Earlier today we saw a new WBA Asia Light Heavyweight champion being crowned in Thailand, thanks to a strange match up for the bout put on the latest episode of "The Fighter".
The show, promoted by TL Promotions and televised on Thairath, saw former Welterweight contender Tewa Kiram (44-1, 31), also known as Teerachai Kratingdaenggym and now fighting at Teerachai Sithmorseng, face off with countryman Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (21-7, 14), himself a former Welterweight.
At the weigh in neither man looked great. In fact both seemed to be carrying a solid amount of excess weight. Despite that it was clear that Teerachai was in better shape. He wasn't anywhere close to being "in shape" but he wasn't jiggling around the ring like Chaloemporn, who was sporting a coupleof spare tyres.
The early portion of the bout saw Teerachai control the bout at range behind his solid straight shots. His hand speed and reach advantages played a major role in him controlling the action, whilst Chaloemporn trudged forward, slowly eating leather from Teerachai.
As the rounds went on Teerachai built up a bigger and bigger lead on the cards, despite Chaloemporn pressing the action he was struggling to keep the pace with Teerachai who's output was better, and his shots were landing cleaner.
In round 9 Teerachai managed to drop his man, who, by then, was looking exhausted and like a beaten man. To his credit however he was gutting it out, staying tough, and managed to get up from the knockdown, see out the round and grit out round 10 as well, surviving the distance.
Give how the fight had been, with Teerachai in near completely control, it was clear he had done enough to take the decision and his arm was indeed raised by the referee after the scorecards were read out.
(Image courtesy of TL Promotions/The Fighter/KomThai)
Over the weekend TL Promotions released a video essentially announce the main event of their December 19th card, and it's got a compelling, yet strange, all-Thai main event between a former Welterweight title challenger and a 32 year old who has bounced back from 5 straight T/KO losses in a 10 month run to land one of the biggest fights of his career.
The match up in question will see Tewa Kiram (43-1, 31), also known as Teerachai Kratingdaenggym, face off with Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (21-6, 14), previously known as Chaloermporn Singwancha, with the men clashing up at Light Heavyweight for the WBA Asia title.
Of the two men it's Teerachai who is the much, much more well known fighter. 28 year old ran up a 38-0 record earlier in his career before travelling to the US in 2018 and facing Lucas Matthysse for the WBA "regular" Welterweight title, and gave a good effort early on before being taken out in round 8, in what was rather disappointing fashion. Since that loss he has moved up in weight and began to make a mark at 154lbs, but will be climbing further up the scales for this bout. Notably his last fight came in November 2019.
Chaloermporn on the other hand has never really made any mark outside of Asia. He began his career with a solid unbeaten run of his own, going 17-0 (13) before suffering 5 straight TKO losses against the likes of Azizbek Abdugofurov, Ainiwaer Yilixiati and Pui Yu Lim. He picked up an easy win to end that run before suffering another TKO loss in 2017. Sine then however he has picked up 3 wins to give him some career momentum, for now, and he actually fought more recently than Teerachai, with his last bout coming in December 2019.
Interestingly the 32 year old Chaloermporn has been fighting at Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight the past few years, though he will be the much, much shorter man when the two get get in the ring in December.
Like other shows from TL Promotions this will be aired on Thairath, continuing the very good relationship between the promoter and broadcaster.
The hype video for the bout can be seen below thanks to TL Promotion's YouTube channel
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.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
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.
(Image courtesy of Galaxy Boxing Promotion)
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