The current on going global issues have lead to some interesting stories, both positive and negative. Among those is the situation where a fighter has essentially found themselves stuck in a foreign country.
According to Thai news sources that has happened to Japanese Lightweight hopeful Kaiki Yuba (7-0-2, 5) [湯場海樹], who has reportedly spent the last few months in Thailand. Despite being stuck on foreign soil Yuba hasn't wasted his time and has instead been continuing to tick over and train, and has been training with with teenage Thai puncher Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12).
For those unaware Thanongsak is a highly regarded Light Flyweight hopeful who has been dubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and is co-promoted by Japanese promoted Green Tsuda. That link to the Japanese gym has likely been furthered here, with Thanongsak likely picking up some Japanese and getting a chance to train with a much bigger fighter.
At the moment it seems that boxing is set to return too Thailand on July 11th, with a card from TL Boxing, that's a day earlier than boxing in Japan. We are now expecting a spate of shows to be announced in the coming weeks as fighters start to be pencilled in for events in August and September. Seeing fighters ticking over with training, where ever they are, is certainly going to help their chances of fighter sooner rather than later, and getting their career back on track.
Earlier today in Thailand fight fans got an unexpected treat as teenage puncher Thanongsak Simsri (14-0, 12), dubbed "Srisaket II" in Thailand, took a relative shortly notice bout and took on Suriya Puttaluksa (0-3), in what was clearly a stay busy bout.
The bout, at the Kiatkririn Fitness & Martial Art, in Bang Phli, saw the unbeaten Simsri stopping his man in the 4th round of a bout scheduled for 6 to extend his unbeaten record, and the win-less record of his opponent.
Although a stay busy bout it does appear that the Thai is going to have a super busy scheduled in 2020, with the plan being to fight every 2 months through the year. The first of those bouts was obviously today's with the next pencilled in for April in Osaka, against a Japanese opponent. We suspect this bout will be taking place on April 12th at the EDION Arena Osaka, on the recently confirmed "Crash Boxing" show.
As well as being active this year it seems the intention is for Simsri to pick up a number of regional titles and strengthen his position as a world ranked fighter.
It seems clear their are very big plans for the youngster, but the focus is obviously on nurturing his ability rather than rushing him, and this seems to be the smart plan given that the 18 year old hasn't even been a professional for 2 years yet.
Although not many international fans will be aware of unbeaten teenager Thanongsak Simsri (13-0, 11) he has been receiving a lot of attention in Asia, with his Thai team working with Green Tsuda in Japan to develop him.
The youngster began his career with 11 stoppages, and earned the moniker "Srisaket II", but was fighting at a low level. That was until today, when he stepped up and rose to the challenge, by beating world ranked Filipino Christian Bacolod (12-1, 9) in a hotly contested 8 round bout at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The bout was a competitive contest from the off, with both men looking to fight behind their jabs early on, looking to establish their tempo. Bacolod seemed to do more of the eye catching work early on, but was taking the heavier single shots, particularly to the body.
As the bout wore on those heavy body shots proved vital, with Bacolod slowing down, throwing less and taking fewer risks. He wasn't out classed, but the heavy hands of the Thai were taking their toll on him and catching the eye more than the jabs of the Filipino visitor.
As we went into the later stages neither man seemed confident whether they were in the lead or not, so both stood their ground more, however it was Bacolod looking to back off more and it was the Thai youngster who pressed more, trying to make the most of his physical strength and power. In the end that proved to be vital, with Simsri doing just enough to take the win, with scores of 77-76 and 77-75, twice.
At 19 years old this is a huge win for Simsri, who moves a step towards a really big fight. It's clear he needs more seasoning, but this bout will have done him the world of good and we suspect his team will target some form of a regional title in the near year. As for Bacolod the loss is a notable set back, but he showed his skills and ability, and should not be written off here. He was competitive through out and if he keeps his hunger he will find himself back in the mix sooner rather than later.
