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)
Earlier today fight fans in Thailand saw youngster Saenganan Sithsaithong (23-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] claim the interim Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Bantamweight title, as he widely out pointed Indonesian veteran Noldi Manakane (33-28-3, 18).
The bout, a 10 round contest, saw Manakane coming to fight, and putting in a good effort, but was often coming off second best.
Saenganan always looked comfortable, despite occasionally being under pressure, and as the fight went on Manakane's work rate dropped, his legs showing his age.
After 10 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Saenganan shutting out the Indonesian fighter on all 3 judges score-cards.
For Saenganan this was a 4th straight win since his shock loss in 2018 to Edison Berwela. Manakane on the other hand has now lost 3 in a row and 1-7-1 in his last 9, dating back to the start of 2017.
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Earlier today the thaitimenews.com reported the full details of the February 8th card in Thailand which is stacked with names and is being held primarily for charity.
The event, which is being used to raise money for equipment for a Royal Thai Air Force Hospital that is set to be completed weeks after the show, will be televised on Channel 7 in Thailand, with a 2 hour time slot, and 5 scheduled contests, with 3 being televised, including an exhibition featuring two very notable fighters.
The card is set to open with former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (42-8, 19) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์] taking on former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] in an 8 round bout at 122lbs.
Following that we'll then get a 3 round exhibition between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL], this will be Srisaket's final "bout" before his proposed rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26), which is set to be Srisaket's DAZN debut.
The main event of the scheduled telecast will see Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) [แสงอนันต์ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] facing off with former world title contender Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) in a bout for the WBC Asia Super Bantamweight title.
If time permits the broadcast is then expected to show some of the remaining action from the card. This includes Namphol Sithsaithong (18-10-1, 10) [มาร์ก นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling in a 6 round Flyweight bout.
The time slot for the broadcast is 13:45 to 15:45 local time with the whole event being held in a temporary ring at the parking lot 2 at the Ying Charoen Market, in Saphan Mai and will be free to attend. Given the the notable men in action, including a current world champion, a former world champion, 3 former world title challengers and a rising young star, the crowd is expected to be sizable.
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According to reliable sources in Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] hasn't yet signed a deal with DAZN, despite on going negotiations. The negotiations are expected to be completed, any day now. Though his team are still eyeing an April date for his rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26).
Thai sources also confirmed that Srisaket will be in action on February 8th, in a warm up bout in Bangkok, with more details to be announced on January 28th. That bout is set to be aired on Channel 7 in Thailand.
Sources are also reporting that Saenganan Sithsaithong (22-1, 7) will be facing off with Noldi Manakane (33-27-3, 18) for some form of WBC title at Super Bantamweight, though the specific title is unclear at the moment.
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In the final seconds of round 6 Berwela landed a huge sweeping left hand that landed clean on the chin of the local and sent him down in a heap. To his credit Saengan tried to recover to his feet, but the bout was waved off as Berwela began to celebrate the biggest win of his career.
The loss is a huge set back for the Thai, who showed real issues with his ability to take a shot, though at just 18 he does have a lot of time to rebuild. For Berwela however this is the sort of win that should secure him at least one more big bout in Thailand.
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