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
Boxing can, and is, often full of hyperbole, and trying to build a fighter's reputation and name quickly to grab attention, whether the fighter deserves it or not. For every sensational prospect, like Naoya Inoue or Kosei Tanaka we've seen a flop who failed to cut it for whatever reason, such as Stamp Kiatniwat or Marvin Sonsona.
With that in mind we need to be cautious when raving about young prospects. However 16 year old Thai Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (10-0, 5) is making it really hard to not get over-excited. That is particularly true after what we saw him do earlier today Suamlum Night Bazaar, on a TL Promoted event shown live on Thairath. In fact what we saw from Phoobadin today makes it impossible not to suggest that Thailand have a genuine future champion making his name.
The unbeaten teenager, who turns 17 in January, was up against the unbeaten Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (13-1, 5) earlier today, with Phoobadin looking to defend his WBA Asia Light Welterweight title for the first time.
Coming in to this it looked like a real test for the teenager. After all Atchariya was a highly touted fighter himself until he ended up being arrested on drugs charges, which were later dropped. He had looked good in his in ring return earlier this year and was once tipped for big things. Whilst he was potentially on the slide he was still only 31 and was very much a fighter with a point to prove.
In the opening round Atchariya pressed the action, he was the one coming forward, but that was at some expense as Phoobadin began to read him, counter him with big single rights hands and mentally crack Atchariya. The pressure from the challenger continued in rounds 2 and 3, but round by round Phoobadin was building his success, growing into the fight, and slowly starting to make Atchariya apprehensive. The right hand counters were eye catching, the body shots were subtle, and the movement was smart. Phoobadin was slowly taking the fight out of Atchariya without putting a lot of effort into things.
By round 5 Atchariya was slowing to the point where looked unsure of himself. He seemed to realise that when he threw he was going to get countered. Not only was he becoming less willing to throw shows but Phoobadin was beginning to open up more himself, ending the round with a good flurry.
It seemed like Phoobadin was happy to out box Atchariya, fight a slow, deliberate bout, and take control slowly. Relying on his boxing and speed rather than anything else. Then everything changed as Phoobadin let his shots go, and landed a shot around the ear that seemed to totally take the legs away from Atchariya, who wobbled. A following wobbled him again, before he hit the canvas for the first knockdown. He got to his feet without any problems but Phoobadin smelled blood and went in for the kill, scoring a second knockdown and forcing Atchariya's corner to come in to the ring before he got back up.
Despite fighting at a very slow tempo for 4 and a bit rounds Phoobadin impressed here. He showed he could box, he could get a read on an opponent, he could counter and then, when the time came for it, he could turn up the pace, put his foot on the gas and force a finish. This was a very, very complete performance for a 16 year old who will know there is pressure on his shoulders but seems very comfortable with that pressure and seems to be getting better fight after fight.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see a really interesting WBA Asia title bout at 140lbs as 16 year old champion Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน] takes on fellow unbeaten Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (13-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม] on the latest episode of "The Fighter", promoted by TL Promotions and shown on Thairath.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the 140lb limit, although they did so in different fashions.
The 31 year old Atchariya made weight first time, coming in under the limit at 139.8lbs. For him him this will be just the second bout for more than 2 years, after being arrested on drugs charges at an airport on route to a fight in Japan, against Andy Hiraoka. Those charges collapsed this year, but by then he had already all momentum in his career, his rankings, and had been out of the ring for well over a year by the time of his release. He is now looking to get his career back on track, and looked decent last time out, when he took a clear decision win over Kaewfah Tor Buamas in September. That was his first bout in over 2 years and came when Kaewfah actually replaced Phoobadin, who suffered an injury in the build up to the bout.
Whilst the challenger made weight with no issues, the champion actually did struggle to make weight. On his first attempt make weight he was 140.8lbs and needed a second attempt on the scales to make weight, hitting the limit of 140lbs dead on. It's unclear if he actually struggled with the weight, or just misjudged things, but it's a worry ahead of what is a very big step up in class for the youngster. A win here boosts his standing, and will push him on to the fringes of the WBA world rankings, but a loss will leave many wondering whether the 16 year wunderkind is really as good as touted.
Again for fans wanting to watch it will be aired from 4PM local time on Thairath, which is Thai TV channel 32.
(Image courtesy of - The Fighter Thailand)
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 in Thailand TL Promotion held their latest show. Although it wasn't the biggest, best or most notable it was a card headlined by a very, very interesting match up and the pay way to kick off a very busy day of boxing.
That main event saw novice professional Nonthasith Petchnamthong (2-0) take a monster step up in class to take on former WBC Light Flyweight world champion Kompayak Porpramook (60-10, 41), who is past his best but still a nightmare of an opponent.
The 26 year old Nonthasith, who only debuted in August when he beat Arnon Yupang, was under pressure from the off. Porpramook, also known as Suriyan Satorn, was on the offensive straight away, taking the center of the ring and pressing the novice from the opening. It was the typical Kompayak gameplan, and the type of thing that has made him a cult star with the hardcore fans of the lower weights.
Sadly for Kompayak his pressure wasn't always the most effective. Often he was too slow, showing his age, and under-sized, with this bout coming at Bantamweight. The former world champion caught Nonthasith plenty, but could never really dent him, and as the fight went on Nonthasith's youth, energy and work rate began to see him rack up round after round.
Kompayak was shaken once or twice in the middle to late rounds, but never badly hurt. In fact the only real time either man was in any real discomfort was when Nonthasith took one low. Even then he shook it off rather quickly and resumed control of the bout.
After 10 rounds it was a clear win for Nonthasith, but one he had to work for, every round. It was an impressive win for a second professional bout, and a real, genuine test.
As for Kompayak, he has proven, again, that he is one of the most under-rated, fan friendly, fighters out there and a true servant to Thai boxing. The 38 year old is certainly coming to the end of his career, but with energetic, hungry performances like this, we do hope he sticks around a bit long as he still manages to make really fun contests and always give his all. A lot more than can be said for some fighters out there.
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