We've known for a while the Green Tsuda would be putting on the next show in their Crash Boxing series on December 8th, at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The focus of that card is a title triple header, involving one Japanese title fight, one WBO Asia Pacific title fight and one Japanese Youth title fight, though there are several other fights of note on the card. One of those is a clash between unbeaten hopefuls, as they both look to position themselves for big fights in 2020.
The bout in question will see unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), from Thailand, take on world ranked Filipino Christian Bacolod (12-0, 9) at Light Flyweight.
The unbeaten Simsri has been dubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press due to his power and aggression, and the fact he is also from Si Sa Ket in Thailand. His ability has caught the eye of Green Tsuda, who currently help guide his career. He began his professional career with 11 straight stoppage wins before being taken the 6 round distance last time out by the tough Lerdchai Chaiyawed back in October, in what was his 7th bout of 2019.
The 25 year old Bacolod is already ranked #11 in the world by the IBF and although he's not looked unbeatable he has been impressive, though has only fought on the domestic Filipino scene. This is not only his first bout outside of the Philippines but also his first against a non-Filipino opponent. Despite his competition so far he has looked good and is a clear step up in class for Simsri, though is also taking on his biggest test to date.
At the moment it's unclear how this show will be made public, but given the quality on it we wouldn't be surprised by either Boxing Raise or Asign getting behind it and sharing what is a very interesting show.
Today has been a hectic day already in Asian boxing, with shows in the Philippines, Thailand and Kazakhstan all worthy not note. For it was the Thai card that seemed to be the most surprising as a number of notable names were added to it at short notice. Given the short notice none of them were really tested, but there was a few results worthy of note, mostly by fighters looking to bounce back from losses.
The most interesting of the results from the card regarded unbeaten teenager puncher Thanongsak Simsri (12-0, 11), who was fighting for the 7th time this year. The 19 year old went into the ring having stopped everyone he had faced, but that run came to an end today thanks to the under-rated Lerdchai Chaiyawed (2-4, 1) who survived the 6 round distance. The hard hitting Thanongsak took a comfortable decision but couldn't see off Lerdchai, who has gone the distance with the likes of Ryoki Hirai, Seita Ogido and the hotly tipped Issei Ochiai and holds a vert good win over Samartlek Kokietgym.
Aged 24 we do wonder what Lerdchai could accomplish if a good trainer gets behind him. He's naturally talented, but needs someone to help develop that of his. Whilst it's a shame to see "Srisaket II" go the distance the bout will serve Thanongsak well in terms of his development, and this was clearly a bout where he will have learned a lot about himself.
The most well known fighter on the under-card was former world title challenger Teeraphong Utaida (39-7-1, 21), aka Fahlan Sakkreerin, Jr, who was fighting for the first time since a loss in the Philippines to Jayson Mama in March. He went the 4 round scheduled with Nirun Baonok (5-18, 4), aka Rungniran Korat Sport School, in what is a very disappointing result. Niron has lost 7 in a row now, and was stopped in 3 of hose 7 bouts, so to see him hear the final bell against Fahlan is disappointing.
Thankfully Thanongsak wasn't the only prospect on the card picking up a win, as 28 year old Aran Dipaen (7-2, 6) bounced back from his September loss to Tommy Frank in the UK by stopping Wisitsak Saiwaew (6-9, 5) in the opening round. This isn't an amazing win on paper, but Dipaen did stop Wisitsak quicker than Sho Kimura and Songsaeng Phoyaem. Dipaen is expected to now fight for a regional title in November after getting the confidence building, bounce back win here.
Veteran Komsan Polsan (39-11-1, 25), aka Patomsuk Pathompothong, was previously seen in the ring being stopped in 2 rounds by Takeshi Inoue and he today bounced by beating the debuting Witaya Dechkrong (0-1) in 2 rounds, in what was a bit of a farce.
Another fighting rebuilding after a loss was Sitthidet Banti (12-5, 6), aka Denchana Sakkreerin, bounced back from a loss in Japan to Takuma Takahashi by stopping novice Decha Takote (0-3) in the second round. Last time out, just back in August, Sitthidet suffered his first stoppage loss and this was clearly made a confidence builder against a teenager who has been taken out early in all 3 losses now.
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