Last week it was reported that Sarawut Thawornkham (21-3, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ] had pulled out of a bout set to take place in December, against Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), due to an injury suffered in training. What was unclear at the time was just how serious that injury was.
On Friday Sarawut, also known as Dennapa, took to social media to essentially announce his retirement from the sport at the age of just 29.
The fighter, best known for his 2019 bout with Artem Dalakian, reported that he had been having headaches on November 11th, which lasted until November 13th. He tried to train after the head ache but suffered muscle spasms on November 14th and was dizzy the following two days.
He also stated (translated from Thai)
"Overall symptom is starting to come back normal, but I need to rest for a long time.
I need to stop being a boxer life.
Thank you to the adults who always support me.
Thank you boxing fans for always supporting me.
Thank you everyone with my heart."
With that said it seems clear that this is almost certainly the end for the once highly touted Thai contender.
We want to wish Sarawut the best, both in retirement and with his health in general. We also need to say it's better he hangs them up than continue on with the health issue's he's explaining here, as it sounds like any more punches to the head would be too many punches to the head.
Earlier today news from Thailand broke that we would be getting two WBA Asia title fights in late February, with two men who have fought at world level.
The first of those will see Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (43-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, defending his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title, against South African based Congolese born Eric Kapia (22-3-2-1, 4). For Teerachai we believe this will be his 5th defense of the title, and will be his 6th bout since losing to Lucas Matthysse back in January 2018. As for Kapia this will be his first fight in Asia, and only his second bout outside of Africa. It'shis first bout since losing in Russia last March to Vaghinak Tamrazyan.
The bout above will take place on February 28th.
the other will be for the WBA Asia Flyweight title and will see Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-2, 16) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, battle against Filipino foe Jeny Boy Buca (13-6, 11). The Thai will be fighting for the second time since a loss last June to Artem Dalakian in a WBA Flyweight title fight. Buca on the other hand is looking to score his first win in Thailand, having lost in his only bout in the country back in 2016 when he was stopped by Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking. He is also looking to score his second successive win, following a 3 fight losing run.
The above bout will take place on February 29th.
This coming weekend we'll see WBA Flyweight champion Artem Dalakian (18-0, 13)take on mandatory challenger Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, form Thailand.
Originally the plan had been for Thai TV to carry the bout, and show the contest live, though sadly due to some sort of communication error that won't be the case any more and unfortunately the bout will not be aired in Thailand at all.
Whilst that's certainly disappointing news there is a big silver cloud to this, and that is that it seems X Sport, who will be showing the bout in Ukraine, will have an international stream for fans who want to watch online. This gives Thai fans the chance to see the bout, even if there is no live TV broadcast in the country.
Of course this is great news for fans outside of Thailand as well, with the X Sport stream being available around the globe.
Related - Dennapa takes on unbeaten WBA king Dalakian
(Image courtesy of Galaxy Boxing Promotion / Talk about World Boxing )
Earlier today Thai sources began to report that a deal has now been done for the WBA Flyweight title fight, between unbeaten champion Artem Dalakian (18-0, 13) and #1 contender Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham.
The full details haven't yet emerged though all sources are reporting that it will take place in June in Ukraine, giving Dalakian home advantage.
For the Ukrainian champion the bout will be his third defense of the title, following defenses against Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep and Gregorio Lebron. Like those two this will be at home, as he looks to build his reputation as a top quality champion. For the Thai however this will be his first world title bout, and his biggest test so far, by far. Coming in to this the 27 year old Thai has won his last 20, but his competition has been relatively poor against regional journeymen.
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