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.
(Image courtesy of Galaxy Boxing Promotion)
Earlier today we were informed that former Thai amateur star Thani Narinram (0-0) would be making his debut this coming Friday, and is expected to be fast-tracked as a professional in the Minimumweight division, with some Thai sources comparing him to Knockout CP Freshmart.
Although Thani isn't a big name internationally he was a genuine standout on the regional amateur scene and won the 2014 Youth Asian Championship at 49KG's.
On route to that championship win he beat Japan's Yuya Gunji, Kazakh fighter Ertugan Zeynullinov and Korean Han Young Hun, winning all 3 bouts 3:0.
He also competed in the AIBA Youth World Championships that year, though was sadly eliminated by Turkish fighter Mert Karakilic, who reached the quarter final.
Sadly at the time of writing we've yet to hear who Thani will be debuting again, though the hint is that he will be moved through the ranks quickly, and it might only be a few fights until he begins to fight for some form of title.
(Image courtesy of Thairec / Galaxy Promotions)
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