Earlier today Thai promotional outfit TL Promotions announced their next show under the "The Fighter" banner and it's an interesting double header, with two young and emerging talent battling against veterans of the Thai scene. It's not a massive card, by any stretch, but it's an interesting one, and one that will be available to view, for free.
The main event will see 17 year old sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (10-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน], aka Sangarthit Looksaikongdin, defending his WBA Asia Light Welterweight title against former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-7, 41) [ชลธาร อ.พิริยะภิญโญ], aka Suriya Tatakhun.
Despite making his debut back in 2018, as a 14 year old, we really saw Phoobadin announce himself as one to watch in 2020. He impressed in July, when he beat Muay Thai stand out Kulabdam Sor.Jor.Piek-U-Thai, to win the WBA Asia title, and then stopped the talented Atchariya Wirojanasunobol a few months later to record his first defense. Those wins, as well as some training clips from Thailand, saw Phoobadin's profile sky rocket, and he is now on the verge of becoming one of the most notable fighters in Thailand.
Chonlatarn on the other hand is a proper veteran. The 36 year old has been a professional since 2003 and has faced some genuinely big names during his 68 fight career. Fans who recognise his name will likely be aware that he has shared the ring with the likes of Yoddamrong Sithyodthong, Chris John, Vasyl Lomachenko and Miguel Berchelt. Sadly though he was schooled by "Loma" and blasted by Berchelt, and since then he aged, and is naturally a tiny fighter at 140lbs. In theory his experience should see him asking some questions of Phoobadin, but we suspect he'll get stopped by the younger, bigger man.
The other bout announced for the show will see Tanes Ongjunta (7-1, 4) [จอมโว ก.ศักดิ์ลำพูน] battle against Kompayak TC Muay Thai (61-11, 41), [คมพยัคฆ์ ทีซีมวยไทย], aka Kompayak Porpramook or Suriyan Satorn, with this bout being for the WBA Asia Flyweight title.
The once beaten Ongjunta is a 28 year old who was a solid amateur before beginning his professional careeer in 2019. After winning his irst 4 bouts he was upset by unheralded Filipino Adrian Lerasan in March 2020, though has bounced back with 3 straight wins and got his career back on track.
Kompayak on the other hand is grizzled veteran, who is now 38 years old and made his debut all the way back in 2000. At his best he was world class, and did actually hold the WBC Light Flyweight following an amazing win over Adrian Hernandez in 2011. Sadly his reign was a short one and now a days he has become something of a domestic gate keeper picking up losses against the likes of Nonthasith Petchnamthong and Phongsaphon Panyakum last year. Despite picking up losses, losing 6 of his last 8, he always comes to fight and should make for an entertaining bout here, even if he does come up short.
For fans wanting to watch this show, it will be aired live on Thairath and on Facebook, though either the TL Promotions page or "The Fighter" page.
Earlier today in Thailand we saw the first Thai of 2021 thanks to TL Promotions and their "The Fighter" series of shows. The card wasn't a massive one, but was an interesting one with a major, albeit very faded, name in the main event taking on a man some see as part of the future of the Thai boxing scene.
That main event saw former IBF Flyweight king Amnat Ruenroeng (21-5, 6), best known for his wins against the likes of Zou Shiming, Kazuto Ioka and Johnriel Casimero, battling against the promising Arnon Yupang (7-1, 3). Up for grabs, for the winner, was the vacant WBA Asia South Featherweight title.
From the off it was clear this wasn't going to be the most entertaining bout we'd ever see. It was cagey from the off with neither man in a rush to take risks. The caginess was likely to suit Amnat, who has made a career out of being cagey, and dirty, but it was actually Yupang who made the most of things. He was the quicker man, the younger man, and the sharper man. That speed and youth allowed him to land single shots and get away before Amnat caught him with anything too serious.
To his credit Amnat looked the stronger man, the powerful man and the bigger man. He also looked the more willing to press and pressure, but at 41 years old his tired body couldn't keep up the intensity for long and when the two men did let their hands go for something resembling an exchange it was Yupang who was out landing his man in terms of volume.
Through the first 6 rounds neither man was hurt, though at the very start of round 7 a huge counter left hook from Yupang dropped the former champion. Sadly due to Thairath showing replays from the previous round the knockdown wasn't shown live, and it wasn't until the end of the round that we got to fully understand why Amnat was on the canvas. To his credit, once again, Amnat didn't seem too badly hurt and got to his feet before taking the fight to Yupang, but it was clearly a 10-8 round for the younger man.
Yupang continued to use his speed in the final rounds, not letting Amnat lure him into anything stupid.
After 10 rounds we went to the scorecards, and whilst we didn't get the scoring specifics, Yupang was announced the winner, and the new champion.
