Earlier today WP Boxing announced that the much anticipated bout between 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] was being postponed, again.
The bout was originally set for April 4th at the WP Studios, and was then provisionally delayed to May 2nd. It has now been postponed indefinitely.
The decision to postpone the bout makes complete sense, but is still disappointing news for fight fans.
Interestingly stories from Thailand are emerging that Srisaket's team are negotiations for a much bigger fight when boxing resumes, hopefully later in the year.
With coronavirus cases now growing worldwide we've began to see more and more postponements and the latest of those involve Thai fighters.
Firstly the April 4th WP Boxing event, which was set to be headlined by 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] battling former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] has been provisionally postponed until May 2nd, which is when Work Point would have been planning their next show. The reality however is that we suspect that will be pushed back further with cases in Thailand growing rapidly, with 50 cases confirmed today and more expected.
It's worth noting that this bout was expected to be held behind closed doors, and even that has now been decided as not being enough.
Rather oddly Thailand was a country that appeared to be slow to react to coronavirus, despite the fact it's geographically so close to China and South Korea which were badly effected, and we suspect the epidemic will likely force a suspension of boxing, and other sports, well into the later part of the year, if not into 2021 and beyond.
The other, which was coincidentally set for May 2nd, is the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight world title bout between Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) and Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง]. This bout has been postponed but no date is yet being announced for the event.
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Earlier this month Thai sources reported that former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] would be back in action on March 7th. Sadly that date now appears to be off, but only a month, with Srsiaket's new return date set for April 4th.
Whilst the delay is disappointing, given he's been out of the ring since last April, there is some good news, with his opponent being named, and being someone much better than expected.
We were originally expecting a simple stay busy bout for the popular southpaw from Si Sa Ket, but instead he will be up against former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง], in a bout which will be shown live on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US.
On paper this shouldn't be a massive test for Srisaket, given he's younger, bigger, stronger and more powerful than his fellow Thai, but we do expect to see Srisaket being forced to work for his win against the crafty skills of the 40 year old Amnat, who's still smart even if he is several years beyond his best.
The winner of this will then be expected to move on to a big bout later in the year.
According to Thai sources there is a chance this bout will be fought in a near empty venue, due to the risk of coronavirus, and that a very limited number of fans will be able to attend. The list will be limited, and those who have travelled from abroad close to the fight will not be able to attend.
After rumour and speculation we now, finally, know what's next for former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น]!
The exciting and well like Thai puncher has been confirmed as returning to the ring on March 7th as part of the next WP Boxing event, which will shown on Work Point in Thailand, and is also likely to be shown on DAZN in the US.
The details regarding the bout aren't really that clear at the moment, as in who he will face and how long the bout will be, but to have a date is at least something. As is the fact we know the event will take place in Thailand, from Work Point studios.
For Srisaket this will be his first bout in almost a year, following lats April's loss to Juan Francisco Estrada, and will let him shake off some ring rust before returning to a high level later in the year.
Although Srisaket is the big attraction for the show from what we understand he won't actually be the main event. That honour goes to a match up between teenager Thananchai Charunphak (7-1, 5) veteran Kompayak Porpramook (60-8, 41), aka Suriyan Satorn, who face off in a Flyweight bout.
It's also worth noting that the schedule for the Work Point shows for 2020 is known. This March 7th card will be the first, with the others taking place on April 4th, May 2nd, June 13th or June 20th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th. So not only do we know when Srisaket will be back but also when the stellar WP Boxing events are scheduled. In the past they have been available through US DAZN, and are likely to be available this year as well for US subscribers to the streaming service.
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Earlier today the Thai rumour mill was in action with an interesting story circulating about the return of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น].
The hard hitting Thai, who hasn't fought since last April has been linked to a fight with Englishman Charlie Edwards (15-1, 6), himself a former WBC Flyweight champion.
The rumour goes further than just the bout being mentioned however, and has suggested the bout will be for the WBC "interim" Super Flyweight title, whilst WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27), recovers from an injury that forced him to cancel a planned unification bout with Kal Yafai (26-0, 15).
The rumour has been cooled somewhat by Surachart Phisitvuthinun saying he wasn't award of how the news had gotten out, and that there hadn't been any progress yet with the potential bout.
Whilst this is just a rumour, for now, it was explained that Srisaket is in training and it does seem that he's ready to fight when he gets the call.
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