Earlier today in Thailand we got a show from Tantelecom Promotions and it was an interesting one for the fledgling promotional outfit. It was certainly not the biggest show, but it did feature two bouts we were very interested in and regarded as noteworthy contests.
The first of the two notable bouts saw novice professional Thitisak Hoithong (1-0) [เก่ง แทนเทเลคอม] look sensational as he schooled former 2-time world title challenger Wittawas Basapean (34-15-1, 12) [วิทวัส บาซาเปียน] aka Samartlek Kokietgym, over 6 rounds. This was, supposedly, Thitisak's professional debut but he looked like a man with years of professional experience, and seemed super relaxed, calm and sharp though out.
From the opening round it was clear Thitisak wasn't your average novice. He was landing crisp, clean shots from the off, looked like a natural boxer-mover, with smart, quick footwork, accurate punching, and brilliant shot variety. As the bout went on we got a bit of everything from him. He showed he could attack the body, box behind his jab, push forward as a pressure fighter, and even used the shoulder roll at one point.
The only real complain was that the bout was only a 6 rounder as Thitisak looked very capable of going 8 on his debut, and probably even 10. He looked so relaxed, so calm, dictated the pace through out and really never looked in any trouble. The only time he was caught himself he fired back and hurt Samartlek.
We're not sure what the scores were, but we did go to the cards after 6 rounds with Thitisak taking the decision. We could only find a case for Samartlek to have taken a single round, and that was a round where Thitisak focused almost entirely on defense. Even with the novice turning off the offense for the round he still seemed to land the biggest and best single shot of the round.
Given that Samartlek has only been stopped by Denver Cuello, Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi we were surprised by the number of times Thitisak hurt him, and we dare say if the two meet again in 12 months Thitisak could end up stopping the tough veteran in a 12 rounder.
The second bout on the show of note saw touted prospect Nattapong Jankaew (7-0, 3)get given the biggest test of his career as he successfully defended the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title against former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-10, 20).
On paper this looked set up for Nattapong to shine against a name opponent, who had faced Naoya Inoue a few years ago. Instead however it became a seriously tough test and Nattapong was under pressure through out, rocked several times and almost dropped in round 2 by a Petchbarngborn left hook.
Although he survived the scare in round 2 Nattapong never managed to look relaxed for long and was constantly being pressed, pressured and put on to the back foot by the veteran, who looked incredibly determined. This made for a compelling battle of will Vs skill, with Petchbarngborn all fighting from will, desire, hunger, and Nattapong trying to box, keep things at range, and stay away from the heavy counters of the veteran and avoid being pinned on to the ropes.
To his credit Nattapong did have some good rounds, though we don't feel he did enough to actually get the win here. We felt he was tested, and he failed to pass the test. The judges however managed to give him the bout, giving him the decision and allowed him to maintain his 100% winning record, though he did so with some good luck, and fortune.
We are big fans of Nattapong, but this was a poor performance from a man we know can do better. He got caught early and seemed to lose his confidence, whilst Petchbarngborn seemed to build on his and seemed to land a lot of left hooks, showing a serious flaw for Nattapong and his team to work on before he returns to the ring.
Tomorrow on a Tantelecom Promotion show in Thailand we'll get the chance to see novice professional Thitisak Hoithong (0-0) [เก่ง แทนเทเลคอม] take on former world title challenger Wittawas Basapean (34-14-1, 12) [วิทวัส บาซาเปียน] aka Samartlek Kokietgym, in a real baptism of fire of Thitisak.
Although we have been informed that Thitisak was a solid amateur it does appear that this will be his professional debut and comes in against a man who has fought both Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi, and took both men deep into the bout before eventually being stopped by both.
Tomorrow's bout between the two men will be held as the chief support bout of the Tantelecom Promotions show and will take place at Flyweight.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men came in bang on the Flyweight limit, weighing in at 112lbs each. On the scales the novice looked the man in the slightly better shape, but there wasn't much between the two men, who will both be looking to move their career forward tomorrow.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on the Tantelecom facebook page.
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Earlier today Tantelecom promotion announce their November show, and it's a pretty interesting one, featuring one of the brightest prospects on Thai boxing, along with two former world champions.
The main event will see the really highly regarded Nattapong Jankaew (6-0, 3) [สาม แทนเทเลคอม] take on former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-9, 20) [เพชรบางบอน ศิษย์หมอวิวัฒน์], aka Karoon Jarupianlerd.
For Nattapong, who was last seen in the ring defeating Samartlek Kokietgym, more about him in a moment, this is a second notable name on his record and a chance to further move towards a world title fight. The talented young Thai, himself a former amateur standout, has looked brilliant since turning professional and really does have the talent to go a very, very long way in the sport.
As for Petchbarngborn the bout will see him look to build on wins over Filipino foes Matthew Arcillas and Renz Rosia. He is best known for for his 2016 loss to Naoya Inoue, in a bout for the WBO Super Flyweight title, since losing to Inoue he has gone 9-1 (4) and is very much a live opponent for Nattapong here.
The main event will be for the "interim" WBA Asia Super Flyweight title.
Also on this card will be Wittawas Basapean (34-14-1, 12) [วิทวัส บาซาเปียน] aka Samartlek Kokietgym, who will be up against Thitisak Hoithong (?-?) [เก่ง แทนเทเลคอม], who we believe could be making his debut.
Sadly very, very little is known about Thitisak, though he will be fighting at Flyweight here. Samartlek on the other Wittawas on the other hand is well known for bouts against the likes of Naoya Inoue, Akira Yaegashi and Mark Anthony Barriga, and he appears very much to have assumed the role of domestic Thai journeyman, testing domestic prospects on a regular basis. Since losing to Barriga in 2017 the Thai has gone 1-7-1 and shared the ring with some of the best prospects in Thailand.
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 at the Korakuen Hall fans saw former world title challenger Ryohei Takahashi (17-4-1, 7) [高橋竜平] bounce back from his loss to TJ Doheny earlier in the year.
The Japanese fighter was up against Korean visitor Jin Wook Lim (10-7-5, 3) [임진욱] and the difference in class showed early on.
Takahashi's foot work and aggression was key in the early going, pressing the fight and forcing Lim to fight at a harder pace. Although Lim had some moment he taking more than he was giving and he was hurt in round 4 as Takahashi body shots began to take a toll. Those body shots continued in round 5 with Lim returning in his corner between rounds 5 and 6.
Also on this card was a win for Naoki Mochizuki (16-4, 8) [望月直樹], who took an 8 round decision win over former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (34-10-1, 12). The Thai visitor, who has previously fought Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue for world titles, was unable to really get into the fight against the bigger, stronger, more powerful Mochizuki, who won a very clear decision over the Thai veteran.
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