Earlier today in Bangkok local fans were given a number of notable treats. Not only were they able to see Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take part in an exhibition bout but also a couple of new champions being crowned, as two locals won OPBF silver titles.
One of those new champions is Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) who defeated Japanese fighter Umi Ishikawa (7-3, 5) [石川海] to become the new OPBF silver Female Minimumweight champion.
Kanyarat, who was seen last year in Japan being stopped by Kasumi Saeki, fought on the back foot early on, and landed the better shots, including some very good counters. Sadly though her good work was often overshadowed by her unnecessary use a few dirty tactics up close, including pushing the laces of her gloves in Ishikawa's face and a few rabbit punches. As the fight went on Ishikawa began to fade, tiring her self out and mentally looking like she had had enough of Kanyarat's tactics. When that happened the local turned the tables, began coming forward, unloading a huge flurry that sent Ishikawa down. She would beat the count but the referee wisely choose not to allow the bout to continue, at an official time of 1:57 of round 3
The other new champion is Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, who stopped Filipino journeyman Crison Omayao (24-19-4, 8) to become the new OPBF Silver Light Flyweight champion.
Omayao had failed to make weight at the weigh in yesterday, so was unable to win the belt, though never really looked competitive with the Thai. From the opening round Satanmuanglek looked in control, pressed the action and despite being the lighter man at the weigh in looked the much stronger man. It was the educated pressure from Satanmuanglek that was key and he was breaking down the Filipino round by round, with brutal body shots,being the main feature. Those body would send Omayao to the canvas 3 times to force a 4th round TKO win.
Tomorrow we'll see Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (10-0, 4) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, battle against experienced Filipino foe Crison Omayao (24-18-4, 8) in a bout for the OPBF silver Light Flyweight title.
Sadly Omayao won't be able to win the title, after failing to make weight today for the bout against his Thai foe.
The Thai made the 108lb limit with no issues, though Omayao came in at 110lbs.
Omayao was then unable to reduce his weight afterwards, making him ineligible to win the title, even if he does defeat the Thai.
A second title bout on this show will see Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (4-2, 2) face off with Japan's Umi Ishikawa (7-2, 5) [石川海] in a contest for the OPBF silver Female Minimumweight title. The Thai made the 105lb limit whilst Ishikawa was 102lbs for the bout.
(Image courtesy of Phet Yindee Boxing Promotion / Thairec)
Today fight fans in in the Philippines had a low key card. Although it wasn't a huge show it did feature a number of notable fighters, including two really promising young fighters from the Watanabe gym in Japan.
One of those was former Japanese Minimumweight title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (7-1, 5) [谷口 将隆], who easily over-came the over-matched Benjie Bartolome (2-10-2), who retired at the end of the opening round to suffer his 8th stoppage loss. For Taniguchi the bout was his first since a narrow loss to Reiya Konishi in a Japanese title fight, and it's clear that he will be hunting his second title fight in the near future.
The other prospect was the brilliantly talented Hironori Mishiro (2-0, 1) [三代 大訓], who took a clear decision win over the limited but tough Pablito Canada (6-12-1, 1). Whilst Mishiro was always expected to win he did get a good work out here against a tough Canada, who has only been stopped once during his career, and interestigly fought to a draw earlier this year with up coming Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto.
Notable Japanese female fighter Umi Ishikawa (5-0, 3) [石川 海] made it 3-0 for Japan as she stopped Aisah Alico (6-8, 5) at the end of round 3, to move towards her title fights.
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