Later today Samson Tor Buamas (40-4, 22) will challenger IBF female Minimumweight champion Joana Pastrana (13-1, 4) in Spain. Yesterday the two women took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both women made weight.
The Thai veteran, also known as Siriporn Taweesuk, came in at 104lbs in what could well be her final notable bout if she loses. She's been around the professional scene for well over a decade and celebrates her 36 birthday next year, so will be fully aware that opportunities at this level will not come around often.
Pastrana on the other hand is a relatively new fighter, who made her debut in 2016 and at 28 years old still has a significant time to carve out her legacy. She was 105lbs on the scales and looked strong and powerful.
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Thailand's Samson Tor Buamas (39-4, 21) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ] was once one of the biggest names in the lower weights of female boxing. She made her name by holding the WBC Light Flyweight title for over a year and recording wins over the likes of Ayaka Miyao, Momo Koseki and Kayoko Ebata. Despite not having the longest reign who would go on to also add the WIBA Minimumweight title and score more notable wins over the likes of Jujeath Nagaowa, Gretchen Abaniel and Aisah Alico.
Now Samson is set to get another chance to become a world champion, with the the Thai challenging IBF female Minimumweight champion Joana Pastrana (13-1, 4) on October 4th in Madrid.
This will be Samson's first shot an IBF world title, though it should be noted that she was beaten by the previous world champion Cai Zong Ju [蔡宗菊], and at the age of 35 this will likely be her final big fight if she fails to pick up the win. Sadly she won't be favoured either, she's not fought since June 2017 and has actually only fought 5 rounds since she suffered a 10 round loss to Ju in May 2016. With ring rust and age against her, as well as travelling to Spain, this will be very hard for the Thai veteran.
Pastrana won the title this past June, when she beat Oezlem Sahin for the vacant title, which had been vacated by Ju. That win for Pastrana saw her extend her current winning run to 6 fights, following a decision loss in October 2016 when she fought much of a bout against Tina Rupprecht with a broken hand.
At the moment little is known about the under-card for the contest, though we will admit that this is a pretty interesting contest, and will either give Pastrana a chance to score a career best win, or will see Samson roll back the clock for one more career defining victory.
Earlier this week Thai sources reported that former world champion Samson Tor Buamas (39-4, 21) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ] would be back in the ring on January 26th, as she faces IBF female Light Flyweight champion Cai Zong Ju (10-1, 1) [蔡,宗菊], in what will be a second bout between the two fighters.
The sources report that the bout will take place in Harbin during the 2018 Harbin Ice Festival, with temperatures expected to be "chilly" to say the least.
For Ju the bout will serve as her second world title defense, and comes just less than a year after she won the title, thanks to a win over Etsuko Tada in the Cotai Arena in Macau. Her only previous defense saw her defeat Filipino veteran Gretchen Abaniel this past October.
For Samson the bout gives her a chance to become a 2-time female world champion, as recognised by the big 4, and claim her first major honour since she lost the WBA female Light Flyweight crown back in 2008. It will also giver her a chance to avenge a 2016 loss to Ju, which earned Ju a shot at the world title.
At the moment noother details have been released about the show, but given the other recent Chinese shows at a similar time of year we are expecting something very interesting for this particular show., if not a double show spread over 2 days as we've seen in the past.
Earlier today fight fans from around the globe turned their attention to China where the IBF held a special event with a trio of televised bouts, including a world title bout.
The first of the televised bouts saw Chinese female fighter Cai Zong Ju (8-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] claim an excellent decision win over Thailand's former world champion Samson Tor Buamas (37-4, 19) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ]. Samson had entered the ring first and was seen by many as the favourite given her huge edge in experience, especially at the higher levels, however her style seemed made to order for Ju who boxed on the back foot excellently and claimed a wide decision win, to claim the IBF Inter-Continental Female Minimumweight title.
The second bout sadly saw the local favourite suffer a loss, with former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠] coming up short against Antonio Jimenez (17-5-1, 7), in an IBF Minimumweight world title eliminator. Zhong had success early, and dropped Jimenez in the early stages. Sadly however the Chinese fighter unable to keep up the heat and was out boxed by the much taller Jimenez, who claimed a split decision win over the local fighter, who now likely ends up retiring from the sport and following his historic career.
In the main event fans saw a slight surprise as Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14) scored a 4th round KO win over previously undefeated Thai Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] to claim the IBF Flyweight title. Casimero had seemingly lost the first 3 rounds but a crunching left hook upstairs in the early stages of round 4 dropped Amnat who was never able to recover and was stopped soon afterwards from a body shot, that sent Amnat down for the second time.
Earlier today it was confirmed that Thairath, AKA Thai TV channel 32, would be airing the upcoming rematch between IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0, 5) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] and Johnriel Casimero (21-3, 13), on May 25th.
From what we understand the bout will be aired at 8PM in Thailand as well as being aired in China, with CCTV5 looking likely to air that one.
The Thai TV coverage of this card is the second bit of news for this card along with the announcement that the touted Meng Fanlong (6-0, 4) would be facing Australian Rob Powdrill (6-2, 1), in what is a genuinely tough ask for Meng.
Sadly it's unclear what bouts Thairath will be showing. They will be covering the main event though it's not yet been confirmed whether they will be showing the key support bout between Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) [熊朝忠] and Antonio Jimenez (16-5-1, 7) or the female bout between Cai Zong Ju (6-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] and Thailand's own Samson Tor Buamas (37-3, 19) [แซมซั่น ต.บัวมาศ].
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