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.
Yesterday in Thailand fight fans saw a trio of notable Thai's in action on a small card from the Khon Kaen Central Plaza.
The most notable of those results was a win for former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (43-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, who defended his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title with a clear decision win against the limited, but tough, Tanzanian challenger Salehe Mkalekwa (14-8, 4). The Thai was in control through out, with the judges scoring this one 100-90 and 99-91, twice.
The plan now is for Teerachai's team to attend a WBA event in China this coming Thursday to push for a potential world title fight, or eliminator.
A second WBA Asia title bout saw Dennapa Kiatniwat (21-2, 16) stop Indonesian veteran Samuel Tehuayo (21-46-2, 16), in a total mismatch, to claim the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title. Tehuayo, also known as Sammy Hagler, was stopped in round 8 after taking a bit of a beating.
The third bout of note saw former Thai amateur star Thani Narinram (1-0) score a 4 round decision over a fellow Thai, in what is expected to be the first bout of a very successful career for Narinram.
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Later today in Thailand Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (42-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, will defend his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Tanzanian challenger Salehe Mkalekwa (14-7, 4).
Yesterday the two men went through their weigh in for the bout, and both men came in at 154lbs, making the divisional limit for the contest with no issues at all.
It's assumed that if Teerachai retains his title here his team will look to push him towards a second world title fight in 2020. A loss for the Thai however would be very hard to bounce back from at this point in term, especially given the manner in which he fell apart against Lucas Matthysse in his previous bout at world level.
The chief under-card bout will also be a bout for a WBA Asia title, with Dennapa Kiatniwat (20-2, 15) taking on Indonesian veteran Samuel Tehuayo (21-45-2, 16) in a bout for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title. These two men both hit the scales at 115lbs.
Also on this card will be the debut of former Thai amateur star Thani Narinram (0-0), who looks like he will be one to watch going forward.
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Earlier today in Thailand fight fans had a couple of notable bouts to tune into on a Galaxy Promotion card. They weren't big bouts, but they were certainly notable contests.
The lesser of the two bouts saw novice professional Theeraphan Polsongkarm (2-0, 1) impressively defeating former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-13-1, 19) in a bout for the WBA Asia South Bantamweight title. This was a massive step up in class for Theeraphan, who debuted in March against Suor Carryboy, that didn't seem to phase the youngster who let Inthanon come to him and countered brilliantly early on.
As the bout went on Theeraphan began to turn the tables more, coming forward more and backing up the veteran and then sending him down to the canvas in round 7 following a brutal combination. Inthanon was concious but was a beaten man, and took the 10 count.
It should be noted that Theeraphan was listed on Thai TV as being 11-0 (8) entering the bout, and was referred to as Oscar Master Toddy Gym.
The other notable bout on this card saw former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (42-1, 31) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, easily retain his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Filipino foe Junjesie Ibgos (13-5, 11).
The Thai looked the boss through out and sent Ibgos down with a left hook to the body mid way through 2. Ibgos got back to his feet but was sent down a second time, taking the full count on this occasion.
The hope in Thailand is for Teerachai to land a big fight in the near future, but this really won't have prepared him for anyone of note, sadly.
This coming Saturday is a truly hectic day for fight fans in Asia, with notable cards in Japan, Philippines and Thailand.
The headline bout from Thailand will see former "world" title challenger Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 30) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม], aka Tewa Kiram, defending his WBA Asia Light Middleweight title against Filipino foe Junjesie Ibgos (13-4, 11).
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales Teerachai was 154lbs whilst Ibgos was slightly lighter, scaling 152lbs.
The chief support bout for this card will see Theeraphan Polsongkarm (1-0) take on former world title challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang (31-12-1, 19). These two also made weight for their contest, which will take place at Bantamweight.
For fans wanting to watch this card it will be televised on Thai channel 31 from 15:15 local time.
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