Earlier today saw the official weigh in in London for a number of fights. They included the WBA Bantamweight title fight between Tabtimdaeng Na Rachwat (52-2, 34) and Jamie McDonnell (23-2-1, 10).
The weigh in saw Tabtimdaeng come in comfortably inside the Bantamweight limit weighing 117lbs whilst McDonnell was half a pound heavier at 117.5lbs.
Unfortunately Tabtimdaeng isn't only the lighter man on the scales but was also significantly shorter, as seen in the image. The height, reach and weight disadvantages won't help the Thai who will be fighting the most talented opponent of his career anyway.
Whilst we want to say good luck to Tabtimdaeng we don't see him being able to hang with the talented Englishman who has been priced as a very prohibitive 1/5 favourite, having dropped slightly from 2/9, which was the original price.
(Image courtesy of FrochGroves2)
Earlier today we noticed that online betting firm Paddy Power were offering odds on the winner of the upcoming WBA Bantamweight title fight between Thailand's Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (52-2, 34) and British foe Jamie McDonnell (23-2-1, 10).
Whilst we expect more bookies to join in, and odds to change a lot by fight time, the opening price on McDonnell appears to be 2/9 making him a huge favourite over the Thai who is priced at 3/1. Whilst these were identical prices to the recent Kazuto Ioka/Amnat Ruenroeng fight we don't expect a similar upset, in fact we don't give Tabtimdaeng any chance at all of upsetting the Brit.
At the moment there are "method of victory" odds or round betting markets but we'd imagine they would all become available nearer to fight night which is of course on May 31st, still almost 3 weeks away.
Note-Odds used for informational purposes only and we do not advocate gambling.
(Image courtesy of paddy power)
We're happy to report that WBA #3 ranked contender Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (52-2, 34) will be getting a long over-due world title fight, and he'll be getting it on one of the biggest stages of all.
The 30 year old Thai veteran who has been a professional since 2003 has been confirmed to be the opponent of former IBF champion Jamie McDonnell (23-2-1, 10) in a battle for the vacant WBA Bantamweight belt. Not only that but the fight will take place in the world famous Wembley Stadium in the UK on May 31st as part of the Carl Froch/George Groves II under card.
The bout, pitting the #3 and #4 ranked WBA fighters against each other, is a great match up.
Whilst it's a great fight we do, sadly, favour McDonnell to get the job done, despite the fact Tabtimdaeng is unbeaten in 18 fights dating back to a shock loss to Roli Gasca back in 2010. Since that loss Tabtimdaeng has become a 2-time PABA champion and been in the rankings for quite a while though has unfortunately never fought outside of Thailand before.
With McDonnell's grinding and hard working style we sadly can't envision Tabtimdaeng surviving the 12 rounds so the Thai will need to try and hurt McDonnell early, something much easier said than done.
For those wanting to watch the bout it has been confirmed for Sky Box Office and will be part of the Froch/Grove PPV show. We're also assuming that Thai TV will pick it up as well.
(Image courtesy of the PABA and Boxrec.com)
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