Last night WP Boxing took to social media to give us the sad news that their planned May 1st card at the Workpoint Studio in Bang Phun has had to be postponed, adding to a growing list of postponed shows, due to Covid19, the full statement for which can be read below:
"Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 virus, WP Boxing is aware of the dangers and dangers that may arise from the spread of the virus. And would like to cooperate with all parties to the end In order to resolve the situation quickly
Thankfully, as per the statement, it appears the postponement will be around 1 month, and we'll still be getting the show as was, with the excellent match up between Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) headlining the card. Sadly though it again shows that the Covid19 pandemic isn't over and that boxing is still being affected by it in a big way, as also seen yesterday when 6 Japanese shows were postponed.
Earlier this week WP Boxing announce their next show, and released a poster to promote the show, which will take place on May 1st at the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun. And if we're being honest it is one worthy of some extra attention, even if none of the fighters on it are "stars".
The main event will see touted Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) take on the criminally under-rated Adrian Lerasan (9-4, 2) from the Philippines in a bout for the WBC Asia Flyweight title.
Thananchai is someone we've been big fans of for a few years now and the 21 year old has been racking up notable wins over the likes of Wittawas Basapean (Samartlek Kokietgym), Suriyan Satorn (Kompayak Porpramook) and Wicha Phulaikhao (Pigmy Kokietgym) whilst rising quickly through the ranks. There is a case that he has been beating up old men, but here he takes on a hungry fellow young lion.
Lerasan is not a big name. He's not a big deal. But he is a tricky customer, who's tough and hungry, and will be determined to build on his last to Thailand, when he upset the touted Tanes Ongjunta. In fact Lerasan battered Ongjunta into submission after 8 rounds in one of the forgotten upsets of 2020. To date that is one of two notable wins on his record, with the other being a decision over Jeny Boy Boca, but he also impressed in a 2019 loss to Dave Apolinario and the 22 year old is certainly no push over.
That bout is partnered with another WBC Asia title fight, as will Thai youngster's collide as Danai Ngiabphukhiaw (8-2, 4) takes on the hard hitting Phanuwit Siriwong (8-2, 7) in a Light Flyweight bout. Both of these men are teenagers, neither has created much noise, but a win here will give them a huge boost, and given their styles, with Danai being an accurate puncher and Phanuwit being heavy handed fighter, we should get something of an intriguing stylistic match up.
From the poster it's also confirmed that the show will air not just on Work Point, and the WP Boxing social media channels, but also DAZN, giving the 4 youngsters on the card an international audience. An audience they will be looking to connect with and impress.
Note - For those wondering about the date, the show will air on May 1st in Thailand and April 30th in the US.
Earlier today WP Boxing gave the public a heads up on their future plans, revealing that they would be making a "a big announcement tomorrow at 6PM Thailand time."
The message about a big announcement was released alongside a video showing off some of the highlights of the WP Boxing series so far, and showing off some of the fighters they have under their banner.
We suspect the announcement will relate not just to them continuing to run monthly shows through the rest of 2021 but also potentially announcing their February or March shows.
Given how WP Boxing have done things in the past we expect them to announce at least one solid regional level bout for their first show of the year, and a potential stay busy bout for one of their bigger names, with solid match ups then being announced through out the year for their events.
For those who haven't followed WP Boxing in the past their fighters include the likes of former 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (49-5-1, 42) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], world ranked contender Chainoi Worawut (12-0-1, 11), and rising hopefuls Phongsaphon Panyakum (10-1, 5), Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9) and Apichet Petchmanee (8-0, 2) [อภิเชษฐ เพชรมณี].
Earlier today we got the latest show from the WP Boxing series, run by Nakorluang and shown on Work Point. The card was one of the most interesting in the series with several notable names, a brilliant main event a really fun overall show.
The event kicked off with fast rising Thai youngster Thananchai Charunphak (11-1, 9), who took his latest win, and defended his regional WBC title, with a 4th round KO win against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-14-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
The 39 year old Pigmy looked old and under-sized at the weigh in and those issues seemed clear when the men got in the ring today. To his credit he tried, he came forward and he attempted to make a fight of things, but he was totally out classed from the off by the taller, longer, younger, faster, and sharper Thananchai. The younger man was in control through out, and turned up the heat in round 4, dropping Pigmy twice, with the veteran being counted out in agony after the second knockdown, from a brutal body shot.
The second bout, as we often see with WP Boxing shows, was the main event and saw former world champions face off.
This main event saw IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (21-4, 6) battle former 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-9, 36), in what looked like a really interesting match up. This was originally announced as being a regional title bout at 126lbs, but Amnat reportedly suffered an injury and requested the bout took place at 131lbs, which Pungluang agreed to.
Despite the change in weight the bout delivered. Big time. From the off we had intense action, with Pungluang pressing forward and trying to break down Amnat, who was landing some brilliant counters, slipping shots and showing his incredible skill level. Following a brilliant opening round we saw the action get better and better and rounds 2 through 5 were brilliant. Amnat's ability to soak up the pressure, counter, and use his skills were eye catching, but so too was Pungluang, his pressure, tenacity and toughness. This made it a thrilling contest. It also had some dirty stuff thrown in for extra drama, with Pungluang illegally sending Amnat down in round 5.
Amnat seemed to struggle in rounds 6 and 7, it seemed like his old legs, the body shots of Pungluang and Pungluang's natural strength were breaking him down. It seemed like Amnat would struggle to make it over the finishing line, and then he found his second wind and boxed amazingly, like a man half his age, to secure the final round.
Having gone the distance we then went to the score cards, which favoured Amnat, reportedly with scores of 78-74, and 77-75, twice.
We'll be honest that was one of the best bouts we've seen in Thailand this year, and we would love to see it re-run, over 10 rounds, at 126lbs with a regional title on the line. For those who missed it, it is well worth watching,
In a stay busy bout we also saw Nawaphon Por Chokchai (50-1-1, 40), aka Nawaphon Nakorluang and Nawaphon Kaikanha, pick up his 50th victory as he scored an easy stay busy stoppage win over Yutthichai Wannawong (10-11, 7).
Tomorrow on WorkPoint TV in Thailand we'll get the chance to see WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight champion Thananchai Charunphak (10-1, 8) defending his title against veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-13-2, 25), aka Wicha Phulaikhao.
Today the two men took part for the weigh in for their bout, and on the scales both men made the 112lb limit for the bout, coming in dead on the limit.
Despite the fact both men came in at the same weight they looked very different at the weigh in.
The fresh faced 20 year old Thananchai looked in great shape, he looked young, tall, lean, and like a man on his way up through the ranks heading towards the world rankings. He looked like a man who hasn't had a hard or punishing career, but is instead a man who is at the start of his career, a career that promises a lot.
Pigmy on the other hand looked old, small, balding and like a man that, in fairness, they'd pulled off the street with the promise of food. He looked like someone who father time hadn't been nice to and looked like he should have been several weight classes lower than Thananchai. It really didn't look like he was ready to fight a rising, and very highly regarded prospect.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be shown live on WP Boxing's YouTube and Facebook accounts.
(Image courtesy of WP Boxing)
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