he began ducking and diving to non-existent punches.
Apichet's intent to beat up Sadudee showed again in round 2 when he rocked his man with a huge right hand. Sadudee was backed into the ropes and forced to take some solid shots that clearly hurt him, and forced him to fight back in desperation. Apichet calmly stepped backwards, reset himself and came forward again, cornering his man who took a number of clean shots, a series of uppercuts and kept getting wailed on until he took a knee. The referee immediately waved off the bout, despite Sadudee complaining after getting to his feet.
With the win Apichet opens the door to a potential showdown with Rikki Naito in the new year. He also showed that he really is one of the top hopefuls in Thailand, and despite being 29 he shouldn't be written off on the basis of his age. In fact we suspect he will be put on a mega fast track to a world ranking and a potential world title fight.
Apichet and Sadudee make weight!
Tomorrow fight fans in Thailand will get the chance to see Apichet Petchmanee (1-0, 1) battle against Sadudee Tor Buamas (8-0, 6) in a bout for the OPBF silver Light Welterweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for their bout, and both men made the weight with some room to spare.
On the scales Apichet was 139lbs whilst Sadudee was 139.5lbs.
The bout will be shown on Workpoint TV tomorrow, and will be well worth tuning in to, even if it just a chance to see if Apichet, a former amateur standout, is as good as he looked on his debut, when he stopped the then 13-0 Attanon Kunlawong.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Earlier today it was revealed that former Thai amateur standout Apichet Petchmanee (1-0, 1) will return to the ring on December 22nd as he gets his first title bout.
The talented Apichet, who debuted in debuted in October and stopped the then 13-0 Attanon Kunlawong in 2 rounds, will be up against fellow unbeaten Thai Sadudee Tor Buamas (8-0, 6), himself a former PABA champion, in a bout for the OPBF "silver" Light Welterweight title.
In theory the champion will have their eye on the OPBF regular title, held by Japan's Rikki Naito (23-2, 7) [内藤 律樹], and that would be something to look forward to in the new year given the amateur pedigree of Apichet and the power of Sadudee.
The bout will be shown on Workpoint, so there will be an international stream available for the contest and looks to be yet another treat boxing fans will be getting in the run up to Christmas.
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