Interestingly Yupang is now a 2-time WBA Asia South Featherweight champion, first winning the title in July 2020 when he beat Inthanon Sithchamuang, but lost just weeks after winning it. This time around he'll be hoping for a much longer reign.
Despite the loss Amnat showed that he can continue to be matched at this level, even at 41, and we're really hoping he doesn't call it a day. Instead we're hoping that he takes on more aggressive fighters, which allows him to use some of tricks, rather than younger, faster, speedy boxers like Yupang.
It's fair to say one of the few winners of 2020 in terms of boxing has been Thailand, with the country giving us some excellent match making this year, and perfectly blending match ups in a way we have rarely seen from the country. The inability to import foreign foes has made the promoters step up and deliver in some very impressive ways. Not only have they been bringing prospects along but they have also been matching veterans in some very fun to watch bouts.
Whilst Thailand has given us some great bouts it did seem like one got away from us in September, when teenager sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน] had to pull out of a bout against Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (13-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม] due to an injury. Thankfully however that bout didn't vanish into the ether and it's now been confirmed that the bout will take place later this month! In fact the bout is now set for November 28th on the next TL Promoted "The Fighter" show, which will be aired live on Thairath, and will be for the WBA Asia 140lb title that Phoobadin won earlier this year.
Originally the contest had been set for September 26th before the 16 year old Phoobadin was forced to take time to rest. As a result Atchariya took on Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 10) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon, instead whilst giving Phoobadin time to recover. That bout resulted in a decision win for Atachariya, who was fighting for the first time in over 2 years.
For those that aren't aware Atchariya went through a nightmare 2 years. In 2018 he was arrested at a Thai airport on drug charges, days before a fight in Japan against Andy Hiraoka. Those charges against him collapsed earlier this year, though they had cost him 18 or so months of his career. His return to normality was an emotional one, and his hunger to get back into the ring to make up for lost time is something that needs to be commended.
As for Phoobadin the teenage sensation is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Thailand, and has shown to be very advanced for his young age. He is now recovered from the injuries that kept him out of the ring in September and will be looking to score his most notable win to date as he takes on the 31 year old Atchariya.
Earlier today TL Boxing Promotions confirmed that Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน] was not going to be able to compete in a scheduled bout set for September 26th against the unbeaten Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม].
The 16 year old sensation was sadly forced to pull out due to a back injury that has hampered his preparation for the bout. Rather than risk his health the promoter for the event have looked elsewhere to find a fitting replacement and have managed to come up with a good one, given the limited time frame.
The replacement to take on Atchariya will be veteran Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-6, 10) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], aka Krai Setthaphon, with the two men clashing for the WBA Asia South Welterweight title.
Whilst it's a shame that Phoobadin is out of this bout, which seemed a brilliant test on paper, we're glad to see a good looking bout take it's place, and one with a bit of history.
Back in 2018 Atchariya took a very thin majority decision over Kaewfah on a WP Boxing event. It was, and still is, the biggest win of his career. Sadly he has actually only fought twice since that win, having been arrested in 2019, on route to facing Andy Hiraoka, on drug charges. Those charges collapsed earlier this year, and the unbeaten Atchariya has decided to continue his boxing career, and try to get his career back on track of 31 and having lost 2 years of career.
Kaewfah will obviously be looking to avenge his loss to Atchariya, but since that loss he has gone 2-2, and has been stopped in his last 2 bouts. He is also the naturally smaller man and, at 34 years old, the older man.
Given the late replacement nature of the bout, and the history between the two men, and Atchariya's out of the ring issues, we do like this bout. It's as good as the originally scheduled bout, but it's certainly not a bad replacement.
For fans wanting to watch this one live, it will be aired on Thairath, Thai channel 32, from 16:10 local time on September 26th. And we think we talk for everyone by wishing Phoobadin a speedy recovery from his injury.
Yesterday TL Boxing Promotions, the company who put on "The Fighter" series, announced their next show would take place on August 29th at Suamlum Night Bazaar, Ratchadaphisek, Bangkok.
Whilst they didn't announce all the bouts on that show they did announce the main event, which will be a WBA Asia South Featherweight title bout.
That title bout will see unbeaten champion Arnon Yupang (5-0, 2) make his first defense as he takes on the debuting Nonthasith Petchnamthong (0-0), who Muay Thai fans may know as Prachanchay PK Saenchaimuaythai.
The 23 year old Arnon won the title in July, when he beat Inthanon Sithchamuang, and despite being a regional title holder already he has only been a professional since late last year, making his debut in November. He began his career with 4 wins in the space of around 7 weeks in "The Fighter" before his career best win against Inthanon.
Sadly we really don't know much about his opponent, though we have been informed he is an experienced Muay Thai fighter, and is actually close friends with Arnon. Whether that means the two will be nice or look to show who is the better fighter is unclear.
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